I did it. I went 10 whole days (in a row) without sugar. It wasn’t my favorite 10 days, but it also wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected. Although I am back on the sugar wagon…pretty hard.
I won’t go through every day, but here’s a little snapshot of what it was like:
Day 1: I went to the grocery store to stock up on healthy eats for the week. I got tons of fruit, a lot of veggies, and some lean meats. I was also able to find a couple of easy snacks with no sugar, but I have to say that’s not super easy. Especially when your idea of a snack is Cheez-Itz and a can of Coke. Healthy eating is so.expensive. I literally spent double my normal grocery bill.
Another notable from the day: coffee with NO sugar. I felt like such a grown-up. (update: I later discovered Trader Joe’s cold brew and it was a life changer. So much better than hot coffee with no sugar)
I had a really healthy lunch out with clients – fish with veggies, but I was so hungry the rest of the day. I had to try to remember to pack snacks for work. I made these for dinner with black beans, salsa, and guacamole.
I weighed in today, and I was not pleased with what I saw. Like I mentioned before I didn’t do this to lose weight, but I certainly hope that is one of the outcomes!
Day 4: My first weekend of the challenge. I’m getting used to the healthy meals, but the snacking and drinking are killing me. We had friends over twice today. I was a nice host, and did not make them participate in my sugar free challenge. I offered several different appetizers, wine, and beer – and I didn’t even cheat once. I made myself some raspberry lime infused water so I wouldn’t feel left out of the drinking. It was a great refreshing summer drink!
I had taco salad (same turkey recipe above) for lunch, and went out for dinner where I had a shrimp taco (sugar free tortilla of course). I am literally going to turn into a taco. It’s just so easy to make since I can throw together some meat and veggies and slide them into a sugar free tortilla. Maybe not the healthiest option…
Day 6: Back at work. I had skinny black bean nachos for lunch (of course, more Mexican) and made these turkey meatballs with a salad for dinner. I turned the husband’s into a delicious looking meatball sub…I was pretty jealous actually.
I weighed in again today, and I have to say I was pretty disappointed. I was so good all weekend…no sugar OR alcohol, and I had only lost 2 pounds. Maybe I should start exercising??
Day 10: Woo hoo! It’s finally over.
For breakfast I had a piece of Ezekiel bread toasted with peanut butter and a banana on top. It was delicious! I think that’s a breakfast I can keep up with even though the challenge is over. For dinner I made salmon with baked sweet potatoes and broccoli. I felt pretty accomplished after that meal, I must say.
Overall I definitely feel better, and I’m really glad I did it. I lost about 4 pounds (but keep in mind I almost exclusively ate Mexican food for a week so I could’ve been better). I have already had enough sugar to make up for the 10 days I was without it, but I do think I will be making more conscious decisions about the meals I prepare and the foods I buy. That alone makes the challenge worth it, I think.