My nutritionist suspects that I may have a slight sugar addiction. She came to this conclusion when she read my food journal and noticed that I tend to eat sugar in the form of cookie dough, cookies or chocolate 3 times a day. Personally, as it’s usually small amounts, I don’t see why that’s a problem.
But, I’m a sucker for a challenge, so when she asked me to commit to a personal challenge and swear off all “obvious” sugar for a week, I said ok. What exactly does this mean, you ask? No sugar, no honey, no desserts, no foods in which sugar is higher than 5th in the ingredient list – goodbye Kashi Go Lean Crunch – no sucrose, no sugar alcohols – goodbye gum – no artificial sweeteners. Fructose, in the form of whole or dried fruit is allowed. THANK GOODNESS!
To be honest, I really didn’t think this was going to be very hard and yesterday went off without a hitch. I did eat a bit too much dried fruit, i.e. 10 WHOLE DRIED APRICOTS (which is 2 serv. by the way), but, c’est la vie.
Today is a different story. Around 3pm I hit low-energy. I haven’t had that happen in years. As I had a lunch of leftovers of Milanese chicken, a little mashed potatoes and green beans for lunch there was no excuse for it. Hmmm, as visions of chocolate danced through my head . . . I blamed the lack of sugar!
My old afternoon energy crash cure used to be a can of regular coke – yes, regular coke. Not an option today. So, in order to remedy this tragedy, I set off to Organic to Go and scored the last fruit cup of the day (at half-off no less).
Strawberries, pineapple, and grapes, oh my! Did it help? Yes, yes indeed.