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Day 3 of Quitting Sugar

January 16, 2014

I woke up to a number on the scale that I swore I would never get to. A weight which is over 5 pounds from my previous highest weight ever almost 5 years ago. Depressed and angry with myself, I felt divine intervention when snow caused my kids to have to stay home from school and thus me as well. I took a break from work and caught the beginning of Dr. Oz’s show entitled, “Two-week Rapid Weight Loss Diet, Pt. 1”; which aired on 1/6/14.

With a lot of thought, I decided that it was in my best interest to follow the plan. A few things that drew me to the plan was that it was two weeks and it made sense to me. Research I have been doing points to moving towards an anti-inflammation diet. My mom has been on it, strictly for the last 2-3 years and it has helped her turn her health around.  In the diet, Dr. Oz promotes some very good things and my personal enemy, SUGAR was one of them. I knew I had to get over my addiction to sugar in order to be healthier.

It’s been two full days and starting my third today with no sweets! Before you start laughing, keep in mind that sugar is my drug of choice. I don’t have a lot of vices but I can’t remember the last day where I didn’t have sweets at least a few times a day. In fact, the only sugar I have ingested in the last two days is naturally occurring sugars in the 1/2 a cup of frozen berries and 1/2 of banana I am eating in my smoothie in the morning.

Yesterday, Day 2, was really hard for me. I co-lead a workshop where there was a nice offering of donuts, chocolate chip muffins and bagels. I resisted…all freaking day!!!

I was feeling really good by the end of the day. Here are some things I think I am feeling as a result of the diet and moreover, not having sugar:

1. I am less tired

2. The “Early Afternoon Tireds” did not affect me much

3. I feel like my brain is less cloudy

4. I feel a little less edgy

5. I was hungry at dinner, but I didn’t have the cravings for sugar. In fact, I didn’t even need to eat rice with my dinner. Another huge milestone for me.

6. I didn’t have my normal 9p cravings to eat

7. My ankles were not bloated at the end of the night


Overall, I just feel so much better. I am more positive and happy! In fact, I HAVE LOST 4 POUNDS!!! It has been such a long time since I’ve seen that kind of progress!!!

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side benefits

February 3, 2012

Weight loss is really just a really nice benefit of being on this diet. I lost 3 lbs prior last week and didn’t feel the least bit deprived. However, last week was difficult as I tried to stay on track while I was traveling again. I ended up getting completely derailed as I have close to zero choices in the small town that I am currently working in.

I am going to be very candid in the next few lines so if you don’t want to know too much about me, skip to the next paragraph. Another really great benefit, or at least I hope it is, is that I have had less PMS sypmtoms this month. Usually, the week before my cycle begins, my patience is non-existent and everything pretty much annoys me. Although, I am not pleasant 100% of the time, I found it easier to let things slide. Since I was not completely on the diet, I am hoping that if I was completely on it, things might be even more pleasant.

I used another stir-fry sauce recipe and threw an entree together. The recipe for the sauce is:

1/2 cup organic vegetable broth

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tsp olive oil

2 tsp wheat free soy sauce

2 tsp tapioca starch

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp sea salt

Reserve 2 T of the broth to mix into the actual stir-fry later. I found that adding a little of the sauce to the meat and then when I added in the veggies as well, helped to infuse the food with the taste.

brown rice is gross…or is it????

January 19, 2012

I have really not enjoyed brown rice in the past. However, I got a great tip from an naturopathic MD to soak the rice in water for 2 hours before cooking it. I actually have done it for less than that it still tastes good. I don’t know if it is soaking, the type of rice, the water (we have soft water at the house we are in right now), or the rice cooker, but I have been loving it and just don’t really miss white rice at all!

This is the combo I use right now:

I had a conversation with my sister, who has really been the source of most of my education on recipes and etc. on this diet, but she bought a super duper awesome (so jealous of her) rice cooker and she said her brown rice is fantastic and she does not soak it. I’ll need to find the brand to post up on a later date.

I have to cook only 3 cups at a time as you need to add more water when making brown rice in the rice cooker. You can freeze rice and use it at a later date also. This has saved me a few times too since it’s easy to just eat something with rice that is already cooked. Try it. Frozen brown rice is also fantastic in the cooking process of fried rice. In fact, it’s better than using room temperature or hot rice.