Friday, May 8, 2015

No Added Sugar Day 5


Breakfast
Friday was an on your own breakfast day. I had a banana and coffee. My youngest had nuts along with a green apple. My oldest had a banana and nuts. My husband surprisingly chose to have a banana and orange again for breakfast.

Lunch

My oldest packed her own lunch she again had peanut butter on whole grain no sugar added bread along with a side of orange and water to drink. My son and I had leftover gnocchi with cheese. My husband had leftover chicken and vegetables. 

Dinner

Dinner was spent our first night at the campground we had hamburgers with whole wheat no sugar added buns and salad with no sugar added dressing. We had watermelon for desert.

I have to admit this was the night we decided midway through the challenge that we would have a second desert with real sugar. We had our summer camping favorite, s'mores with a predetermined amount for each of us.

The end result of the challenge is that we technically failed since we stopped at day 5. We learned a lot in those five days about our food choices. We learned a lot in those five days about our children. I really enjoyed watching them develop their taste buds for healthy foods. I was surprised how my daughter is similar to my husband in that they would eat the same thing everyday without complaint while my son and I tried to vary our diet each day. I was shocked by how long it took to make a homemade breakfast first thing in the morning with one hand while trying to feed a baby and getting everyone out the door quickly. The biggest hurdle though was that food is such a social interaction item. In school the kids were faced with friends birthday celebrations and special treats other celebrations. My husband and I were faced the relationship between certain events and food, the camping for example. Undoubtedly any time we wanted to spend time with someone food would be involved and we were constantly scrambling to explain what we were doing and try not to be rude to our hosts while trying to stay on track, sometimes that meant turning down a refreshing drink or cocktail and substituting water. No popsicles for the kids when the weather turned 80 degrees and friends were cooling off in the shade with popsicles. Sugar is EVERYWHERE in insane amounts.

The takeaway from this for us is that as long as we avoid processed foods we can avoid most of the added sugars. That will be our biggest long term goal is to completely wean off of processed foods and it will be a hard goal. It takes time to make your own salad dressing and condiments but I think in time we will develop a good rhythm and routine. We will be trying to use maple syrup and honey as our sweeteners, this will be so hard for me as I am a white sugar and carb girl all the way. It will be worth it though. In just a weeks time I dropped a pound and felt the bloat in my belly decrease. Our moods were more even keeled towards the end of the week after we really battled through the cravings. The basis of the diet is true if you cut our sugar you WILL feel better but at the end of the day sometimes you have to enjoy life and share a drink with a friend and eat that slice of cake on your birthday, we only get so many birthdays in a life time you know. 


Smoothies and salad for lunch the second day



Steak, potatoes and asparagus for dinner the second day


Thursday, May 7, 2015

No Sugar Added Diet Day 4

Breakfast 

Day four we had to rush out the door early for a dentist appointment breakfast was a quick egg scramble with cheese.

Lunch

The oldest took her peanut butter on whole wheat sugar free bread for lunch with sides of snack fruit and two pieces of beef jerky along with a water bottle. My little boy and I for had some gnocchi along with peas and carrots. Sides were strawberries and some pepperoni. 
My husband had a lunch salad with pepperoni, cheese and all sorts of vegetable toppings that he could find refrigerator.  Including avocado and the leftover mango salsa from the night before's dinner.

Dinner

Dinner was very simple grilled chicken breast with salt and pepper with sides of peas, carrots and broccoli along with leftover wild rice from the previous night.  I had my dinner at work while the rest the family stayed home and packed for our first camping trip of the season where we will finish out our no sugar diet while enjoying the great outdoors and really trying to push the limits our commitment.

Previous Posts:
We have lost our minds
Getting Ready
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

No sugar added diet Day 3


Stocked Full of Good Stuff


Breakfast
Breakfast today was mini quiche and pancakes again. My husband had two oranges and a banana again. 
Lunch
For lunch my daughter took strawberry grape and honeydew fruit salad. Along with a bottle of water and a container of tuna fish. Little guy and I had pepperoni cheese strawberries honeydew outside on the picnic together. My husband a salad again with fruit

Dinner
For dinner we had pork chops with mango salsa made from scratch along with wild rice and corn. Dessert was again fresh food option

We have been doing very well the kids of been discovering the new case and enjoying trying different foods but we almost met our match ice cream truck that drove by the house. One minute everything is going fine the kids are proud of their new diet habits and then an ice cream truck sound was heard both of them were very upset over the fact they could not eat ice cream. After some consoling and reassuring that the leak was almost finished the kids felt better looking forward to the time that they can have the ice cream without breaking the rules of the challenge they really do enjoy a challenge. That night however it was my turn to have my meltdown along with restricting sugar we had been restricting some refined carbohydrates as well and one temperature dropped in the tiredness said and all I wanted to do was eat something warm and comforting and carbohydrate filled I ended up having a piece of whole wheat no sugar added bread which fulfilled that that craving that I was having. 

And then because I had cave on the carbohydrates I promptly made my oldest child a peanut butter on whole wheat sandwich for lunch with no added sugar and either peanut butter for the bread.

Previous Posts
We have lost our minds
Getting Ready
Day 1
Day 2

Monday, May 4, 2015

No Added Sugar Day Two

Breakfast
Breakfast was much easier this morning due to preparing the food the night before. We had options of homemade pancake batter sweetened with a little bit of applesauce and mini egg quiches made in a muffin tin utilizing our peppers, mushrooms, onions, cheese and pepperoni. My husband again chose to have a breakfast of one banana and two oranges (clementines).

Lunch
For lunch today my daughter packed egg salad with a banana, some grapes, strawberries and water to drink. The boy and I had egg salad with cheese, pepperoni and grapes for lunch.  My husband had left over sausage and pepper from the night before.

Snack
For me snack was raw nuts. After school snack for the kids was cheese and homemade beef jerky.

Dinner
Dinner on the second night was broiled tilapia with carrots and the leftover brown rice from the previous nights dinner. Followed again by desserts of grapes and honey dew.

Today was much easier for I due to the preplanned breakfast. The kids also knew exactly what they wanted to eat at meal times. The kids turned down an offer from a friend to have a popsicle, which I can't believe they did on their own. My husband though was given a good natured tease by co workers who placed swedish fish on his desk throughout the day.

Previous Posts
We have lost our minds
Getting Ready