Since changing the way I nourish myself about 3 years ago, I thought I was consuming minimal sugar. I steered away from processed foods and ate mainly veggies, fruits, meats, eggs and some dairy in the form of yoghurt.
But recently there have been a few symptoms popping up for me more than usual. Like waking up to a puffy face and hands, sore joints and never feeling like I am ever satisfied with the food I was eating despite consuming decent sized quantities.
It was time to reassess what was going on.
I looked into what I was eating and it could typically look something like this -
Breaky - 2 boiled eggs and a banana OR Egg white Omelette + Skim Cappuccino
Morning tea - Coffee with skim milk
Lunch - Carrots, Zucchini and Spinach cooked in a Passata Sauce on a bed of mashed cauliflower OR Veggie Soup (Homemade or store bought) + Apple
Afternoon tea - Raw carrots + Apple OR Protein Smoothie with added fruit (made of unsweetened coconut/almond milk).
Dinner - Meat and Salad. Pretty much same big Mumma salad with whatever meat we were all having + Cut up fresh pineapple, rockmelon or peaches (some days on top of yoghurt).
Supper - Fruit and low fat Hot Chocolate.
So when I looked at it, I noticed a few things -
I was eating a LOT of fruit - it is like my filler food or my go to. My security blanket of snack food that I can grab on the way out of the house, keep in my hand bag or car. But 4-5+ serves of fruit may just be too much sugar for my body to handle.
The Passata sauce had a little bit of sugar in it and the store bought soups I was buying to save making fresh ones (since life has been super productive of late) while healthier than most had more sugar that I would like.
The skim milk I was having (because I prefer the taste to full cream) had additional sugars when I subtracted the lactose amount.
Basically, Sugar had crept it's way back in wearing sunglasses and a beanie!
So after going a few weeks not loving how I was feeling, I knew I needed to make a change.
I also knew that I was bored of cooking the same things and that without making a shift in how I was nourishing myself I wasn’t going to change how I was feeling.
I thoroughly enjoy seeing Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar Recipes and stand by her philosophy of eating real food. But I knew that I couldn’t follow the 8 week program exactly. I was happy to be guided by new recipes and ideas but didn’t want to be told what to each every day. I know I need to listen to my body and some days depending on what training I was doing, I knew I would need to eat more.
I didn’t want to ‘jump on a wagon’ or follow a strict plan that is not in line with my mission. This is a lifestyle choice and not one that I am going to beat myself up over if I don’t follow it exactly.
So this week, that is exactly what I have done.
I have realised how habitual I am in my eating habits and have really been practicing my ‘swap it, don’t stop it’ philosophy.
So this is what the week has looked like:
Breakfast - Boiled eggs and Broccoli, Egg White Omelette or Paleo bread with smashed avocado and tomato + Full Cream Milk Cappuccino
Morning Tea - Full cream milk coffee
Lunch - Homemade Veggie Soup with Chicken or turkey
Afternoon Tea - Paleo bread OR Turkey OR Ham OR Chopped Veggies with Peanut butter. Or a combination of all depending on my hunger levels. (I may have even been seen stopping off at the Deli on the way home from work one afternoon to get some shaved chicken breast).
Dinner - Meat and Salad, Full Fat Yoghurt with Cinnamon EO or Mashed Sweet Potato with Cinnamon.
Supper - Tea with an egg or some leftover dinner meat if still hungry.
(To be honest, I am finding the night time part the hardest for some reason). I thoroughly enjoy having fruit as a night time desert and snack.)
Low fat to Full Fat dairy.
Increased Protein Intake.
More mindful when I eat.
What I have noticed after 1 week
Not feeling so puffy in the mornings.
Digestive tract is getting accustomed to full fat dairy (a few upset bellies to start).
Headaches kicked in after 5 days of no fruit.
Was able to eat out comfortably on the weekend following new guidelines.
While all symptoms are not gone, I feel confident that I am on the right path. I am interested to see how week 2 pans out.
Ways I have got through the first week of ‘I Quit Sugar’ -
Increased my water intake by adding some Grapefruit EO (Essential Oil) into it. It also helps manage sugar cravings.
Being active, recognizing the difference between hunger and craving food for sugar for the sake of eating.
Be consistent with having Lemon Essential Oil in my water when I first get up to assist cleanse my liver.
Being mindful that the slight headaches I am experiencing are actually part of the process of detoxifying. But using Peppermint EO and Past Tense EO to treat them.
Being prepared. Having snacks on hand that aren’t fruit. Boiling a dozen eggs at a time, having zip lock bags of ham, turkey or chicken that I can grab. Enough Paleo bread divided into serving sizes.
So, my name is Karlie and I haven’t eat a piece of fruit for 7 days!
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