Sugar Freedom Week 2 Day 1
** This week’s challenge **
Eliminate juices, pop (or “soda” for you weirdos who call it that 😉 ), coffee flavoring, and other sugary drinks.
My sugar sweetie, Heather, and I exchanged food journals today, and we’re both ready to launch into week 2 of the Sugar Freedom challenge. Although this week will be tricky, because we share a love for a good soy latte from Starbucks. The hang-up is that the second ingredient in vanilla soy milk is cane sugar. 😦
So what can we do as a sugar-free alternative?
1. Go cold turkey, straight to black coffee. I did this during the Sugar Smackdown last year, and it was brutal for the first couple of weeks. I eventually got used to drinking my coffee black, but there’s nothing like a foamy hot latte from the drive-thru. Mm …
2. Ask your barista for unsweetened milk alternatives, like unsweetened soy, almond, or hemp milk (as opposed to the vanilla-flavored version).
3. Order black coffee, then mix in a little dollop of half-and-half, a spoonful of honey, and a dash of cinnamon. This can take the edge off your cup o’ joe and add a little bit of sweet without overdoing it.
4. Whatever you do, do NOT order sugar-free flavoring. This is cheating. Sugar-free flavorings may not have real sugar in them, but they have a whole host of other icky stuff that you don’t want running around in your system. (Article: “Sugar-Free doesn’t mean worry-free”)
Day 8 Progress Report
Breakfast: Cooked quinoa with chocolate protein powder, Greek yogurt, and blueberries.
Lunch: Nut Thin crackers, hummus cup, apple.
Snack: dried fruit and nut mix.
Dinner: Chili with cheese, cornbread muffin, peanut butter-filled pretzels, pumpkin brownie, chocolate brownie, gingerbread cupcake. (Yes, I went a little sugar crazy here. I went to a friend’s house for dinner, and she’s an AMAZING baker, so I think I had more sugar tonight than I have in the past week. Yikes.)
Drinks: Coffee, water.