Last night in my winter depression-induced insomnia I decided I needed a treat. No Sugar November is going well enough so far. Save for a handful of weak moments of whining and that one night I had a dream about a French silk pie, the cravings have been minimal. I think right now all I really want the most is: sweet coconut chips on my oatmeal, jelly on my peanut butter roll-ups, and the ability to grab a latte from a cafe. Eleven more days…
So things are pretty good on my end. Here are some comments from others:
- “So many things I didn’t realize had sugar in them, like jarred tomato sauce and some of the boxed soups from Trader Joes…and apparently potato chips!. Also, I’m finding how seriously dependent I am on stevia. I didn’t realize that the 3 drops I needed in my coffee had slowly turned into 5, and then into 10! Instead of cutting it out completely, I’ve just gone back to using 1-3 drops in tea and coffee which will hopefully tame my sweet tooth a bit. I’ve also got to say that my skin is a lot clearer! Could be coincidence, but either way it’s not a bad thing.”
- “The thing I’ve noticed the most is my energy! I don’t crash on the couch when I get home and this week I’ve started a new running program. I feel fantastic and am going to try Crossfit for the first time next week (thanks, Nick!). I didn’t think I would notice changes so quickly!“
- “For me, the purpose is primarily to practice self-control, which I am notoriously bad at. I’m a sucker for office treats, and it was getting OOC. So far, it has actually been a confidence booster to remind myself that I have turned down desserts, including a 4-layer homemade birthday cake I made my husband. At this point, it’s about keeping the streak alive.”
- “Sugar was/is one of my safety blankets. Fond memories of baking with family, always gathering around the kitchen, noshing on bread sticks late at night and brownies mid-day, planning gatherings with desserts accounted for far before anyone offered to roast vegetables or lay out a fruit platter. But I also have memories of a lot of people dying and being sick in my family. Like, too many. And watching people die is really, really scary. For some reason, though, all those individual instances of illness & death didn’t prompt me to make any changes. Until yoga. And, until this challenge. Maybe all that motive had to build up? Like the sugar in my body – ha ha ha! So after just FIVE days of this challenge (because I’m lame & started late): I’m down an inch in my waist OR, in other words… I’ve lost 5 lbs – could also be because I’m drinking more water and able to work out more due to —> Sleeping better, more energy, skin clearing up, digestive system operating better, I can do a plethora of yoga poses I couldn’t before (my core was too sugarcoated, I think!) AND… Honestly, for real for real, I’m saving money. Is that not evidence or what?!”
Let me know how the month is going for you. Remember you can use the #sugarnope hashtag on Instagram to share your sugar-free food and/or emotions.
And if you’re in need of a little pick me up, this chia pudding is #sugarnope approved.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
This recipe will make one big batch of chocolate chia pudding and enough peanut butter topping for just one serving. You can store the extra chia pudding in the fridge and top it with different things (like fresh fruit, coconut cream, etc.) when you’re ready to eat.
- 2/3 cup chia seeds
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 4 dates
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1/2 banana
Combine the chia seeds, coconut milk, cocoa powder and dates in a bowl. Stir to combine and let it sit for a few minutes while the chia seeds congeal. Transfer pudding to the blender to process dates until smooth. (Some people who don’t like the rice pudding-like consistency of chia seeds prefer to puree it like this.) In a separate bowl, mash up the banana and mix in peanut butter. Top about 1/3 cup of chocolate chia pudding with peanut butter mix and EAT.
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