Hello and welcome!
I “officially” started trying to reduce sugar in my diet one week ago today. Then I ate some chocolate ice cream because I’m a real person.
Yesterday, without really trying, I managed to completely avoid obvious sources of sugar. Here’s what I ate and how I felt:
For breakfast, Paulo and I stopped at Starbucks (I know…The additives! The chemicals! The HORROR!). Not ideal, but we were rushing to get to church, and our kitchen is being renovated, so our options were pretty limited. I am usually a chai latte and split-a-chocolate-chip-muffin-with-the-hubby kind of girl (51.5g of sugar assuming I order a tall and eat half the muffin), but I went with an unsweetened iced green tea and a Bacon and Gouda breakfast sandwich instead (1g). It was tasty, and I made it through the next few hours without any hunger pangs or desire for the free donuts that are always SOMEWHERE on Sunday mornings.
At about 1:00 pm, we met up with some friends at Chipotle, where I had a chicken burrito bowl (brown rice, fajita veggies, chicken, salsa, sour cream, and cheese–9g of sugar according to this nutrition calculator). I also shared some tortilla chips with Paulo (2g) because Chipotle has the absolute best chips around, and, besides, I was pretty proud of myself for saying no to my usual bottle of blackberry Izze. I still think Izze is probably healthier than soda, because it’s basically just fruit juice and sparkling water, but I’m trying to get out of the habit, so I skipped it. Also, water is free and my wallet thanked me for my healthy decision.
Now, to be fair, that was a pretty big lunch, but I wasn’t even a little bit hungry until 8:00 pm, and even then, I wasn’t ravenous. I grabbed a small handful of cashews (2g), one of the raw/vegan “brownie” coconut bites that I reviewed as part of my Thrive Market haul, (3g) and a couple of organic purple heirloom potato chips (also from Thrive Market–0g of sugar). After that, I drank some more water and went to bed…without an actual meal.
That seriously never happens. I didn’t feel the urge to snack throughout the afternoon, I didn’t need to take a nap after lunch (even though it was a big one), and, overall, I felt great. Total sugar for the day? 17 grams, some of which was naturally occurring rather than added.
Bonus: I woke up this morning and the scale read FOUR pounds lighter than this time last week. I know, intellectually, that this is a normal fluctuation probably related to (a) water retention or lack thereof and (b) the fact that I ate most of my calories really early in the day. Nevertheless, I think it’s an encouraging sign.
Today, I’m staying on track, and the sugar cravings I had last week are diminishing. The coolest part, though, is that I don’t feel like I even need willpower to say no to an afternoon snack today, sugary or not. I’m just not that hungry. Win.
Science shows that certain foods can affect appetite, but have you noticed a difference in your appetite on days when you eat less sugar? Tell me about it in the comments below.