Two weeks of no sugar and still feeling great! Yay! This week has been a bit tougher than the last, but I managed. The more I learn about the topic, the more I am convinced that this is the right approach for me. I don’t want to say that is it the way to go for everyone. There are still many people out there, who can limit themselves to only have one piece of chocolate or one cookie and be satisfied without any further cravings for more. Lucky them! For me sugar is such a trigger food, so it is way easier to waved ‘bye’ and look for healthier alternatives!
Again, this week I did not have any severe cravings, although the fresh-baked waffles at my work cafeteria smelled super yum! But since they contain eggs and butter, I did not even think about ordering one of them. This week I also prepared my Strawberry Lime Chia Jam again to share it with my colleagues at work for our annual New Year’s breakfast. It was well received, even though I did not sweeten it at all! Having the jam on hand and adding it to my oatmeal is also a great way to avoid craving.
What I eat
I ate very simple also this week. I started to get into green smoothies again. Last year it was kind of a habit to drink those nutrition bombs every week, but for reasons unknown I fixed them less and less. I plan to reestablish the green smoothie habit and have them as my afternoon snack! I did so a few times this week and it was amazing. One of my go to green smoothie is my Energizing Green Smoothie. I always make sure to add more greens and veggies and be light on the fruit, so that I get the full health boost and not just a glass of sugar!
Besides green smoothies I ate a not of salads (usually at work), my oats on the morning and lentil and bean dishes at dinner.
How I feel
I still feel great without the sugar in my diet. Once last week I had a kind of moody day. This is usually when I crave sugar the most (as a pick me up!). I stayed strong this time, but decided to have some dates, which did the trick.
I still do yoga and also increased my cardio workouts. It does my body good to move and sweat some more at the gym, especially now that it is so cold outside with not many activities to do outdoors (I have winter sports!).
What I learnt
Sugar is freaking everywhere. It is such a large part of our society and everyday life. It’s not like I haven’t known this before, but when you stay away from the stuff it makes you realizes how present it is. It is not a good idea to address the topic to everyone around you. There are so many people who just love their sweet fix and don’t care what’s in it. With them you can only outcast yourself as the “extreme weirdo”! Just do your thing and let them so theirs. Diet and nutrition in general are very sensitive topics that can become very personal. So be careful! 😉
Favorite Recipe of the Week
I made this Almond Poppy Seed Cake from Cathy Fisher’s blog Straight up Food (one of my favorites!) last Sunday as a little treat. It was very delicious, while not too sweet. I used dried plums instead of the dates (all I had on hand). I guess with the dates the cake would have been much sweeter. We enjoyed it though. Nice combination of flavors with the almond and poppy seeds.
(Photo by Straight up Food)