Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Day in the Sugar Free Life

Two weeks ago, this would have been my typical day:
Coffee with about 2-3 Tbsp flavored fat free creamer
Either: Cereal (not "bad" but definitely containing sugar), oatmeal w/brown sugar or some baked good - pancakes or waffles - with plenty of syrup

Mid morning:
banana and/or Greek yogurt with added fruit

Crackers & cheese

Something sweet, always. Cookies, ice cream, Nutella (BIG ONE!), candy - something sweet while the kids nap.

Dinner wasn't too bad, I guess, except when you count ketchup, bbq, salad dressings...

Every night there was something sweet. A bowl of ice cream, Nutella s'mores, bananas and pb were a few of my favorites. I also love to bake, so there's usually something yummy lying around.

 My menu plan has changed drastically since then!

NOW, Breakfast:
Coffee with half & half
slice of bread with turkey sausage, egg & cheese (or PLAIN Greek yogurt with walnuts and cinnamon)

Midmorning: nuts or cheese

Crackers, cheese and lunch meat OR Leftovers from dinner

Veggie sticks - like potato chips, but with spinach and tomato. There IS a little bit of sugar added to these, but I figure this is a lesser evil than a cookie
Cottage cheese with spices from an Italian seasoning grinder

LOTS of fresh veggies now - more than before for sure.  A lot less "convenience" things

I use that term loosely. Definitely no sweets! I've been relying a lot on popcorn (even buttered popcorn which I usually don't even enjoy) and beer. :-)

Other additions to my life:
Jillian Michael's Detox water - 60oz water/1Tbsp pure cranberry juice (I got mine at Trader Joe's)/2 Tbsp lemon juice/dandelion tea

Chia seed - while it might just be a fad, it WORKS.  I sprinkle about a tsp on my meals and it keeps me full for hours! Also, it can be added to liquid to be turned into a gel that can be used to replace up to half of the fat in baked goods! I've done this now with two different kinds of dinner rolls and it works!

Breakfast is the hardest meal of the day for me. Most days lately I wind up skipping it. However, I'm also on Weight Watchers and having 10+ points left at the end of the day is killing me - I don't have any high point snacks to fall back on!   So what are some of your favorite {quick} breakfast ideas that don't include sugars???


  1. Well done! Wow some great changes. I love that I've found someone who is at the same stage as me... And we had a similar "before" diet. (particularly the sweet thing in the afternoon). These days for breakfast I am cooking some rolled oats. Either in full fat milk or I have tried coconut milk (tasty and filling but just a but inconvenient). I sprinkle some hazelnut meal and cinnamon on top, and sometimes those precious chia seeds! I then have a piece of toast- grain bread with butter and vegemite (a very Aussie thing! Probably not readily available for u in US!).

    Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Egg whites, bacon, spinach & cheese scramble

  3. maybe switch to pork sausage/bacon instead of the turker? also, are you using butter on your bread/toast? i'm doing no carb and have been making deviled eggs for breakfast.