Day 1 is a total tease.
It’s a tease because anything is easy when you’re only 8 hours in. Seriously- if I can’t make it 8 hours without eating sugar, I am in quite a bind.
I already knew this, but everything has sugar. Many times I just selectively choose to ignore it. The average American consumes 2-3 pounds of sugar a week. That is disgusting. Of course, that stat lowers significantly if you’re not guzzling 8 soft drinks that are full of sugar and/or chemicals a day. And if you are, we need to talk.
I went for my daily snack of apple and peanut butter at my office. At home I eat natural peanut butter from Whole Foods, but let’s face it: my company doesn’t do their shopping at Whole Foods, so we have Skippy. Its first ingredient: peanuts. Yippy Skippy! Second ingredient: sugar. What-oh. And its third: hydrogenated vegetable oil. That sounds as disgusting for the body as it actually is. So is there a solution? Of course there is. My favorite ‘nut butters’ are Justin’s. If you haven’t tried them, do it. You’ll taste the difference. Their classic Peanut Butter has no sugar. What a novel idea!
While I’m on ‘good finds,’ let me share another product that I know will be a ‘go to’ for these next 30 days sans sugar, and hopefully far beyond. It’s Day 1. No promises yet beyond the 30.
NibMor will be my chocolate savior. It’s organic, vegan, gluten and dairy free and with no refined sugar. The first time I had it, I thought it tasted like choco-cardboard. But, that was because I was so used to over-sweetened, nasty ingredients. The ingredients in this chocolate couldn’t get better: organic cacao, organic agave, coconut oil, sea salt…. I’ve found that I like it even more when it’s frozen. And here’s an idea: a dollop of Justin’s Peanut Butter spread atop a square of NibMor. Do I feel a healthy peanut butter cup coming on? I think so!
Now, let me be honest. Would I rather have BlueBell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream? Of course. And I won’t try to delude myself or you into thinking I wouldn’t. But I’m hoping with some healthy distance from my white crystalline habit, my ‘tastes will change’ like “they” say. Maybe it can happen for me? Here’s to hoping.