Day 10 Fed Up Challenge

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It’s ovveerrrr! I made it 10 days with no (or very little!) added sugar.

It was a long 10 days, but I’m happy I took on the challenge. And proud that I was able to make it through! There were a few days when I thought I was going to lose it. Like stuff-my-mouth-with-donut-holes-at-work kind of lose it. Don’t worry, I restrained myself from doing so. :)

So what did I eat that very last day?

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Breakfast (7:30 a.m.): The usual smoothie, but with hemp seeds. This was my first time ever eating hemp seeds. They were on sale at Whole Foods, so I thought, why not! It definitely gave my smoothie a more earthy taste. Not sure if I’m the biggest fan. However, I will definitely give them another try to see if they grow on me. They are supposed to be good for you, after all.

Snack (9:30 a.m.): Piece of the no-sugar added dark chocolate that I blogged about it in Day 9. I don’t know if that should be considered a “snack”, but whatever. :)

Lunch (11:30 a.m.): Bowl of chicken wild rice soup from the local coffee shop. With no crackers or bread. Although at that moment in time all I wanted was to rip open that cracker packet and pour it all over that soup! Again, I restrained myself.

Snack (2:00 p.m.): The rest of that chocolate bar. I think I may have a problem here people.

Snack (5:45 p.m.): A handful of salt and vinegar chips after hot yoga. I hadn’t  been to hot yoga in what felt like forever! Too busy with the house hunting/wedding planning. It felt great to step on the mat and get back into the groove of listening to my body, quieting my mind, and just breathing. Ahhhh…

Dinner (7:30 p.m.): After yoga, I went and met my momma at Mall of America. She works at the Macy’s there, and wanted to try out the new Benihana restaurant they just put in. We shared edamame, a crunchy tempura shrimp roll, and she ordered tempura scallops. I’m not a huge scallop fan, but I tried one anyway. And then remembered why I wasn’t a huge scallop fan!

The sushi wasn’t bad, although there was crab in it, and I’m thinking it was imitation. That stuff just freaks me out. Talk about artificial colors and flavors! Eww eww eww. Regardless, it was nice to catch up with my mom over glass of wine. I didn’t think I would ever say this, but I think I’m burned out on sushi. I’ve had it once a week for the past three or so. Time for some other type of cuisine!

And that wraps up the last day of the Fed Up Challenge!

Biggest Challenge:

Not giving up. Period.

Tip of the Day:

You can do anything you put your mind to. Really, you can.

Want to know what I ate the day after the Fed Up Challenge?

Breakfast (7:30 a.m.): Udi’s gluten-free bread with PB (still the sugar free kind).

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Lunch (11:30 a.m.): A mixed greens salad with carrots, sunflower seeds, avocado, and tomato with the same sugar-free Annie’s Oil and Vinegar dressing I’ve been using the past 10 days. I also had three slices of Applegate Farm’s Uncured Deli Ham (that contained sugar, of course).

Snack (2:00 p.m.): A banana. Plain and simple.

Snack (5:00 p.m.): Handful of salt and vinegar chips (they’re still not gone!) and a piece of some fancy Italian cheese that was on sale.

Dinner (7:30 p.m.): Went out with a friend to a place called Pat’s Tap. It’s a cute little gastropub with old fashioned skee-ball, lots of beers, and delicious food! We split an order of the cheese curds (from WI, of course) that comes with their smoked tomato ketchup (that I was finally able to eat!). We both ordered burgers, and had a beer. I haven’t had a beer in forever. Usually I feel like crap after I drink a beer (especially when I combine that with fried, greasy food!), but I actually felt just fine. I’d like to think that 10 day sugar detox had something to do with it! :)

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Alright ya’ll, it’s 75 degrees and sunny here in Minneapolis, and I’m getting the heck out of here! Have a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. :)

Day 9 Fed Up Challenge

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One more day. One more day. One more day! That was my mantra all of Tuesday. I had a pretty uneventful day, and this will probably be a pretty uneventful post. It’s 9:45 at night and this girl is tired!

So let’s just jump right in…

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What did I eat, on Day 9 Fed Up Challenge?

Breakfast (7:30 a.m.): Plain organic yogurt with frozen mixed fruit (strawberry, mango, pineapple, banana), chia seeds, and cocoa nibs. Basically I was too lazy to make a smoothie so I just threw everything together and made a healthy version of a yogurt parfait!

Snack (9:30 a.m.): Handful of mixed nuts. As per usual.

Lunch (11:15 a.m.): The leftover pork chop and veggies from our date night at JD Hoyt’s Saturday. I was dying to put some barbecue sauce or ketchup on it, but knew I couldn’t. I just love me some condiments! :)

Snack (2:00 p.m.): I was out on a few errands for the work-based learning part of my job (where I help students get jobs and then monitor them so they can receive high school credit) when I decided to stop at my favorite local coffee shop (which also happens to be right next to my work!). The place is called BruHouse and serves up sandwiches, homemade soups, and the usual coffee and tea selection. I got myself this unsweetened raspberry ice tea and a cup of chicken wild rice soup to go. This iced tea saved my life! I was craving something sweet since lunch, and this did the trick.

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 Sweet, sweet, unsweetened ice tea.

Snack (5:30 p.m.): After work I walked down to the grocery store (it’s about a mile from our place) and picked up a few things for dinner and the week. I also ran across these babies in the chocolate aisle:

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CHOCOLATE!

We’ve had this kind before, but for some reason I didn’t really think about them for oh…the past 8 days. What was I thinking! They only contain stevia as a sweetener, which is derived from the stevia plant. It doesn’t spike your blood sugar like sugar itself does and has essentially zero calories (but not because it’s artificial). I only had a small piece of the almond variety, but boy was it good. Hit the spot after 8 days of no sugar!

Dinner (7:00 p.m.): Grilled chicken salad on baby romaine lettuce. With tomato and these parmesan crisps. Parmesan crisps are so freakishly delicious. I had two. :)

Our original plan was to make caesar salad, but I thought there was sugar in mayonnaise so I dressed mine with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Then I realized (after I finished my salad, of course!) that the mayo we have in the house does not actually contain any sugar – bah! It was still delicious, regardless.

Snack (9:30 p.m.): Upon returning home from teaching yoga, I was still a bit hungry. I had a handful of sea salt and vinegar chips (my favorite!) and split an orange with the fiancé.

And that’s a wrap!

Biggest challenge of the day?

Having to go into Culver’s (a local fast food joint that has amazing ice cream) to talk to an employer of one of my student’s. It was beyond tempting to be in there with all those delicious looking ice creams floating around!

Tip of the Day

If you know you can’t get rid of sugar completely for the day, focus on the small choices can you make to eliminate some of it. What are the obvious sources that you can eliminate? Desserts, sodas, and (most!) condiments are full of sugar.

Alright folks. It’s currently 10:20 p.m. and I am officially done with my 10 days of no sugar! I’ll fill you in on the last day tomorrow. Until then, feel free to leave me a comment or question below – I love hearing from you!

 

Day 8 Fed Up Challenge

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“It’s just another manic Monday, wish it were Sunday, cause that’s my fun day, my I don’t have to run day….”. That was my theme song for yesterday, Day 8 Fed Up Challenge. Except it was the opposite of manic. It was rainy and cold and just down right slow going. But I was still wishing it was Sunday. Especially with how beautiful it was out!

The fiance and I looked at another wedding venue yesterday, which was exciting. We are getting closer to making decisions about the big day – finally!

We also grabbed dinner out, instead of cooking like we said we were going to. Tsk tsk. (Can you picture my shaking my finger in disappointment? Well I am.). Although I didn’t feel that bad about it. Our wedding venue tour didn’t get done until 6, and we still needed to go to the grocery store. So we said screw it and went to Moto-I for some delicious Asian food. I was craving ramen, and ramen was what I got.

But let’s back up. What did I eat the beginning of the day?

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Breakfast: Same smoothie as Sunday. A take on the Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie, but without whole banana. And with Trader Joe’s mixed fruit instead.

Lunch: Organic beef summer sausage, organic cheddar cheese, and Back to Nature Multi-seed Gluten Free Rice Thins.

I also had some Tostitos corn chips and salsa left over from our staff potluck last week.

Snack: Handful of mixed nuts while driving by potential houses. Oh, and an orange.

Being I had enough time before our wedding venue tour, I stopped at a coffee shop by the fiance’s work in NE Minneapolis. He’s been raving about the place: Spyhouse Coffee. I had a cup of this delicious herbal tea. Flavors of cinnamon, clove, orange. I don’t know exactly what is was called, but it was divine. I would definitely go back for some more! Not to mention the interior is really cool. Lot’s of wood, open spaces, plenty of seating.

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Dinner: Like I mentioned before, the fiance and I made the decision to go grab something to eat, rather than eat at home. We went to Moto-I and I ordered their signature ramen dish, called Abura Ramen. It is broth-less, containing only noodles, poached egg, pickled onions, bonito flakes, and green onion.

I unfortunately was so hungry it didn’t even cross my mind to take a picture. Upon Google searching Moto-I at work today however, I found a) a picture of the dish and b) a really cool blog! The blog is called Everywhere Once and it’s about this couple who quit their corporate jobs and now travel around the U.S. (and world!). It’s a pretty cool story, and you can check it out yourself here: http://everywhereonce.com/

This was the picture they captured of Moto I’s Abura Ramen:

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 Much healthier than the packaged kind!

I also had a few bites of the fiance’s fried rice. And we split an order of edamame.

Biggest Challenge?

Just wanting something sweet, so bad. The orange and herbal tea helped.

Tip of the Day:

Don’t be afraid to ask servers what ingredients are in their foods. If they don’t know, they can ask a chef or manager. Besides, it’s their job!

So that was that. As I wrap this up, it is almost 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The sun is shining and it’s supposed to get up to almost 80 degrees. Time to get outside! :)

Day 7 Fed Up Challenge

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Day 7 Fed Up Challenge has gone and went. It was Sunday and a perfect day for a round of golf. Sunny and low 70s. Finally!

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It’s the first time I’ve been out golfing since last summer (which feels like forever ago!). The fiancé bought me my own clubs for my birthday, which was awesome! In previous years I’ve borrowed my mom’s clubs, which was always a hassle because I would have to get over to that side of town and pick them up. Which forced me to plan ahead. Which I’m not very good at. :)

Upon waking yesterday morning, the fiancé and I were watching Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown CNN series. He was in Mexico, and the food looked amazing! Although it was breakfast time, I was craving Mexican food. So I fixed myself up some chips and Amy’s Black Bean and Corn salsa.

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Although I prefer homemade salsa, I don’t discriminate against a good canned salsa. Especially if it’s organic. This is the first time I’ve tried Amy’s Salsa. Frontera Salsa is probably my favorite, but this stuff is still pretty darn good.

OK so what did I eat all darn day? Read on my friends, read on…

Breakfast (9:00 a.m.): Well you already know this one, but it was more like a snack before breakfast. If that’s even a thing. Chips and Salsa, breakfast of champions. :)

Lunch (11:30 a.m.): Lunch was more like breakfast, as I made a smoothie with organic plain yogurt, organic peanut butter, chia seeds, cocoa nibs, and frozen mixed fruit (banana, mango, pineapple, strawberry) from Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s is my favorite for packaged healthy snacks. Not to mention they are super cheap! I made this smoothie and then drank it as we headed to the fiancé’s parent’s house.

Snack (1:30 p.m.): Bag of Lay’s Original chips. Mini bag, not big bag. I don’t like chips that much. OK, maybe I do. But I wouldn’t do that. Or maybe I would. :) Regardless, this was the healthiest non-sugar snack I could find at the clubhouse before tee off. Oh and a Bloody Mary. Does that have sugar in it? I hope not!

Snack (4:00 p.m.): Another Bloody Mary (no judging people!), and a handful of peanuts. Oh and a few carrots that were in my purse. I mean in a baggie in my purse. Otherwise that would just be weird.

Dinner (7:00 p.m.): After golfing we headed to Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter in Stillwater. A cute little German restaurant with all the traditional German food. Now although I’m part German, I really am not the biggest German food fan. Now that’s not to say I won’t enjoy it, but I never ever crave it, nor would I care if I ever ate German food again. I’ve been to this place before and it’s a good solid restaurant, with good solid food. I ordered roast beef with dark gravy, potato dumplings, and red cabbage. I also had some of the fiancé’s Schnitzel, with mushroom sauce. Mmm. 

Well, that was it. We ate out (again) so it’s hard to say if I consumed any sugar, but I have been trying to order things that would contain at least less sugar.

Biggest challenge?

Wanting dessert ALL.THE.TIME. I made it all day without too strong of sugar cravings, but once we got to the restaurant and the waitress came by with the tray of desserts, I about freaked. I mean like I’m-going-to-run-over-there-and-stuff-a-piece-of-chocolate-cake-in-my-mouth kind of freak. Will these cravings ever go away? Maybe if I wait it out long enough I’ll stop craving sugar, but I don’t think that’s likely. Especially because there is a most delicious thing in this world that exists. Its name is chocolate. :)

Tip of the Day

Find a support partner. When you are making a big dietary change (or fitness change, or lifestyle change, etc.) it helps to have someone on your side who will encourage you when you are ready to give up. For me, it’s my fiancé. He is not only a) the love of my life and b) my best friend, he is also c) my partner in every sense of the word. Tonight I was dying for some pizza and about to give in, when he was like “you’re so close, don’t give up now”. That my friends, is when you know you have a keeper. :)

Welp folks, that’s all I’ve got for today. I have been getting progressively worse at taking pictures the last few days so tomorrow’s post may be more visually boring than today’s! Sometimes you’re so caught up in the moment of life, that you forget to capture it. Which is not a bad problem to have. :)

Got a question? Got a comment? Leave ’em below and I’ll get back to you!

Day 6 Fed Up Challenge

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Yesterday was Day 6 Fed Up Challenge, and also the first weekend day of the challenge. I think that actually made it easier being I wasn’t at work, and thus could eat more than what I just brought with me!

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I’m was still craving sweets like crazy (when I don’t normally even like sweets!) and have held steady as best as I can.

What did I eat yesterday? Lots of good things! Read on: 

Breakfast: I slept in yesterday, which felt amazing. That is my most favorite part about the weekends. Likely because I have to be up extra early for teaching, and because I just love lounging in bed! Not having to jump out of bed and rush around to get ready. It’s even more amazing when the fiancé also gets to lounge in bed with me. Birds chirping outside the window, sun streaming in through the blinds. Pure heaven.

Usually we have bigger breakfasts on the weekends, but I was off to watch some soccer games and the fiancé off to golf. So I ate a handful of mixed nuts on the way to the games, and a big juicy delicious orange once I got there. It felt amazing to sit out in the sun, peeling and enjoying an orange.

Lunch: I lied yesterday when I said that was my last chicken salad for awhile. I forgot I had made an extra large one on Friday, and took the rest home. So I ate the leftovers of that once I got home from the soccer games. It wasn’t super great, as it already had dressing on it from Friday and thus was a bit soggy. I added some extra avocado to it though and polished it off! I also had a handful of salt and vinegar kettle chips. Definitely a weakness for me! I haven’t polished off the bag yet (it’s a pretty big bag!) but it will probably be gone by the end of next week. A handful here, a handful there…

Dinner: After lunch I blogged for Day 5 Fed Up Challenge, and then decided to take a nap. It’s not like I overexerted myself or anything, but I was drowsy from not sleeping that well (I never do on the weekends being I stay up later and still manage to get up around the same time as during the work week!). It felt amazing. After my nap I got up and went for a walk down by the lake. It turned out to be a gorgeous night! At the soccer games I was a bit chilly as it was windy, but the wind died down last night and the temperatures rose and it was perfect.

After I got back from the walk, the fiancé was home from golf and had turned on the Twins game. Being it was so nice out, and we didn’t have a whole lot of plans (except to eat dinner!) we decided to spontaneoulsy head to the Twins game! It had only just begun, and being we live so close to downtown, we made it there before the end of the first inning.

Once at the game, we shared a popcorn. It was basically one of the only things I could eat that I figured didn’t have sugar in it! Although I love popcorn, and salty popcorn at that, sometimes the yellow artificialness (is that a word?) gets to me. But again, I was pretty darn hungry and didn’t have a lot of options! It was a tempting place to be with the mini donuts, ice cream, etc. etc. I just wanted it all!

It was a good game to go to. The weather was perfect, and we won 4-3! Not a bad way to spend Saturday night.

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Take me out to the ballgame.

After the game we walked down to JD Hoyt’s Supper Club. I had never been before, but the fiancé has and one of best friends raves about the place.

I had a cup of clam chowder with corn to start. We then split the pork chops. You can get one 13 oz. pork chop for $21, or two for $25. Well that’s a no brainer! It was also a good choice because it didn’t have barbecue sauce on it as a lot of the other dishes did. Now don’t get me wrong, I looove barbecue sauce, but barbecue sauce equals sugar, so that was a no go!

The pork chops came with vegetables, an assortment of green and yellow zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and red onion. We ordered a side of hash browns and a side of the gratin potatoes. They were amazing. And the cheese sauce on them went really well with the vegetables!

I also had a glass of red wine. Although alcohol is essentially sugar, as far as I’m concerned there isn’t any sugar added to red wine. (Or least there better not be!)

So that was that. Overall, a successful day.

Biggest Challenge?

Being in a public venue where the smell of mini donuts fills the air and people all around me are consuming loads of sugary goodness. Ahhh! 

Tip of the Day

Don’t beat yourself up if you have a slip up. Every meal is a another chance to make a good choice! Forget about what you ate prior, and stay focused in the present moment.

Alright folks, happy Sunday! We’re off to golf here soon. It’s supposed to get up to 70 degrees today and I could not be more excited!  :)

 

Day 5 Fed Up Challenge

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Day 5 Fed Up Challenge down – officially half way!

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Yesterday I put on a blood drive at my school, and boy was it a busy day! I got to work extra early, and was running around all day between the blood drive and my classroom. Yesterday was also the first day I was able to give blood, EVER! Every time I try to give my iron is too low. Even in college I had to take iron supplements or they weren’t going to let me play soccer. So imagine my surprise when I tried to give yesterday and my iron was high enough to donate! I think it was extra special for me as my dad received several blood transfusions at the end of his life this past winter. Maybe he was sending his high iron vibes my way. :) Regardless, it was a pretty cool experience for me.

Last night we also went out to eat, which was interesting. Luckily, we went to a sushi place so it was a bit easier to not order something overly sugar-laden. It was great to catch up with my college friends and their hubbies! We always get a few great laughs in.

OK, so what did I eat yesterday? Well, here goes!

Breakfast (6:30 a.m.): The same ‘ol smoothie I’ve been having all week. However, I was only able to eat about half of it as I KNOCKED THE OTHER HALF ON THE FLOOR! Seriously. What’s even more embarrassing? That was the second time that happened this week. The first time it was only a little bit, but this time, it was A LOT. The worst part? It was on the carpet. Talk about a clean up nightmare. Now you’re probably wondering, how do you possibly spill a smoothie on the carpet?! Here’s how: Set smoothie down while put on shoes and grabbing purse. Then either a) kick over smoothie b) something (i.e. purse, water bottle, etc.) falls over onto smoothie. That’s how.

Snack (9:00 a.m.): Handful of tortilla chips from the staff lounge, while running back and forth between the blood drive!

Lunch (11:30 a.m.): Same ‘ol salad. With chicken, avocado, shredded carrots, and cucumber. You know the deal. That was the rest of the rotisserie chicken, and boy am I ready for a change!

Snack (12:30 p.m.): Post giving blood I was feeling a little weak. I snacked on some trail mix they provided, but made sure to read the labels so it didn’t contain any sugar (it didn’t!). I also had a mini can of 100% orange juice. Just what I needed after depleting my body!

Snack (3:30 p.m.): Organic beef summer sausage, cheddar cheese, and Back to Nature Multi-Seed Rice Thin Crackers. I like these crackers because they a) are gluten-free b) don’t contain any sugar (or other additives for that matter!) and c) don’t taste like cardboard. Always a plus. :)

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Dinner (7:30 p.m.): We went to a place called Akita Sushi in Woodbury. The service was, well, interesting to say the least. We were seated at a Hibachi grill, but with no Hibachi chef. We only had two menus for six people and when we asked for more menus, we got one additional one. Then they weren’t going to let two of the couples order the all-you-can-eat, and the other couple order from the menu. We then got a new server, who was super nice. However, when my friend ordered a gin and tonic, he was brought a tonic and whiskey (eww!). We asked her about the all you can eat situation and she asked the manager, who then said that it was fine. Long story short, we all got what we wanted, it just took a bit of effort!

The fiancé and I split some edamame, tempura shrimp and vegetables, fried rice, and I had a few pieces of a sushi roll with tempura shrimp, avocado, and salmon. I also had one gyoza (dumpling) of the fiancé’s. As for sugar count, I have really no idea. I know that tempura batter doesn’t typically have sugar in it. Nor does gyoza dough. There was the sauce on top of the sushi roll, however, that likely contained sugar. Other than that though, there was definitely way more salt than sweet in this meal!

So, I survived eating out, and Day 5!

Biggest challenge?

Going out to eat and not knowing exactly what’s in your food! And not wanting to ask what’s in every single dish ordered.

Tip of the Day: 

Before going out to eat, check out the menu to create a game plan. It doesn’t mean you have to stick with it precisely, but it will help you from making impulse decisions once you hear what everyone else is ordering!

Alright friends, enjoy the rest of your weekend! Comments/questions? Let me know below – I love hearing from you!

 

Day 4 Fed Up Challenge

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Happy Friday ya’ll!

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Yesterday was Day 4 Fed Up Challenge, and it was by far the hardest day for me. Honestly though, I think it’s because I made eggs for breakfast. I was feeling a change of pace (not to mention I had no bananas in the house for a smoothie!), so decided to fry up two eggs before work. I usually only eat eggs on the weekends (and definitely not every weekend). Sometimes when I eat eggs, I don’t feel that great afterwards. Especially if I eat more than one. That was the case yesterday.

It was also potluck at work for May/June staff birthdays. What unfortunate timing! I said I would bring my Buffalo Chicken Dip, but Wednesday night kind of forgot about it. The fiancé’s mom loaned me some cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese while we were at dinner. We had the rest of the ingredients in the house. Or so I thought. When I woke up in the morning however, I realized I had forgotten the ranch dressing! My coworker was nice enough to run out on his prep hour to pick me some up. I got the dip started, and had a few bites to “taste test”. I knew once the ranch came it would have sugar in it, so I had to steal a few bites before that!

The pot luck included homemade chicken noodle soup, Subway sandwiches, BBQ meatballs, chicken salad, and homemade carrot cake that looked to die for. One of my coworkers was like “you can eat a sandwich, there’s no sugar in there”. Unfortunately, the sad truth is, that there more than likely is. Almost all wheat products contain sugar. Just look at this stat from Fed Up:

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 The Scary Truth

That’s nuts. But if you read the ingredient labels you will find out for yourself, that it’s pretty darn true.

Besides just been down right physically hungry yesterday, I was psychologically hungry (is that a thing?). You know when you tell yourself you can’t have something, and then just want it THAT MUCH MORE? Yep, that was me. I have even been dreaming about sweets. The first dream I ate a chocolate chip cookie, and then afterwards was like “oh yea, I wasn’t supposed to eat sugar!”. The next dream someone at my work was eating Oreo cookies in front of me. So weird. I don’t even like sweets that much. Just ask the fiancé. He’s the sweet tooth, I’m the salty. Salt and vinegar chips don’t last long around me.

So what did the day look like for me overall? Well, read on:

Breakfast (7:00 a.m.): 2 organic eggs, fried in a little olive oil.

Snack (9:00 a.m.): Handful of mixed nuts.

Lunch (11:15 a.m.): Few bites of Buffalo Chicken Dip (before the ranch was added). Salad with chicken, avocado, cojito cheese, and cucumber. Chips and Frontera salsa.

Snack (5:00 p.m.): Baby carrots.

Dinner (8:15 p.m.): Fresh cheese tortellini with presto and parmesan cheese. I bought the fresh Bertagni pasta on sale from the grocery store. Although it is obviously gluten-filled, it did not contain added sugar. And usually we make pesto homemade, but I knew this was going to be a crazy week so I bought some of the pre-made kind. It was from CIBO Naturals. They are my favorite airplane convenient store. Lots of fresh, healthy, all-natural options. I didn’t even know they sold products at the grocery store!

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 No sugar here people. Just pure deliciousness.

Challenge of the Day?

Saying no to all the delicious looking goodies at the staff potluck! And craving things just because I know I can’t have them.

Tip of the Day:

You can make the right choice, even when others are tempting you not to! Just know that what you are doing is temporary. And who knows, you may find after 10 days you don’t even crave those things anymore! Or at least, that’s the hope. :)

So that’s it for me. Tonight we are going out to eat with friends. Should be interesting! Feel free to comment/say hello below – I love hearing from you!

 

Day 3 Fed Up Challenge

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Oh hey there. It’s Thursday night and I’m exhausted. But I promised I’d keep you updated on the No Sugar Fed Up Challenge, and I’m keeping to that promise the best I can!

This post will be short and sweet, as it’s off to bed early for this girl. I’ve got to be up extra early as I’m helping run the blood drive at school. I’m going to attempt to give blood for the umpteenth time. My iron is always just a tiny bit too low! I’ve had low iron for as long as I can remember (I even had to take iron pills in college so they would let me play soccer – eww). I should maybe be more worried about it than I am, but I honestly don’t know the difference. Besides, ask anyone who knows me, I usually have enough energy to go around! :)

So on to what I ate yesterday (which was Wednesday, and day 3):

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Breakfast (7:15 a.m.): The same darn smoothie as the last two days. I know, I lead an exciting life!

Snack (9:45 a.m.): Handful of almonds. Nuts are a pretty regular staple for me.

Lunch (11:15 a.m.): Same salad as the past two days (again, exciting life!) with cucumber, avocado, chicken, and cojito cheese. I just bring the entire packages of things to work and store it in the fridge. That way I don’t have to put together a salad every single day (because lord knows I don’t give myself nearly enough time in the mornings!).

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No sugar added dressing = hard to find!

Snack (2:00 p.m.): Bag of Fritos at our work meeting (yes I know, not my proudest moment). One of my staff members always brings treats, and these are my favorite! Besides, they still have no sugar. That counts for something, right? :)

Dinner (8:00 p.m.): For dinner last night we ate at the fiancé’s parent’s house. They always make the most delicious meals. Grilled chicken with peanut satay sauce, coconut rice, and carrot, red onion, and cucumber slaw. Was there sugar in this meal? Yes. Was it at least in the form of not-super-overly-processed honey? Yes. Although I knew there was a little sugar, I wasn’t going to be rude and not eat. Not to mention I was a) starving and b) that food is too good to pass up. So did I cheat? Well, maybe. Do I care that much? No. What I’m really trying to eliminate is added processed sugar.

Biggest Challenge?

Eating at someone else’s house, when you don’t know exactly what ingredients are in everything.

Tip for the Day:

Have and carry with you healthy (no sugar added!) snacks. It’s a lot harder to make good choices when you are hungry!

Alright folks, that’s it for today! Comment or questions? Post it below! I love hearing from you. :)

 

Day 2 Fed Up Challenge and WIAW

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Woo hoo! Day 2 Fed Up Challenge down. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my post from yesterday.

Today is also What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) hosted by Peas and Crayons.

Being I am posting what I ate each day for this Fed Up Challenge, I figured I might as well make my WIAW about what I ate yesterday (which was Tuesday, but whatever!).

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Let’s jump right in:

Breakfast (7:15 a.m.): The same Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie I’ve been obsessing over. No, I’m not sick of it yet. And yes, I will let you know when I am (if that ever happens!).

Snack (10:00 a.m.): Handful of Nut Harvest Lightly Roasted Almonds I picked up at Target the other day.

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Lunch (11:15 a.m.): Salad with rotisserie chicken, avocado, cojito cheese, and shredded carrots. Lightly dressed with Annie’s Oil and Vinegar dressing. Seriously, it is hard to find salad dressing without sugar! Thus why it’s better to make your own when possible.

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Snack (6:00 p.m.): Organic beef summer sausage with organic cheddar cheese. I was so beyond hungry when I started dinner, that this is what I snacked on while cooking! Perhaps than this is more like an appetizer…

Snack (7:00 p.m.): Dinner is still not done and I’ve got to run to teach yoga. So another snack it is. This time it’s organic blue corn with flax seed chips and Amy’s black bean and corn salsa. No sugar added of course!

Dinner (9:30 p.m.): Being the fiance finished up dinner, I was able to eat this delicious braised chicken thighs with mushrooms and wild rice dish when I returned. So good! It turned out a bit spicy, although were not quite sure how. It was adapted from Emeril’s recipe for Braised Chicken Thighs with Button Mushrooms.

I took this picture at 9:30 p.m. last night, and honestly didn’t care too much about how it looked as I just wanted to devour it! So it really does not do this dish justice. It was full of flavor and the chicken just feel apart. And the crunchiness of the wild rice with the savoriness of the mushrooms – delish! I’ll post the recipe here once this 10-day challenge is done.

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Challenge I encountered?

The fiance really wanted to use brown sugar to help caramelize the onions and mushrooms (like we usually do!). But we decided to take the healthier route and just say no (to sugar!).

Tip of the Day

Read labels. Educate yourself on what’s in your food and drink. Even things you think are healthy might still contain sugar or other additives!

Alright, that’s it folks. Here’s to another day of no sugar! Feel free to leave me a comment below – I love hearing from you!

Have a great (clean eating kind of) day! :)

Day 1 – Fed Up Challenge

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Hello! And happy Tuesday. :)

Hope you had a fantastic weekend and a lovely Mother’s Day (if that’s your thing of course!).

Yesterday marked the beginning of the 10-day Fed Up Challenge. What is the Fed Up Challenge you ask? To go 10 days without eating sugar. 10 days!

So what is Fed Up?

Fed Up is a new movie that highlights the obesity epidemic and how it is linked to sugar. Sugar is in almost EVERYTHING, and contributes to a lot of illnesses. Research shows that sugar can be physically addicting, and acts almost like a drug within our body. Being companies use so much sugar in their products, our government subsidizes sugar (as in, gives farmers financial incentives to grow it). Instead of giving subsidies to, say, organic vegetable farmers. The stuff we really should be eating more of!

As a teacher, I see a lot of sugar in our students’ school breakfasts and lunches. We have become so concerned with fat over the past decade (or so!) that we have loaded our food up with sugar to compensate (and have meanwhile turned to highly processed low-fat or no-fat products). We are now finding that fat wasn’t such a problem after all. It’s sugar that is doing the real damage, spiking our blood sugar and leaving us wanting more.

If you’re curious in learning more, I encourage you to go see the movie (I have yet to see it – but am hoping to soon!) or educate yourself more on the effects of sugar on the body. You can read any of the following articles or posts to start:

http://wellnessmama.com/15/harmful-effects-of-sugars/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-kirkpatrick-ms-rd-ld/dangers-of-sugar_b_3658061.html

http://authoritynutrition.com/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad/

And although I believe it’s too late to officially sign-up, feel free to start your own 10-day challenge! You could even start with one day and work your way up from there. Even a little sugar reduction will go a long way!

As the challenge progresses, I’ll be posting what I have been eating every day, what challenges I encounter, and what resources I find helpful.

First off, what is sugar?

According to Merriam-Webster.com sugar has the following definitions:

1 a :  a sweet crystallizable material that consists wholly or essentially of sucrose, is colorless or white when pure tending to brown when less refined, is obtained commercially from sugarcane or sugar beet and less extensively from sorghum, maples, and palms, and is important as a source of dietary carbohydrate and as a sweetener and preservative of other foods
b :  any of various water-soluble compounds that vary widely in sweetness, include the monosaccharides and oligosaccharides, and typically are optically active
2 :  a unit (as a spoonful, cube, or lump) of sugar
3 :  a sugar bowl

Most of us know what sugar is. However, did you know that there are roughly 56 different names for sugar?! Craziness!

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Now not all sugar is created equal. The highly processed kind is obviously the worst for us (just like anything highly processed). Other sugars, such as raw honey, have antioxidants and other nutrients that do provide health benefits. And then there is fruit, which is about as close to natural sugar as you can get.

There are also types of food and drink that turn into sugars in our bodies (i.e.  carbohydrates). I’m not saying that carbohydrates are bad (especially not complex carbohydrates), but as a nation we eat a lot of refined carbohydrates (such as white flour) which turn into sugar very quickly in the body.

The Bottom Line

In this 10-day Challenge, I am vowing to not eat any refined or added sugars. I am allowing myself to eat whole fruit (although I typically only eat 1 piece a day for health reasons anyway). And although I typically eat a relatively gluten-free diet, I am also trying to restrict the number of refined “gluten-free” products I consume (most have sugar in them anyway!).

What did my first day of sugar-free look like? Read on…

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Breakfast (7:30 a.m.): My new favorite smoothie. Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie. OK, you’re thinking chocolate has sugar in it, right? Well this isn’t exactly chocolate. This smoothie contains cacoa nibs, which are pieces of raw cacao beans that have been roasted. When you make chocolate you combine these with cacao butter, sugar, milk, and other ingredients.

Lunch (11:15 a.m.): Spring mix lettuce with avocado, cojito cheese, and cucumbers. I had to top it with roasted tomato salsa that I had in the fridge as all the other salad dressings at work have sugar in them. Wasn’t the most appealing combination, but it worked!

Snack (3:00 p.m.): Small bag of original kettle chips and an unflavored black iced tea (with lemon) from local cafe.

Snack (6:00 p.m.): Handful plain roasted almonds.

Dinner (7:30 p.m.): Caprese salad with burrata cheese, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Sauteed shrimp in butter, lemon, and garlic. Served over gluten-free linguine. This linguine has no added sugar, and is made locally in Wisconsin. It’s obviously a bit refined, but is better than some other options!

Biggest Obstacle of the Day

That would have to be condiments. Boy are they loaded with sugar! Salad dressings, mayonnaise, ketchup, barbeque sauce, the list goes on! I had to buy special salad dressing for work (usually I have small bottles of olive oil and vinegar, but I’m out). I bought the Annie’s Organic Olive Oil and Vinegar, which contains no sugar. Woo-hoo!

Alright, that’s it for today. See you tomorrow for Day 2 and #WIAW!

If you have any questions/comments for me, drop me a message below – I’d love to hear from you!