If you are doing Sugar Free September you are now 5 days in. Perhaps you may have had a false start or two but I want to encourage you to keep going.
Keep going. No matter what you do, no matter how many times you slip up and think to yourself
“there’s no point carrying on”, no matter how many people tell you that you can’t do it – keep going.
Don’t quit, because a month from now you will be that much closer to your health goals than you are now.
Make today count.
I have been hearing mixed reviews from a few people doing the challenge, some are breezing through it, some of you found it a struggle from day one and others like myself were going great until day 4 when fatigue hit, a headache was threatening and they would have polished off the chocolate if they hadn’t cleared out their pantry. Alternatively you may have caved and had a few pieces of chocolate, decided on a compromise (to just cut out refined sugars) or be currently restraining yourself from wrestling that co-worker that brought in kirspy kremes (how dare they). Regardless of how you are feeling, I’m sure, if you have been checking labels, that you have been surprised by the amount of food that contains sugar.
If you are struggling, here are some tips from myself and others that you may find helpful
- Remind yourself that the first couple of weeks are the hardest. Get over the sugar withdrawals and you will feel amazing
- Have full fat milk or cream in your tea or coffee especially if you normally add sugar
- Make your own chocolate substitute or chocolate mousse
- If you want to snack on something sweet, choose carrot sticks or berries, both naturally sweet but not too high in fructose
- Eat ‘breakfast’ for dessert. Choose pumpkin pancakes or top homemade muesli with unflavoured full fat yoghurt and berries
- Drink herbal teas like peppermint, and liquorice (naturally sweet), or fruit infused teas without added sugar
- Keep a jar of coconut oil or coconut butter handy and eat a spoonful if you have strong sugar cravings
- Eat filling meals (suggestion below) of protein, lots of veggies, unrefined carbohydrates and good quality fats
Sugar Free Meals
- Bacon, eggs and sauteed vegetables
- Paleo savoury bread
- Sourdough toast with butter and Vegemite or avocado
- Homemade granola (omit sweetener) topped with unsweetened full fat yoghurt and berries
- Pumpkin spice pancakes topped with cinnamon and butter
- Roast chicken and quinoa salad
- Creamy pumpkin soup
- Salad greens, roast sweet potato and tinned sardines or tuna
- Leftovers from the previous nights dinner
- Shepherd’s pie with mashed potato or cauliflower
- Zucchini carbonara
- Slow cooker roast beef, served with sweet potato chips and broccoli
- Bacon wrapped chicken thighs
Snacks and dessert
- Carrot and celery sticks or seed crackers with beetroot hommus
- Caramalised coconut chips
- Kale chips
- Chia pudding (omit honey)
- Chocolate mousse (recipe below)
Chocolate mousse, 2 serves
½ tbsp raw cacao powder
½ cup coconut milk
½ cup hot water
½ cup berries
Combine the gelatine and hot water then add the remaining ingredients and mix well
For added sweetness crush the berries to release the juice
Pour into ramekins and allow to set in the fridge
Easy peasy – chocolate craving adverted
I’m so proud of how you have all been going, keep up the good work.