Like I said before, I started the Fed Up challenge on Sunday which means no added sugar for 10 days! Not even honey or maple syrup, two of my favorites! It may sound like a real challenge and it has been for me. What’s fun about the challenge is that each day after signing up you get an email with various tips and information. So, how have I done so far in my first three days?
Well, I’ve discovered that I can’t eat a LOT of items at work that I usually do, which has turned into a good thing for me. For those that don’t know, I spend a lot of time at work and working in the food & beverage department, I have food at my constant disposal. I can no longer spend my day mindlessly snacking on things like muffins, cookies, and other snacks, or visiting the cafeteria more than once a meal period because my options are already so limited (please don’t judge me I loveeee to eat!).
Breakfast: Instead of a muffin or granola for breakfast I’ve been having (heavily) buttered toast and fruit when I can. Maybe an omelet when I can convince a chef to make me one. I couldn’t eat the chocolate hazelnut pancakes, the corn muffins with sausage, the bananas foster cupcakes a chef brought in as a treat…..Of course I could just eat breakfast at home before work but I have an early start and getting anything done at 4:30 in the morning is beyond even my above average morning person personality. I don’t drink coffee in the morning but I will have steamed milk or tea often. The options for steamed milk were all gone, no honey, no agave, no vanilla extract even! Did you know vanilla extract has sugar in it? I didn’t! On my first day I was a loss but eventually decided on steamed milk with cinnamon which was actually pretty good. The other option was black tea which gets old.
Lunch: There are a lot of items in my work cafeteria that have sugar in them, without knowing. Even the daily housemade vinaigrettes have sugar so my salads have been dressed in vinegar and oil. Vegetables are really the go-to. I had to turn away from ribs slathered in BBQ sauce (and sugar), corn dogs (assumed there was sugar in these because I didn’t even know what was in them in the first place!) and even halibut in cream sauce (a teensy bit of sugar but still I’m trying to stay pure). Honestly, today we had to test a new blender with a batch of Oreo milkshakes and I smelled mine instead of drinking it 🙁 Gotta stay strong!
Dinner: Thankfully this has been at home recently. My newest challenge was homemade pizza. I realized that I couldn’t even use the homemade pizza sauce in my freezer because there was sugar in it, substituting a pesto base instead. I was soooo hungry after work today and after staring down my refrigerator settled on plain yogurt with frozen blueberries as a snack. I’ve been eating a lot of fruit, and I don’t think I’ve gone this long without having cookie dough or chocolate. It’s a great thing that wine and gin don’t have sugar in them!
I guess I’d say so far so good. I’m interested to see if I lose any weight during these ten days. I’m hoping things will be easier on my days off because I am more in charge of what I make and what I eat. The next hardest day will be Thursday, it’s my friend’s birthday and we are going out to breakfast. No matter how good the french toast or pancakes look I’ll be sticking with eggs or some other savory entree. Do I feel any different from before? Well…. not really, maybe just hungrier and sadder that I can’t eat certain things. I’ve never before limited the foods I’ve eaten before so this a completely new experience for me.