What I Eat in a Week || Healthier Version (No Added Sugar Challenge)
Hi everyone, starting the new year, I made myself a promise that I would decrease the sugar intake this year or at least try. I am a huge sucker for sweets so I knew eliminating sugar completely would not be a realistic goal. After doing some research, I found that there are still acceptable sugars that I can consume, such as fruits and small amounts of stevia. Also, a lot of vegetables contain sweet flavors so I didn’t think it would be too difficult to accomplish my goal. The only thing that made me bitter about this challenge was that now I had to give up hazelnut syrup for my lattes, but other than that I felt so motivated and excited to take on this no-added-sugar challenge. I documented some of the foods that I ate along my journey for two weeks — hopefully, this can help you understand what the challenge looks like a little better.
One of my favorite meals/snacks was baked sweet potatoes. I add olive oil and a little bit of minced garlic when baking so that my sweet potatoes are more flavorful. This can also serve as dessert.
I also enjoyed having salmon while on this challenge. Salmon with lemon juice over a bed of quinoa is so good.
Not pictured here but I also really liked having brown rice cake with peanut butter and crushed raspberries as a snack.
For breakfast, I had oatmeal (unsweetened) with whatever fruit I had that day. Normally I like to put in bananas and blueberries with a generous amount of cinnamon. I ate a lot of meals with quinoa during this challenge. I made sure to include greens such as spinach or kale. For the meal below, I added in shrimp for some protein. If I felt extra hungry, I’d make a green juice next to my main food so the meal was more filling. My favorite green juice to make is strawberry banana smoothie with spinach, almond milk, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and collagen powder. Apple banana smoothie is another my go-to.For one of the last days of the detox, I made a big pot of taco soup. Of course, all ingredients were no added sodium or unsweetened. I made so much I still have leftover in my fridge.
On this detox, I learned so much about how food can change my body in an impactful way. I not only got rid of added sugar but also tried to have as little dairy as possible. The only time I had dairy was when I had the taco soup with a little bit of shredded cheese. I think this really helped a lot to cleanse my body and make it stronger.
Another big thing was that I completely stopped drinking latte. I really don’t like the taste of latte when it’s made with almond milk so almond milk latte wasn’t an option for me so I just completely took it out of my diet. Eliminating latte consumption felt very liberating for some reason; it was the feeling of letting go of something I was completely addicted to. Even after the detox, I don’t drink lattes as much anymore – maybe once or twice a week, which is a huge change for me as I would drink it every single day. One thing that kind of bothered me, though, was that by the end of the detox, I was still having some sweets cravings but I had enough willpower to get through the detox.
The biggest takeaway from the two-week challenge is that I can still have so many good foods without added sugar and enjoy cooking. I loved exploring new recipes and finding out about some health and nutrients facts. Also, having a determined mindset made me feel so good about myself and live a healthier lifestyle. This challenge was more about being strong and taking care of my body, rather than expecting to completely get rid of sugar cravings and stressing over what I cannot consume. I am willing to take on this challenge again every once in a while.
I hope this post wasn’t so long but I wanted to explain everything that I experienced throughout the detox. Hope this was somewhat helpful to you!