Hey Hey Hey! It’s Monday! Hope your week is off to a great start. First things first. Did you happen to notice anything new about Sinful Nutrition? Take a peek at your address bar..
Yes! Sinful Nutrition is now it’s own webpage! After stubborn excuses and procrastination, I have FINALLY made the commitment to hosting my own domain. Baby steps for some but a lunar leap for me.
I just finished up the #RESTWEEK challenge and am SO glad I did it. It made me appreciate my body and the fact that I have the choice to exercise or not. A lot of people in this world aren’t granted that option. I found a lot of great health and nutrition quotes to inspire me.
John Mayer was talking to YOU when he wrote “Your body is a wonderland”. I know. He told me during our weekly jigsaw puzzle cappuccino drinking date. No need to thank me. Thank yourself.
Of course being the ADD foodie I am, I had to start yet another challenge for myself this week. After being away for the internship, and eating out at restaurants on more than numerous occasions, I took to my fair share of buttery biscuits, and chocolate chip cookies. I am a recovering sugar addict, but am feeling a relapse coming on. Hide the cookies and candy, this girl needs her fix! After being sugar sober for a good year, I have slowly started eating more and more of the sweet stuff, and would rather not fall into the confectionery craze I worked so hard to shake. Sugar, although tasty…mighty mighty tasty holds no nutritional value whatsoever. Straight to jail. Don’t pass go or collect $200.
I came across the Sugar Cleanse Challenge at The Nourishing Gourmet which inspired me to join along. I’m hoping it will help me focus more on clean eating and feeling good about what I’m putting into my body. Here’s the small print:
- No refined flour
This means no white breads/pastas/cereals/sugar. Whole grains such as whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, oatmeal, and plain shredded wheat are healthy replacements.
2. No added sugars
Label reading is key. Avoid anything with sugar in the ingredient list. This includes all sweeteners such as sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, honey, molasses, maple syrup, maltose, sucrose, fructose, etc. A key is to look for “ose” in the ingredients list. If it ends in “ose”, it is most likely a form of sugar.
3. Natural Sugars
The exception to the rule for the sweet stuff is the naturally occurring sweeteners. This includes all fruits and stevia extract. I am not much of a juice drinker any ways so that won’t be a problem for me, but I will be getting my sweet fix from the natural stuff. While it is indeed still sugar in fruit, it comes packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Or I guess you could chomp on some Flintstones vitamins and wash it down with some Metamucil, but I actually enjoy eating food so I’ll stick with the fruit. While stevia may still be an “artificial” sweetener in some eyes, it comes from a plant in the ground rather than a chemical plant so it is a natural sweetener in my book. I have kicked my artificial sweetener habit from lent which was a great kick start.
4. Once a week sweet cheat
Just like many diets offer a “cheat” day where you can eat any meal you want, the sugar cleanse challenge for me will also have a day of indulgence. One day a week you can indulge in anything on the “avoid” list. This is mainly for my sanity and dietetic mantra of moderation. Live a little. If a piece of chocolate once a week is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. My only other exception is on long runs. It is pretty much a necessity to have simple sugars for quick energy so my stash of jelly beans will be the exception to the rule.
I plan on completing the challenge for 2 weeks, but really hope to adapt it as a regular lifestyle change. I plan on not being so restrictive once I get over the 2 week hump of quitting cold turkey. I always feel 10 times better when I cut back on the amount of sugar I eat, and don’t really crave it all that much. And when I do, the things I used to eat are way too sweet after the taste buds adjust to “normal” sweetness level.
So tell me, who’s with me?! You can change up the challenge to whatever fits your lifestyle. Try cutting back on your soda intake, have dessert every other night, or switch to whole wheat pasta. A change is a change, and change is hard. Say change one more time. Change.
Now I couldn’t throw all this at you without having a delicious recipe to share now could I?!
I adapted Gina’s recipe from Skinny Taste for Cheeseburger Casserole, and man is it tasty. It’s like a Summer cookout and Suzie Homemaker got together and had a food baby. I replaced the “burger” portion with tofu, but you could easily stick to Gina’s original recipe for your carnivorous counterparts or even try it with crumbled veggie burgers. I’m just cheap and like experimenting with tofu. Killa Tofu.
I have to say the pickles are what makes this dish. They add such an unexpected tang and crunch that truly makes this a cheeseburger. If anything, you must have pickles.
Do you think you have a sugar addiction?
Will you be a part of the Sugar Cleanse Challenge?