June 10, 2012 § 6 Comments
I’m afraid my first Sweet Sunday is going to lack that of any sweets. I figured I’d use today to recap a little something my husband and I are embarking on.
One day, I surveyed my eating habits. I generally wouldn’t consider myself an unhealthy person. I buy organic when it’s necessary (meats and fruits/veggies in which the skin is consumed), I use healthy cooking methods, and processed foods are kept at a minimum. But then I had the pleasure of reading all about our sugar intake and how when in excess, it’s quite dangerous. So here’s a typical day for me:
Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal (10 grams of sugar)
Yogurt snack (12 grams of sugar)
Tuna sandwich for lunch (1 gram of sugar in the mayo, 3 grams in the bread)
Snicker doodle cookies for dessert (16 grams of sugar)
Apple (15 grams of sugar)
Homemade burgers for dinner (15 grams of sugar in the BBQ sauce, 3 grams in the buns)
Total grams of sugar: 71 (and that’s my healthy day!)
Ever since then, all I see is sugar, and I swear anything I eat with sugar in it makes me sick to my stomach. John loves his sugary morning cereals (and I’ll admit, I do too), and those cereal companies are so good at telling you how high in vitamins and minerals it is. Guess what the number one ingredient is in Fruit Loops? SUGAR. That’s 12 grams in one serving (one cup)- and you know that no one has just one cup of cereal in the morning. One cup barely fills half of your bowl.
Anyway, I could go on and on about this all day, but fact of the matter is- it’s good to lower your intake of sugar, especially when sugar is in just about everything.
So my husband and I are going on a three week sugar fast (the few exceptions will be natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables, a bit of honey I’ll be using in some baked goods) and I am going on the GAPS diet. I’m not allergic to any foods, but my digestive system has been feeling under the weather as of late. I’m not sure if it’s due to all the sugars, or instead the lack of bacteria in my system. So I’m trying both of these at the same time (*gulmp*). As we cut out sugar, we’re also cutting out caffeine.
We understand… we’re going to get headaches, stomach aches, and our bodies are going to crave sugar like never before. But we’re going to keep each other accountable and try our best to say no to sweets. I meant to get a picture of us last night at Chili’s as we celebrated our last day of sugar. We got that delicious chocolate lava cake with the ice cream. Oh yum.
Because I still want to share a recipe today, and because I had to make it since the processed kind has sugar in it- Homemade Mayonnaise.
I know mayo isn’t good for you- but I need it in my egg salad and tuna sandwiches. The recipe is found here: http://www.simplebites.net/back-to-cooking-school-homemade-mayonnaise-vlog/
Have all ingredients at room temperature.
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup grape-seed oil or peanut oil
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
1. In a blender or food processor, add egg yolk, Dijon, lemon juice and vinegar. Blend to combine.
2. With the blender running, slowly add the olive oil into the mixture, drop by drop at first, then slowly in a thin, steady stream.
3. Continue until the mixture is thick and emulsified, and both oils are fully incorporated. Mixture should be creamy and the consistency of sour cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Transfer to a clean jar with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
If you’re going grain or sugar free, I’m compiling some recipes on Pinterest. Take a look: http://pinterest.com/creativemelody/it-s-healthy-time/
With that, I sign off to go boil a whole chicken and make a bunch of broth. Oh, what have I turned into?