Last week’s attempt at a “sugar detox” was a total fail. The long holiday weekend included plenty of carbs and straight up sugar, but I’m not going to let myself totally off the hook this time. I’m going to try again. Third time’s a charm, right? Yeah, we’ll see…
So I started the morning off right, I got up early and boiled a pot of eggs and baked some bacon for the week. The biggest thing others have said about sticking to the plan is being prepared and having a plan for meals. So, I’ve got breakfast down, now I have to tackle lunch and diner… they are the hardest ones for me.
8am: I peeled two eggs and then just ended up eating a slice of bacon. I’ll have to eat the eggs for lunch today… In addition, I made myself my own iced coffee at home using Grady’s Cold Brew to drink on the way to work. I hope it’s not full of bad stuff… but I figure it can’t be worse than a Starbucks latte which is what I would normally do. Bonus, it’s cheaper too! I tried the coffee just with milk and then decided to go ahead and add a couple of sugars, it just makes it better. But I only added 2 packets of sugar. Two weeks ago I was putting 8 sugars in a cup the same size (of an already flavored latte), so I’m doing good for me. I’ll stick with this for a bit and then try to get it down to no sugar added. I think if I use less of the coffee and more milk, I can use less sugar. I’ll probably cut the coffee out completely soon anyway as I gear up for another round of fertility treatments.
I also packed a 1/2 cup of a dried fruit and nut mix and snacked on it throughout the workday…
1:30pm: I ate the 2 hard-boiled eggs and 1 slice of soggy bacon from this morning along with a salad of mixed greens with some shredded carrots, peas and tomato dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Water to drink.
4:30: suddenly very hungry… need a snack! Good thing I brought an apple and I can finish the rest of the 1/2 cup of the dried fruit and nut mix. Yes, I know dried fruit has a lot of sugar due to its concentrated volume and it’s probably coated in some kind of anti-caking agent but it’s better than a candy bar, right? I can add more nuts to the mix so the ratio is less fruit, that might be better for me. This sudden hunger means a drop in blood sugar, right? I have to figure out what is a good plan for stabilizing blood sugar throughout the day. I leave home at 8am and often don’t get home again until 8pm or later. Maybe I need a little bit of protein as an afternoon snack. But what is fast, easy and portable (and not another Egg)?
9:30: Due to running a couple of errands after work and a time-consuming issue with my subway commute it was late before I got home. I was very hungry and didn’t have time to cook anything for dinner. Even if I did have enough time, I didn’t have a plan and was not prepared with anything so I probably would have gotten take-out anyway. Need less to say, I totally jumped off the bandwagon for dinner. After doing so well yesterday during the day I was a bit disappointed in myself, but did it anyway. A burger and fries just sounded so good. And it did taste good. I took the bottom half of the bun off and only ate the top, in case that counts… The real confession here is that I didn’t feel very well after eating this. This typically happens when I eat this meal. But, I always forget in the moment of deciding that it sounds good, that it makes me feel less-than-great after the fact. I have to try to remember that for next time.