Lindsey had been saving the full-sized candy bars from Halloween for after our sugar challenge was done and planned to have them the day we were done.
Except she realized that if she ate them she would get all crazy first, then get sluggish and want to take a nap. And since it's the beginning of Christmas vacation she doesn't actually want to take a nap, she'd rather enjoy her time off than nap. Her solution was to throw the candy bars away today so she wouldn't be tempted.
A couple of years ago I would've been the kind of person who would've fished them out of the trash (Hey I'm not above this, they were JUST thrown in, there was nothing burying them yet!). Except now the idea of eating them myself is quite intolerable.
What an educational two weeks it's been.
I learned that sugar is in EVERYTHING. Just start reading ingredient lists. It's hard to avoid.
I learned that drinking coffee without sugar is just fine. Not my favorite, and I really, really loved my sugar in my coffee, but I can live without to avoid the sugar roller coaster for the day.
Eating a sugar-free diet is nearly a gluten-free diet, because sugar and flour go together in most foods. Our family ordered pizza once during this two weeks, and Lindsey and I ordered a gluten-free pizza because that was the only way we could avoid sugar. I've seen friends of mine eat those unleavened cardboard-looking things in the past, and they always looked so unappetizing. But when you've adjusted your diet and aren't accustomed to how sweet and filling regular pizza crust is, it's actually quite delicious.
I've discovered that I actually have will power. When I tell myself I absolutely cannot have ANY, then I don't. I get in trouble when I tell myself, "Just one bite," because I don't stop at one bite.
And I've been shocked and surprised to find that I lost 6 pounds during these two weeks. Six. Pounds. That's crazy talk, because I've been thinking about those 5 pounds I want to lose, and I dropped six like that. [snapping fingers]
Lindsey learned that she likes wheat bread better than white, but she's excited to go back to white flour pasta. And dessert, but only every once in a while, because her energy was definitely more even.
For me, here's what's sticking:
- Sugar free coffee
- Wheat bread, not multigrain (which ironically has more sugar)
- Sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes
- Non-sugary afternoon snacks
- Sugar-free peanut butter
- Wheat pasta (when I eat it with sauce I can't tell the difference)
I won't avoid white potatoes/white rice altogether like I've been doing, but substitute wheat and brown rice here and there.
It's been a great two weeks, and truly is the start of a new journey in healthy eating for me. Now to get the rest of the family on board...