So here we are five days into the Fall Challenge and “Sugar Detox” week! I’ve heard lots of comments at class (while people are diligently practicing perfect form and working to their highest level of intensity!).
I began getting the feeling that I was running a drug detox program. It sounded like people were weaning themselves off heavy-duty drugs! I’ve heard comments like “I’m so tired” and “I just don’t know if I can do it”. Questions popped up regarding how much sugar they could have. “But I only had my usual all-natural granola”. Believe me, 99.9% of all granola has lots of sugar added! Why do you think it tastes so good? Not that food without added sugar can’t taste just as good. It’s really just a matter of training our taste buds.
Be kind and patient with yourself. It takes a long time to develop bad habits. We generally can’t change them over night. If you’ve been consuming a lot of added sugar you may experience some withdrawal symptoms like headaches, mood swings and lethargy. Push through it people….Don’t give in! Life is a series of challenges. This is just one of them.
Who isn’t constantly looking for suggestions on healthful food to eat and meals to make? I know I am!
I’ve started this blog (which I’ve resisted doing for years) because I thought it might be a good way to tell everyone what I’m eating during the challenge week. I eat this way all the time but I’m thinking about you guys and want to help all you drug addicts.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Build your meal around vegetables. Then add a small quantity of high quality proteins if you desire.
2. Give yourself a little extra time to prepare a healthy meal or snack. Keep your hands out of boxes and keep boxes out of your house so you won’t be tempted to just grab something quick
3. Sit down and enjoy your meal. Take the time to nourish your body. You’re worth it! No one should be too busy to eat well. What’s more important than your health?
Here’s what I had for lunch today:
Left over Ultimate Veggie Burger. Recipe at 101cookbooks.com
I served my burger over a huge plate of greens then reheated our onion-bell pepper mixture from a few days ago. Covered the burger with the warm mixture, added a bit of sea salt and freshly ground pepper and a spritz of home-made balsamic viniagrette and YUM…my lunch was made. Try it, you’ll like it!