Last week I finally made good on my promise to get my eating back in line. Laura hosted a 7 Day Sugar Detox on Facebook, so I polished off the last piece of peppermint bark, stashed my other Christmas chocolates in the pantry, and stocked up on plain yogurt and natural peanut butter to get through a week of avoiding added sugar.
The most surprising thing about my week avoiding added sugar is how easy it was. Don’t get me wrong, it took planning and preparation, but I already don’t eat much sugar until after dinner. The best thing about my week avoiding added sugar is that it helped me break my cycle of after-dinner snacking. While Laura’s program focused on added sugar, she also encouraged us to limit processed foods, so I kept my hands out of the chips, even though they don’t have added sugar.
No-Sugar Added Breakfasts
Aside from skipping my nightly No Sugar-Added Klondike Bar (despite its name, since it is a highly processed food!), I had to make the most adjustments to my breakfasts.
I’ve been having a rice cake with peanut butter as a pre-workout snack, so I bought some no-sugar added peanut butter. It’s a bit oily (as most natural peanut butters are), but very delicious.
Remember when I slammed rice cakes?
Now I am hooked on Quaker Lightly Salted Rice Cakes
and they’re made with whole grain brown rice.
Instead of eggs and toast (since bread has a bit of added sugar), I opted for a hard-cooked egg and Triscuits, which is what I pack for breakfast after OTF or indoor cycling anyway.
The cucumber adds cool crunchy contrast to the salty cracker.
While my Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal recipe does not include any added sugar, I didn’t have time to make it last weekend, so I switched up my overnight oats recipe:
- 1/3 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 container
- 1/2 cup
waterunsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 Tbsp raisins
- 1 Tbsp slivered almonds
- dash cinnamon
No-Sugar Added Lunches/Dinners
It was easy to avoid added sugar in my lunches and dinners, since I was able to cook dinner at home and bring leftovers for lunch. I did switch from using bottled salad dressing to using 1/2 tsp of olive oil and 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar, since most salad dressings have some sugar.
For “dessert” I had two clementines after lunch and a whole grapefruit after dinner–yes, I eat my grapefruit like an orange and don’t add sugar.
No-Sugar Added Snacks
Since even my “healthy” snack bars have some sort of added sugar, I opted for almonds and unsweetened dried cherries for my afternoon snack.
I feel so good after my week without added sugar that I plan to continue to limit added sugar, and hope to keep my mojo going through my next business trip at the end of the month.
Tuesday: Quick Strength for Runners (Core + Hips)
Thursday: 5.25 mi run
Friday: OTF // Hot Power Fusion at Core Power Yoga
Saturday: 8.6 mi run
Sunday: Quick Strength for Runners (Balance) // 22 mi bike ride
Nuun does have 1g sugar per tablet from added dextrose, so I opted for water with a squeeze of lemon juice for most of my workouts, although I did take Nuun on my long run.
Have you ever done a “sugar detox” or tried to avoid added sugar?
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