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Sugar Detox Outcome


On Monday of this week I started a challenge to break my candy habit.

When I first started thinking about seriously trying to break my candy habit last week, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share on my blog. I figured I would fail miserably and then I’d have to write about how I failed for everyone to read. I didn’t really want to do that.

Then I thought: if I DO write about it, I will be accountable. Sure, I could lie to my readers and Michael and sneak a candy bar into the closet and eat it without telling anyone…but I’d know I cheated, and I’d feel too guilty. Being accountable helped quite a bit.Β  I wanted to succeed. I wanted to be able to write a post at the end of the week and say “I DID IT!”

And I DID!

I got through the work week with NO cheating. I did not go to the Candy Room to snack on anything other than chewing gum or some cashews. NO candy!


Some Things I Learned

I can do anything I set my mind to. I was already aware of this fact because losing 100 pounds by yourself is no easy feat. But it’s been 3 years since I lost the weight and it’s easy to “forget” how far you’ve come. This was a good reminder.

I eat candy more out of habit than desire. This was huge. Here I thought I was slipping back into old habits where sweets had a major pull over my life…I thought I was getting addicted to sugar again and I’d never be able to get out of that again. I was wrong. Eating the candy at work strictly because I was in the habit to do so was a good realization.

I didn’t miss the candy like I thought I would. I thought I’d go through withdrawals from no candy–headaches, irritability and insane cravings…Nope. None of that. I really didn’t have any physical symptoms of limiting my sugar. Maybe that was because I was still eating fruit? No idea.

I realized that diet soda makes me crave candy. For a long time I drank sparkling lemon water. It has no artificial sweeteners in it and it’s not very sweet–but I liked the carbonation. Well awhile ago I bought a case of diet Pepsi at Costco and was drinking one at lunch every day. It made me crave candy AND more soda! This week I’ve gone back to the sparkling water and I just FEEL BETTER.


Some Challenges I Had

Beside the obvious temptation of the Candy Room, I also had to deal with peer pressure at work. There was a very nice brunch thrown by the managers in honor of Administrative Professional’s Day and I had to refrain from eating most of it (just the fruit). Also, another coworker got some chocolate toffee treats as a gift and I had to refrain from that too. She said “Not even a little piece?” I couldn’t do it. A “little piece” would lead me to saying “Eff it!” and eating a ton of candy!

Another challenge was the habit of having dessert every night after dinner. Even though I was making good choices for dessert (low-calorie treats only) I was still in the habit of ALWAYS EATING DESSERT. Do I always need to eat dessert? No. Should it be a treat a few times a week? Sure. But not every day. As someone who was once developing diabetes, I have to be careful about my sugar intake.

I realized I also turn to sweets when stressed or anxious. I definitely use food as a band-aid for feelings. This week I had a few stressful things happen to cause me dread and anxiety and my first thought was “I want chocolate.” Did I give in? No. I stopped masking my feelings with food (which is always a struggle for me as I am a stress-eater).

 

Weight Loss?

I hopped on the scale this morning for what would be my normal monthly-weigh in date. I am going to weigh-in on Monday, May 1st for the diet experiment but curiosity got the better of me.

The scale read: 144 even. A week ago I weighed 146.8. I am skeptical that I lost almost 3 pounds in a week. I’m sure some of that was period weight/bloat. But part of me wants to believe that cutting out candy and dessert for a week can equal weight loss.

Now What?

Am I going to start eating candy again? Maybe. I’m going to keep trying to refrain from the Candy Room at work. My goal in doing this Sugar Detox was to break the mindless snacking at work. I want to maintain that. But I think eating dessert at home in moderation, a few times a week is fine. I will resume that at some point but I don’t know when.

Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes & Basil

Tuesday after my workout I made a fantastic dinner. Michael and I eat a lot of salmon. I love it and could eat salmon several times a week. Since we like to eat fish so much I’ve been trying to compile a few fish recipes that we can rotate through. This recipe is one that is making that list. It’s a real winner!


I modified the recipe a little bit. It called for grilling it over open-flame but neither of us wanted to go outside and use the grill so we just used the Le Crueset grill pan.

Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes & Basil

Makes 4 servings | Active Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole wild salmon fillet (also called a β€œside of salmon,” about 1 1/2 pounds; see Tips)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided
  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. Mash minced garlic and 3/4 teaspoon salt on a cutting board with the side of a chef’s knife or a spoon until a paste forms. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oil.
  3. Check the salmon for pin bones and remove if necessary (see Tips). Measure out a piece of heavy-duty foil (or use a double layer of regular foil) large enough for the salmon fillet. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Place the salmon skin-side down on the foil and spread the garlic mixture all over it. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup basil. Overlap tomato slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer the salmon on the foil to the grill. Grill until the fish flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. Use two large spatulas to slide the salmon from the foil to a serving platter. Serve the salmon sprinkled with the remaining 1/4 cup basil.

Nutrition

Per serving : 248 Calories; 10 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 5 g Mono; 80 mg Cholesterol; 3 g Carbohydrates; 35 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 367 mg Sodium; 799 mg Potassium

 


I seasoned the salmon with sea salt and fresh pepper. I minced the garlic and mixed it with olive oil, then spread it on the salmon.


I chopped some fresh basil to it and then added the sliced tomatoes.


I wrapped it loosely in the foil and Michael took over cooking it in the skillet. I made us salads.


I did have a glass of chardonnay with dinner. I didn’t put wine on my “No-No List” in terms of breaking my candy habit.


The Verdict: This recipe was fantastic. The combination of the garlic, tomato and basil was delicious on the salmon! I loved every bite and was kinda bummed when it was gone.


Next time I will add a little more minced garlic and maybe a little more basil. Trust me: make this dinner! It’s low-calorie and delicious.

After dinner I wanted dessert. I went all day Tuesday without really craving candy and was feeling pretty confident about my Sugar Detox. Then after my great workout and yummy dinner all I wanted was a glass of milk and some chocolate. I realized that it was more about HABIT. Dinner was over and I should have left the kitchen and done something else, but I was standing there wanting to eat more. I wasn’t hungry, really, so why would I continue to eat?

Then I asked Michael if he thought having a glass of chocolate milk was considering “cheating” on my Sugar Detox. At first he said he couldn’t answer that because I’d made my own rules and it was up to me. I badgered him until he answered πŸ™‚ and he said YES it IS cheating.

Dang it.

No chocolate milk. I skipped it, had half a glass of plain milk and then got ready for bed. I stayed strong and didn’t eat candy. I will have a small glass of chocolate milk with protein powder on Saturday after my workout, though.

It’s now Wednesday and I’ve gone three days with no candy. I honestly don’t feel any different not eating candy. The only difference is that I feel a bit better about myself for NOT mindlessly eating candy at work. I guess I was expecting to have a physical reaction to stopping the candy habit. Hmm.

The only thing that might be a physical reaction: I’ve been feeling hungrier this week. I don’t know if I can attribute that to no candy though because I’ve also been trying to eat less calories.

QUESTION: Are you going to try this recipe? And if you’ve ever detoxed from sugar, did you have a physical reaction at all?