So on a bit of a whim…okay, totally a whim…I decided to give up white/brown sugar and white flour for the month of August. Mostly because I wanted to see if it really would change the way I feel.
I do have on average one sweet treat every day…home baked goodies, usually. And yes, the occasional handful of chocolate chips.
Yes, I admit it. And I know there are others of you out there too!
During this first week, I’m proud to say that I had no sugar or white flour…other than a packet of Emergen-C. Ack!
I completely wasn’t paying attention when I was hit with an allergy attack last week. I usually take Zinc tablets and Emergen-C when they happen to help me fight them off, and to keep away potential sinus infections. *sigh*
But I am thrilled with how well it everything went over last week. And wanted to share a few of my experiences and thoughts from the week with you.
1. Accountability. If you have no accountability, this isn’t going to work. For me, I have you all to report to each week. And I am a part of a small private group on Facebook that shares about these kinds of challenges. I makes a huge difference having someone there (other than your spouse or BFF) caring for you, encouraging you and helping you stay focused on your challenge.
2. Calories. This is not about calories for me. Or weight loss. I’m doing this to see if I notice a difference in my energy level, my ability to fall asleep, and my ability to deal with frustrating circumstances (created by my children mostly…like Tyler getting ahold of the dishsoap and squirting it all over the kitchen floor!) with a little more grace and patience! I do, however, believe, that I will shed a few of these last post partum pounds. (Nevermind that Tyler will soon be 2!)
3. Trouble Times. It didn’t take me long to identify my “trouble times.” The times of the day that I crave sugar. First, afternoon snack time. Second, about 30 minutes after dinner. Once I figured those out and was able to distract myself during those times and keep my mind off the craving, I was able to have success without much of a “mental fight,” trying to overcome the craving.
4. Map out the plan. While I didn’t specifically write a menu plan for myself, I made a list of what I could eat as alternatives during my “Trouble times,” and made a few other rules/guidelines. I gave up on dessert entirely…easier than trying to come out with good sugar-free S
5. Sweeteners – I am using honey and maple syrup as sweeteners for pancakes, oatmeal, etc. I have done enough reading to know that of all the sweetener options, these are the best. (For myself, a healthy, non-diabetic.)
6. Whole Wheat Flour – I am using whole wheat flour and plan to get some wheat berries from Amazon to grind in my new dry blade container for my Vitamix. When reading labels, be sure it says whole wheat flour. No bleached, no processed. Whole wheat.
I am working on a no-sugar, no white flour meal plan that I hope to have posted later today or tomorrow. And next week in part 2, I’ll be sharing more about eating out on this plan, and other things I’m experiencing along the way!
If you are considering following no-sugar, no-flour change to your eating habits (notice, I did not say the “d” word!), then I hope these suggestions will help you make your decision. Please note, I’m not a dietitian or nutritionist, so please consult with your doctor or dietitian before making drastic changes to the way you eat.
If you have done something, are doing, or are considering something similar, I would love to hear your fears, frustrations, successes!