Diet

Sugar-Free Challenge: Commence!

A few months ago I did a 2-week sugar-free challenge and I\’m happy to announce that I\’m doing it again but for a week only this time as a kick off to our weekly challenges. My first challenge really opened my eyes as to how addictive sugar is and although I\’m eating sugar again (in moderation), I can\’t wait to do another round.

Ever since my last sugar-free challenge:

  • I\’m super sensitive to the taste of artificial sweeteners (I use to be a Splenda queen but now I can\’t stand it).
  • I don\’t eat thing I use to love and eat A LOT of anymore just because its way to sweet and I can totally taste all the artificial sweeteners (ice cream sandwiches, Chinese fruit cakes by the slice from T&T, sugar in my tea or coffee…).
  • I don\’t even eat or crave for fruit as much as I use to!
  • Super-sweet processed foods makes me queasy. Like these sweet crispy egg rolls that I use to ADORE. In fact, I had some this weekend and I felt sick after eating a single one. It actually kind of makes me sad as I grew up eating those but you live and you learn…
  • I am more aware of my reactions to sugar now and how I crave for more really badly even after taking a single bite of something sweet.
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This time, our challenge won\’t be as hardcore as last time but here are the rules for this sugar-free challenge:

  • No processed sugars and artificial sweeteners (sauces, condiments, candy, white bread/rice/pasta/flour, pretty much all processed foods).
  • Protein powders are allowed.
  • Natural sweeteners such as Agave and Stevia allowed.
  • Fruit is allowed.

Have you ever done a sugar-free challenge? If not, it is something you must do at least once. It\’s an eye-opener and if you are successful, it will change the way you think of sugar! Read this blog post for more details but to reiterate: sugar is in everything so always remember to check your labels!

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    Healthy Eating Ideas at Work

    Do you struggle to come up with healthy eating ideas at work? I know I do but the key is to be prepared! I drive to work twice a week and try to bike the other 3 days. On the days I bike, I do NOT want to be carrying a heavy backpack (usually because of food) so I try to bring at least 2 days worth of breakfast and snacks when I drive and leave it in the fridge at work. It\’s also because I\’m cheap— I never buy food if I have to and prefer to make it at home, plus it\’s healthier because I know exactly what\’s in it! Since I\’m working a lot of overtime and opted to come earlier in the morning than stay late at night, my company provides me with a free meal so I only need to worry about breakfast and snacks.

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    I always thought smoothie recipes are stupid because you can literally put anything you want in there but here goes:

    Green Monster Protein Shake Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (my favorite is Giant Sports Delicious PP which you can find cheap at Good Health Nutrition).
    • half a banana (I find the entire thing too sweet)
    • giant handful of parsley
    • giant handful of kale
    • giant handful of spinach
    • water (you can also use regular milk / almond milk — any liquid you like)
    • 1tbsp ground flax seeds (optional)
    • 1 cup frozen strawberries (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Blend parsley, kale, spinach, protein powder, banana and flax seeds with water. Unless you have a powerful blender, you may need to blend it for a little longer to break up all the veggies.
    2. Put in frozen strawberries and continue blending. I like to put in the frozen fruit at the end so the smoothie stays thick and slushy for longer.
    3. Drink up and prepare to feel FULL!

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