We Quit Sugar – Week 4

We are officially halfway through our sugar detox! Week 4 was such a crazy week outside of the sugar detox that eating healthy and meal planning got thrown by the wayside. We managed to stay sugar free, except for the 1/2 macaroon Tyler accidentally ate at a photo shoot (he forgot about sugar, ate it and I yelled at him to stop) and the brown sugar in the pork tenderloin rub my mother-in-law made (it was amazingly good). So all-in-all I’d say it was a success.

I started drinking green smoothies. They make a great lunch and are basically a meal-in-a-cup. Look for some recipes coming this week.

Tyler had many photo shoots this week, so he was on the run a lot, and I took the boys to Florence to visit family and throw a baby shower for a dear friend. So with travel and crazy schedules, I’d say we survived without sugar ok.

A difficult moment included not being able to have strawberry cupcakes and brownies at the baby shower, but it really wasn’t so bad. I just had an inner scream moment and the temptation passed.

Truly, the most frustrating moments are when you discover sugar in something that seems really unnecessary. For instance, I stayed with my parents on Friday night. My mom made tacos for dinner. She made homemade salsa with veggies from her garden. It was heavenly. Then she pulled out the tortillas and hard taco shells. Of course, the tortillas had sugar in them. Some do, some don’t. These happened to, but that frustrated me more because it really seems pointless to put even the littlest bit of sugar in a tortilla. I prefer the soft ones, but I avoided it this time. That to me is more frustrating than seeing a pile of delicious cupcakes, and it’s not because I don’t have a sweet tooth. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t expect to eat dessert, but I do expect to eat meals.

My favorite meal was a hodge-podge of things I threw together yesterday after church. We were trying to eat after getting Martin down for a nap, and I knew I needed to throw something together quickly, so I made a taco bowl. It’s encouraging that quick, sugar-free meals are possible. I’m sure Ethan would have loved this one, but he’s vacationing at my parents’ house, so we are down to 1 kid this week.

Taco Bowls

I took 3/4 – 1 lb. ground turkey(pre-browned) and tossed it in a pot with garlic and olive oil. Once it was heated, I added a can of both black beans and kidney beans. Then I added the corn from one ear of corn (pre-cooked). I tossed chili powder, ground cumin, and some minced onion in and let it cook for 10 minutes.

I threw on some feta, though I think pepper jack would have been better (I used what we had on hand), and served it all in a bowl with fresh sliced avocado and tomato on top. We had some blue corn chip crumbs in the cabinet, so I tossed those on, and they gave the whole bowl a crunch. Tyler and I were both pretty surprised with how easy and quick it was. We were both full and satisfied with the meal. It was so good I forgot to take a picture of it.