I've been doing very well at avoiding the typical, easy ways to include sugar in my diet. The ones where I actively add it: 4pm snacks at the candy store, the candy dish overflowing on my co-worker's desk, the sweet pies and pastries at a dinner stop.
But when I review my meals, even those chosen very thoughtfully, I still end up with sugar in there somewhere. This week is about lessening rather than quitting, so I am taking the time to be mindful of the constant presence of sugar in my world and hoping to devise plans to get around those more difficult times.
Also, I'm bound to try to talk myself out of my firm stance on candy dishes and candy stores sometime in the coming weeks. So I'm taking the time to celebrate these small successes so that when a candy bar is screaming my name from the shelves of the candy store, I can remember how good it felt during this first week to stick to my plan.
So, here's what I ate for Day 2:
Breakfast: pumpkin muffin, fried egg/bacon/hot sauce on English muffin, large unsweetened iced tea with lemon
Lunch: Black bean quesadilla with guacamole, roasted corn, jalapenos and pico de gallo, side of chips and salsa (there must have been sugar in the salsa since it was processed, commercial salsa)
Snack: (this came pretty late since I got busy all day, so I was pretty proud of myself) mini-pumpkin muffins (same as previous muffins)
Dinner: chicken and mushroom hand pie from Pie Face (sugar in the pastry? shouldn't I know this?), arugula salad with fried goat cheese, beets, and candied cayenne walnuts.
Snack: tastes of BBQ pork mini-pie (definitely sugar in the pork), Thai chicken curry mini-pie and Philly cheesesteak mini-pie
In retrospect, this wasn't such a bad day in the land of avoidance. I'm reminded that eating out is the most difficult for any kind of clean and healthy eating. I don't know what is in a lot of the food. Even my salad at dinner may well have had sugar in the dressing. I suppose that's the sort of thing I have to ask or assume when I get to full-on quitting.
As for Wednesday:
Breakfast: small bites of yogurt with apple puree and cinnamon (little R's breakfast), honey rice and pumpkin raisin flax cereal with milk, apple
Lunch: melted cheese sandwich with fig/walnut butter and caramelized onions, cornichons
Snack: cheddar cheese stick, last granola bar (dark chocolate/coconut, definitely sugar)
Dinner: ma po tofu with rice, sautéed zucchini, salad with homemade dressing, kale chips (if I make the kale chips)
For now, I'm confident in my choices and weathering the snack times well. I will do well to plan out snacks and bring things along with me to make those times easier. I think this weekend or one of these evenings I'll make a ton of hummus to snack on with cucumbers and carrots. I did purchase a good amount of cheese to fill in the holes with dairy products.
So, I will celebrate another two days (counting today's chickens, but confident I can keep to it for now) figuring out week one.