I made it through the second two-week challenge of my 90-day nutrition challenge! Fruits and veggies sure have been on my brain. I ate a salad every day and had at least three pieces of fruit a day…usually with my meal or as a snack. But post the water only challenge, I did insert coffee (not every day) back into my diet and splurged on a few other non-water drinks.
So what have been the benefits?
Purposeful: I had to think through my meals a bit more and be creative in my salad making and the types of dressing I chose to use (homemade dressing is a good way to save some money and healthier for you too!).
Health: That is a no-brainer, but the more colorful your meal (my mom taught me that growing up) the healthier it is for you.
What have I missed?
Nothing really…because I have not had to cut anything out of my diet that I crave or love! If anything, it solidified my love for fruit and is teaching me to branch out a bit more with different vegetables to include in a salad. But this challenge is about to heat up…
Challenge 3: No processed (refined) sugar in what you drink or eat including no desserts or sugary snacks throughout the day.
Say what?! Ok, I can DO THIS! Yes, I love desserts…they are my weakness, but I know myself well enough that it will be ok. I do my best not to gorge (most of the time) on sweets. But refined sugars are literally in just about every box you buy in the grocery store. I went the other day and was amazed…Let’s take the cereal aisle for example. I’m not a huge fan of sugary cereals, but Cheerios!? They are my main stay and that 1 measly gram of sugar is unfair right now. But…Shredded Wheat…no added sugar there! And this will force me back into an oatmeal habit which I know is good for me.
Here are the words I’ll be looking for on the boxes of food in my cupboard and what I choose to purchase at the store…and wow I can’t eat much of anything that’s in my kitchen right now: confectioners sugar, invert sugar, fructose, high fructose, corn syrup, dextrose, powdered sugar, cane sugar, raw sugar, maltose, lactose..
Grocery shopping has already taken on a whole new meaning. No more grabbing something because it just looks good. It’s time to pull the recipes and buy accordingly (even if my budget starts to cry back). Stay tuned for some healthy (sugar-free) recipes I tested over the last few days…