Last week I only worked for two days. Being at home for most of the week, out of my normal Monday-Friday schedule and no marathon in the near future to train for both in mileage and nutrition, I realised that my sugar-free life needs a bit of a re-evaluation.
I still don’t eat foods that obviously have sugar in their ingredients but I have gotten a bit too addicted to Genius gluten free bread which does have some sugar in it, and I am snacking way too much on things that have a lot of fructose – nakd bars, Trek bars, raisins, dates, more raisins…
As a result I found myself starting to feel a slave to cravings again – wanting to eat more of sweet stuff, wanting to eat something sweet after every meal.
At one point on Saturday I just stopped in my tracks in whatever I was doing and almost said out loud “It’s time to go back to square 1. Sugar free means eating vegetables, fish, meat, eggs, nuts, fresh fruit, it doesn’t mean eating fructose sweetened jam on gluten free bread or nakd bars after every meal or instead of a meal.”
There is nothing wrong with dried fruit but the issue for me is that more than a small quantity of that sweetness and the moderation button in my head gets turned off just like what eating regular sugar does (did) to me. And nothing makes me more miserable than the feeling of craving for something sweet, the feeling of finishing a meal and instead of thinking “That was a nice meal.”, thinking “What else can I have now?” or “What ‘treat’ will I have now?”
So the reset button has been pressed. Instead of oats + coconut milk/cream + lots of raisins for breakfast (a combination I totally adore and will eat without the raisins at some point again) I had 3 fried eggs with a roasted beetroot :) My first thought after finishing was “I could have something else now.”, but I just cracked on with work and before I knew it it was 11am and I had a pear.
For lunch I had steamed salmon with beetroot again (I roasted a few large ones last week) as well as different pulses and some cucumber. I have a chocolate Co-yo coconut yogurt in the fridge for later on but right now I’m full and happy.
The next hurdle will be after dinner – I have a terrible After Dinner Snacking Habit. Yesterday I thought I’ll try to give it up, but then remembered the tagline of one of my favorite blogs:
Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.
I will therefore not try. I will simply do it.
So the plan for now is: non-sweet breakfast and no snacking after dinner. Fresh fruit and a sweet cane-sugar-free treat during the day once in a while is ok.
Does anyone have any good tips to give me when it comes to snacks/treats that are not overly sweet? There are so many recipes out there for great clean treats but they all use dates or raisins as a base, I’d like to find something that’s between a lärabar and a boiled egg. Not literally but you get the idea :). Maybe something with sweet potatoes as a base? Or even pumpkin?