Why are you going back to sugar-free?
Kyle: I suck at self-control. It’s probably why I have had numerous addictions from alcohol to soda to gambling. I’ve overcome a bunch, even moved soda to the sideline after 27 years, but sugar I love. Donuts, candy, and cookies are so good but then you find out ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and many more Unexpecting items contain sugar. I don’t want to continue
After our last sugar-free challenge I felt great. But without a challenge to strive after I went back to sugar overloading. But it was this past holiday season that I disgusted myself. I ate all the holidays put in front of me, and some more, which added 10 lbs to the scale.
I want to discipline myself. Making this challenge a much longer time frame hopefully will make new habits – positive habits – that I can continue long after the challenge.
Melissa: After going through putting on the pregnancy weight and then losing the pregnancy weight, I am finally to a place where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have always had this goal weight in my head and it finally seems reachable.
I feel like one of the biggest positives of the last challenge was how easily and readily I lost weight when I cut sugar out of my diet. I found it exponentially easier to avoid sugar all together rather than try to limit it.
The old adage is true, once you have something you just want more. As I re-introduced sugar back into my diet I quickly found myself back to my old sugar loving ways. Grabbing a Starbucks one too many days in a row, stocking ice cream in our fridge and sipping down a Rockstar or 5.
Week in Review
Kyle: Going back to sugar free this time wasn’t quite as shocking. I knew no ketchup, bread (except for Ezekiel brand), and no ice cream. But I did want to put barbecue sauce on my Meatloaf Bites. I’ve yet to find a sugar free barbecue sauce, unless it is homemade.
I’ve been scouring for breakfast ideas. If anyone has suggestions please comment below.
But I am feeling great. My energy levels have been good. The last few months I haven’t been running much or working out but I’ve been running 4 days a week and got a gym membership I ACTUALLY USE!
The scale has been kind (as I hoped it would). I have lost about 9 pounds, but a lot of that weight was from excess eating over the holidays.
Melissa: We’ve been talking about and refining this idea for a couple of months now. I knew this day was coming and had said goodbye to my favorite sugary foods.
The first week went splendid. I lost 7 pounds. Had barely any cravings. It was like falling into an old routine.
I feel like I taste food so much more when I am not eating any added sugar. Bananas taste delicious, peanut butter so rich and creamy, nuts so crunchy and flavorful versus the okay I had a cookie and it was good but I want 6 more.
No Sugar, Loads of Goodness
We were looking for a protein heavy breakfast that would keep us full throughout the morning and be full of flavor. We turned to the Happy Herbivore, one of our favorite cookbook authors. In her cookbook Happy Herbivore light & lean on page 25 we struck gold with the Breakfast Tacos. These are a great way to sneak some veggies into your breakfast!
3 corn tortillas
1 sweet potato, cooked
1/2 c cooked black beans
2 green onions, sliced
salsa, nutritional yeast, guacamole (optional toppings)
Warm corn tortillas. Mash sweet potatoes with a fork, season to tastes and spread in the center of tortilla. Top with beans, greens and green onions plus hot sauce, nutritional yeast, and guacamole if desired.