Easter Dinner was a great chance to prove the feasibility of holiday meals without any added sugar or starch. This weekend, the last weekend of our sugar-free detox, was perfectly normal compared to the last two weekends without it. Except that we had a family dinner, where we entertained six extra adults and five children, 13 total, with a meal that held to our food restrictions, and nobody noticed. I believe that had we not warned guests to bring their own sugary foods if they couldn’t do without, they would not have seen anything unusual in the holiday meal that was prepared.
I smoked a whole ham, we made a cauliflower and bacon casserole, we had a sauteed kale salad, and a spinach spring mix salad, there was a vegetable and hummus snack tray. We had cottage cheese and water or unsweetened tea. There was a desert of baked apples with pecan and cream filling–no added sugar. I ate like a hog and still didn’t get to 1200 calories, total for the day.
I wish I had thought to take a picture of the table loaded with food, surrounded by smiling faces. I guarantee you that not a person in attendance thought they were eating dieting food, because the were not. If you call it a diet, it automatically takes on the persona of the work-to-live mentality of denial. We were not denying our guests anything, there was plenty of food left over, and nobody left the table wishing for more food. Even the kids ate and were completely satisfied with a meal without sugar.
Today is the final day for living without fruits or starches, but it is only another day in my life without added sugar. I just can’t imagine now putting sugar in my tea, in my coffee, in my meals for no good reason. It is just too easy to do without it. A great new thing for me is drinking tap water at room temperature with meals, and drinking tap water when I am thirsty during the day. Now I drink tea when I want that flavor, coffee when I wake up, and water at all other times. Makes dining out less expensive, for sure.
Tomorrow I am planning on eating brown rice. I don’t know what with, yet, but starches have a future in my diet. I plan on eating fruit tomorrow with my breakfast, because fruit has a place in my diet. From now on I will be journaling my meals, tracking my feelings, logging my exercise and activity.
My waist now measures 34.5 inches at the thickest point. I weigh 143 pounds. When I get out of starvation mode, because I have not been eating 1200 calories per day consistently, then I expect to lose even more girth and mass. I won’t be hungry after every meal, I won’t resort to sweets or empty calories like cookies, crackers, confections to do it. I am very happy with the decision to go this route, and after watching three of the four episodes of ‘Weight of the Nation’, I feel reinforced to evangelize this way of beginning to regain control of one’s health and fitness.