sugar-free update #2

3 Mar

2 weeks in!

4.5 until a very “sweet” Easter.

Here are the updates from the field. It’s just Amanda and I reporting this week as Meghan was experiencing some technical difficulties. You can check out the week one update and see our pretty faces here.

AMANDA:

I know I’m hurting for sugar when I find myself staring longingly at the free sample in the Lund’s bakery: powdered donuts. Just a few weeks ago I would have managed to snag two of them. It’s really not getting any easier. I don’t think I mentioned this before, but I’m a new mother and still nursing my 12 week old. Call me crazy, but I feel like my new diet has taken a toll on our little dude’s tummy. Diapers have taken on a life of their own!

Things I’m craving that I can’t have:

Everything! Grocery shopping, commercials for sweets, cooking shows are now really hard to do and watch if there is something involving sugar. And FYI…everything has sugar.

Non-sweetener substitutes that you love (or any that just didn’t work):

Actually, I’ve simply taken sugar out of a couple recipes (baked brie, brie fondue, homemade pasta sauce, etc) and I haven’t missed it.

Accidental (or not) cheat moments:

I had a piece of gum on my way to teach a class. I had to. There was no other way to disguise my hummus breath. I’m sure there were other moments that were truly accidental, but I can’t do much about those.

General thoughts: has it been hard? Anything specific that you are noticing?

Normally I love going out to eat, but I feel like this Lenten challenge makes it more stressful. I have to ask the server too many questions! I also feel like I’m starting to substitute butter for sugar and that can’t be good! What will week 3 bring?

The plus side: I’m back in my pre-pregnancy jeans. Well, some of them.

JEN:

I think I went through some major withdrawal this past week. I had a day or two of dizziness and ickiness. I just felt “off”. I even stayed home from work for a day. Could it have been the lack of sugar? Could I have been cured with a square of chocolate?  If so, that’s crazy! I’m feeling much better now, so I’m hoping my “offness” has passed.

Things I’m craving that I can’t have:

I can’t say I’m craving anything specific. It varies on my surroundings. For example, we went out for dinner with Anne and Pat on Friday night and it’s tradition for the 4 of us to go for ice cream after dinner. Not being able to partake in that was disappointing. My latte was good, but it didn’t taste like a scoop of Pavarotti.

Non-sweetener substitutes that you love (or any that just didn’t work):

I am now in love with dates. 1 or 2 at the end of a meal are proving to be a great way to keep my sweet tooth in check.

Accidental (or not) cheat moments:

None that I know of! I almost cheated.  I was at Whole Foods this past weekend and there was a sampling of crackers and trout spread. I had cracker in hand and was about to add the trout spread when I thought, “I should check the ingredients”. Yep, both the trout spread and the cracker had sugar in it. Into the trash it went and I made a b-line for the cheese samples.

General thoughts: has it been hard? Anything specific that you are noticing?

I am really noticing how much sugar we consume. I would consider myself a very healthy eater.  I love desserts and have missed them. However, I’m more amazed at the sugar in other foods – like trout spread. What’s that about?

What about you? I know we have a few readers that are doing their own challenges.  One of you is off the splenda (yeah!) and a certain sister of mine was going sugar-free for the week. Are there more of you?

Tell us about it. What are you noticing? Any tips? Secrets?

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8 Responses to “sugar-free update #2”

  1. Monica March 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    Week 2 is definitely easier. I had massive headaches last week. I’m finding that it’s not nearly as hard as i thought to put a packet of raw sugar in my coffee in the morning instead of the 4 packs of splenda I used to put (yeah, you read that right). What’s hard is the afternoons, like now, when I would use my diet sunkist lemonade to keep me full and to keep me from eating sweets. I have discovered adding lemon to water and tea helps a lot. Also, i’ve been trying to cut down on my salt – very successfully. And, there are Flavor & Fiber bars at Trader Joes with natural sweeteners (fruit juices) and they have some good blueberry bran muffins also with natural sweeteners if you no-sugar kids are interested.

  2. anne March 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    To Amanda: You are nursing a 12 week old and are off sugar??? WOW!!! I consider the nursing period the same as the pregnancy period- eat whatever you want!! That’s amazing! (And also- you are able to DINE OUT AT RESTAURANTS 3 months post-partum??? How does that happen? I think I ate at a restaurant ONCE in the first three months after my son was born!)

    To Jen: Trout spread? That sounds nasty- you shouldn’t be eating that anyway:) Give me a call after Easter and I’d love to go out for ice cream with you to make up for the Sebastian Joe’s that you missed out on.

  3. Ann March 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    I don’t know how you guys can do it. I just gave up desserts..well sweets in general, but not sugar all together. It’s been tough. My hat is off to you gals going cold turkey. Amanda, I am with you on the substituting. I’ve been drinking chocolate milk with my lunch, I never do that! Sugar is a powerful thing my friends.

  4. Ann March 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    Jennifer ~ Trout spread???!!!! I can’t put into words how icky that sounds.

  5. Jackson March 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    Doing weight watchers is challenging enough for me. Dropping sugar off my diet is not going to happen. Did I mention I’m also lactose intolerant?:) Why add to my dietary restrictions.
    I am impressed at your perseverance. Keep it up.
    Trout spread? Ummmm…..no thank you.

  6. Fav Sista March 3, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    I did not do very well with my commitment. It lasted less than 12 hours. I recommitted and that lasted about 24. I threw in the towel after that. I was not prepared. It is much like WW, being prepared is the key and having the proper foods in the house plus a plan is the key. Unfortunately, I feel like I haven’t been to the grocery store since the Clinton administration. We have fallen into busyness here. I am working on a grocery list and will re-evaluate my level of commitment this week. Groceries on Saturday.

  7. Monica March 4, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    shout out to those of you on WW. I am too but i’m trying to just be healthy and not crazy about it (i.e., using all my points, losing weight slowly, cheating enough to keep me sane). I just don’t like that WW encourages a lot of artificial sweeteners (hence, i gave them up). Something doesn’t seem right about that.

  8. Cheryl March 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Love the blog and especially your mom’s potroast…and just as good warmed up. Congrats on your willpower on giving up sugar…amazing

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