An initial fear I had going into this challenge was that I would be subjected to the same 5 foods over and over until I was sick of them after 28 days. However, thanks to creativity inspired by Pinterest, the rest of the Internet, and the supportive community at Farmgirlfit, I haven’t found myself bored just yet. Tempted? Absolutely. But definitely not bored.
The key to avoiding boredom, especially when limiting food intake, is variation. Making banana pear oatmeal cookies? Switch out the pear puree for some apple puree and throw in some sliced strawberries, too. Chances are, you’ll come up with a finished product that trumps the old one (check out the photo; they were DELICIOUS). And if it doesn’t come out exactly how you’d hoped? Now you know not to make it again. Win-win. 🙂
The best lesson I’ve learned so far is to be adventurous when preparing sugarless food. Participating in the sugar smackdown was a choice I made on Day 1, so I knew I didn’t have an excuse to eat boring food. Why choose to be boring if I could choose to make this month exciting? It doesn’t have to be a burden if you choose to make it fun. 🙂
Day 19 Progress Report
Breakfast: Plain oatmeal topped with banana slices, black coffee.
Snack: Two-egg omelet seasoned with salt and pepper, on berry & nut whole wheat bread with red pepper hummus.
Lunch: Leftover seafood stir-fry.
Snack: Banana apple strawberry oatmeal cookie (rolled oats, banana, apple puree, diced strawberries, soy nuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, spices).
Dinner: Celery sticks with almond butter. Rice crackers with fresh salsa.
Snack: Air-popped popcorn. Slice of extra sharp cheddar cheese with apple slices.