Sunday, July 22, 2012

A sugar free fail weekend!

So this endeavour isn't going to be as easy as I remembered it being!  I am addicted again to sugar!  I find myself wanting more of it because I am cutting it out!  Jeez I forgot about the rehab part of a sugarless diet! Today I just couldn't say no to the red velvet wedding cake, or chocolate covered almonds!  Shame on me!

Anyhow, monday is a fresh new start! So lets try this again! Haha!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Re-taking the Challenge!

Sad to admit it, but I have backsliden!  I slipped back into my sugary eating habits!  Mostly in the name of "not wanting to lose more weight".  But if truth be told, I wanted the sweet stuff too!

Here to proclaim to myself and the rest of the world I am back to a sugar free life style!  Aaaahh. this will be tough!  Mostly I miss the extra energy and discipline it gave me!  Lately I have found I eat whatever whenever!  And I can watch it leak into other areas of life.  Some may find me to be extreme...but i want to be the best me I can.  And with Gods help I can and will do it it!

Wish me luck!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Blog slacking! Being deliberate!

Hola! My apologies for no blog Thursday! I sat down to do it and then life happened!; And I am sure it will happen again! Lol cause life does happen.
Lately I have been on a quest to be organized and on top of every area of my life. Even down to my finances. For those who need help in that area visit the Dave Ramsey website! Amazing!; Anyhow, I don't know about you but I find that no matter how much I plan an stay on top of things,life always, faithfully throws me a curve ball. And in those moments I can choose to function despite the curve ball or just roll with it. If your anything like me who hates the same thing day in and day out the  curve ball often sounds like the better choice. For example I have determined that evening I would clean all major appliances in my home...Gary calls and says "babes lets go for dinner! " Whats my response?  I'll take the dinner for 400 thanks!  Then there are other curve balls.  For example I have made a lovely dinner spaghetti squash with Marina sauce and cheese.  Mmmmh!  Then my someone calls me with bad news and all of a sudden health food just won't do!  But the icecream in my fridge(really isn't in my fridge. I don't buy icecream. Its called curve ball prevention)  is calling my name.  Or the unexpected invite to eat and no healthy options are around! What do you do?  I say this cause life has sent me many curve ball in different areas. But as this blog involves sugar I am amazed to see how many more curve balls I have been thrown. I have also become very aware of other people food habits.  I have observed mainly a lack of self control.  People aren't hungry but pizza shows up and they are eating three slices minimum.  People want to loose weight but if food shows up they forget their goals cause " everyone else is doing it" Now I will confess last night I had pizza...more like cheese and pepperoni dipped in garlic sauce. I threw away most of the bread. Not because of sugar but because I didn't even like it anymore.  Before the pizza arrived I determined what I would  eat and how much  I would eat. I was deliberate.  I realize we won't always be eating whole grains and Smoothies ( although that should be the norm of your life)  but when we are going to eat junk you have to be deliberate.   I have learned its not about the food. Its about discipline.  The reason I encourage being strict is to develop that. One can eat healthy and still be a glutton and still be overweight.  So don't think well cause I don't eat sugar I am not a glutton or don't have food issues.  Lack of sugar is just a way to show you how addicted to food you really are.  But not eating it is only a step towards developing right attitudes towards food. Not the cure!

Well ladies. I am out!
Today I will be eat Greek salad and a smoothie for lunch.  And dinner is a big question mark!  Any ideas?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Yumm soups!


Hey all!
So today was my first grocery shop with whole grains apart of my list. It felt exciting to put meal plans together that included some carbs. I did realize though. I still really like me no Carb meals and plan to eat atleast one meal

Carb free a day! I don't know about you guys but lately I find myself craving certain foods. ( not unhealthy) and if I don't eat them I don't really want anything else. Which sucks because I am not always going to be able to eat what I crave even if its healthy. It may not be in my house. So I just find that food is no longer satisfying. Its good but my day doesn't revolve around it! How have you found your attitudes towards food has changed? Another milestone is restaurant enjoyment. I don't know if you remembered but a couple blogs ago I talked about my experience at a restaurant, and how food is so tantalizing and as I watched unhealthy food saunter by me I wondered why am I doing this? Well I went back to the same restaurant and I had such a different outlook. I looked forward to being able to fellowship and eat well. I was able to enjoy my company without eating dessert it fries. My joy was not altered based on what I ate! Do you have any similar stories of how you are no longer affected by what you eat? Well today for dinner I made harira soup. Its a morrocan soup that I absolutely love! I hope you try it out! Harira 1 pack ground beef 1 tbs cinnamon 1 tbs cumin 1 tbs cayenne pepper 1 tsp curry powder 1/4 cupGrated garlic and Ginger Salt and pepper to taste Tomato sauce 1 onion minced 1/4 cup diced celery 1/4 cup soaked lentils 1/4 cup chick peas 1/2 cup diced cilantro Lemon wedges salt and pepper to taste 1 egg beaten 3 tbs splenda Directions 1 brown beef add seasonings and minced veg 2 add tomatoes sauce and lentils 3 cook till lentils are tender. About one hour 4 beat an egg in a bowl. Slowly add soup to bowl about 1 cup to stop egg from cooking to quickly 5 then still mixture into soup pot 6 serve with cilantro and lemon wedges! Enjoy!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Whole grains Baby!

Good day!
So another month is upon us!  I am very pleased to be entering my whole grain challenge!   February was an excellent month!  I am so happy that I have gotten back into sugarfree eating!  Really excited about the spiritual changes and new disciplines it has brought! In February I accomplished what has been a desire for years. I am finally my high school weight again!  That was really exciting!   Those last ten pounds came off with ease!  I want to say I have not exercised once to loose the 35 lbs I lost over all! This month I do plan on bringing some activity into my lifestyle! Just to be healthy!  I am also pleased to say I am no longer sick!  Yay!
I was trying to add a before and after pick but my phone isn't allowing it! So this is my after but I am sure u have some old pick of me to see a difference
Anyhow here is my favorite smoothie recipes

Vicz Bomb Smoothie

1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen mango
2 cups ripe papaya
2 ripe bananas
1 cup 100% orange juice
1 cup water

Blend away
Sprinkle with cinnamon!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Stomach flu!

To all my fellow sugarfree followers!
I have the stomach flu! I have no blog inspiration!   At the moment I am completely against food altogether!   Haha!
One benefit of the stomach flu has been I have been able to have gingerale and not feel guilty!  I am too sick to appreciate it though!  
Anyhow why don't you guys leave some comments on how your journey is going? Would love to hear!

Have a foodless day!    Haha

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sugarless stick or sugar itch?

Good day!
It feels like forever since my last post. I didnt post Monday cause it was family day!  So here I am!  A few confessions. My 6 am challenged bombed this week!  I have been waking at 7. I have been extremely tired this week, even though I have been going to bed relatively early. I have not done any exercise like I had aimed too.  And I had diet coke!   Which completely goes against my no artificial sweeteners rule.
Well now that is out in the open my thought today is sugarless stick or sugar itch?

Its been almost a month of this lifestyle and one of two things has happened.  Either one your body has gotten used to this way of eating and mentally you quite like this change. You may have lost some extra pounds and have never felt better!  Or this has been a never ending daunting struggle and your starting to wonder "why am I doing this again?"
Those words came to mind over the weekend as I drank a bowl of blackbean soup( I never order soup at a restaurant!  What the heck? That's like bird food)  and hummus ( when appetizers and sides makeup your dinner you know the main meal options weren't the best) so as I eat my humble meal which did taste good I watched the waitors galavant by with tantalizing onion rings or large cuts of choice steak and a skewer of jumbo shrimps at the side. Or huge dishes of pasta in cream sauce that screamed I have more calories in me than your daily quota! 
As I drank my soup I realized how normal over eating and rich eating is in this Society. It was about 8 pm and I seemed to be the only person in the restaurant concerned about eating so late at night.  I watched as people carelessly chose their meals with no concern of the health consequences attached.  And that's when I thought " am I crazy? No one else is concerned "  and with that same thought a still small voice said" but I am"     In that moment I realized God cares about everything I do. And in detail.  Every single area of my life is of importance to Him. And so often I think well since everyone else is...I may as well!  How untrue.  I read a quote that said "if you have little time to eat well and excersize you better make time for sickness and funeral arrangements"

Everything has a consequence, whether good or bad. I began this article with two options of where you are at a month into this eating change. I sincerely hope it is sticking and becoming who you are but if it's not I encourage you to examine why it isn't working for you. It could be overexposure to the wrong foods. Even if you aren't eating them going to McDonalds at lunch every day and ordering a salad seems a bit dull while a perfectly airbrushed picture of a bigmac meal stares at you. 
Or perhaps you have a weak link. One area you haven't quite given up. This can be found in caffeine and sugar substitutes like splenda or sweeteners. A big one is sugarfree gum. All these things remind your body of sugar and make it very hard to kill the desire. 

I will let you know for weight loss the journey is a long one. And the critical point is when you do loose all that weight. How you handle food then. For me the justifications come all the time now that I am at my desired weight. And some times the justifications are valid. But not letting them become exuses to tumble back into sugary eating!

Well ladies that's my thoughts

What have I been eating?

Whole grain tortilla pita pizza
Lots of spaghetti squash
Purple Yams! ( they are purple on the inside.  So cool)
Bran Smoothies( just add bran)
Talapia with cabbage stewed
Spinach omletts
Harira soup
Just to name a few!

Have a sugarless weekend!