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Sugar Free – Week 2+

I have made it through 2 weeks of being sugar free, with a caveat.  The caveat being this:

Delicious boozy shake

Granny’s Shake – vanilla, caramel sauce and whiskey

I had one milkshake while we were in Vegas.  It was vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and whiskey topped by some barely sweetened whipped cream.  It was amazing.
I did notice though, that the next few days I craved candy bars and other things that I hadn’t been drawn towards in more than a week.  Tricksy devil.

I will say that I haven’t been the strictest person on rooting the sugar out of my life.  I’m still eating ketchup and BBQ sauce, for instance, even though they have sugar in them.

The benefits I’ve noticed have been great – my skin is much clearer, I no longer “crash” and am much more alert in the afternoons, and just a general feeling of well-being.
Give it a try.


Trying to Love – Salads

Part of my becoming a grown-up criteria includes eating salads.
I didn’t grow up eating fresh vegetables, mostly because my dad didn’t like them and my mom grew up thinking they were dirty and that canned veggies were more sanitary.  FYI, that is not a good way to raise children who eat veggies.

So I’ve been working on it.  And salads aren’t that bad.  They just don’t taste as awesome as, say, chips and salsa.

Enter Lettuce in Your Kitchen : Flavorful and Unexpected Main-Dish Salads and Dressings.  I picked it up by chance at Half Price Books, and have loved it ever since.

They have salads with meat, salads without meat, and I haven’t had one yet that I didn’t like.  Some I liked better than others, but that’s true of everything.  One of my favorites involved chicken and peaches with a mustardy-vinaigrette dressing.  I never ever would have put any of those things together on my own.

What’s your favorite random salad pairing?

Sugar Free Day 4 – Revenge

Sugar has gone out of it’s way to emphasize that it is the devil.  I woke up with a pounding headache this morning, which sometimes happens (sinus headaches uhhhhh), but the pounding was in a different location than the sinus ones.  And my neck hurt.  And light hurt.

I lay there and slowly tried to figure out if I should panic about a possible migraine, or whether I had contracted West Nile and was going to spend the next two weeks in the hospital isolation unit.

Then I remembered, this is day 4 of being sugar free.  The day when most people on “cleanses” or diet changes experience the greatest kickback from their bodies.

I’m suffering from sugar withdrawal.  Boo on you sugar, boo on you.

Excedrin is a healing gift from God, because I’m almost functional after being awake for 4 hours and medicated for 3.

Beware of sugar!

Sugar Free Day 1 y Mas

This will be my second serious attempt at being sugar-free.  I was last year for about six weeks, and then Halloween happened.  Candy Corn is my crack.  And chocolate.  And caramel.  And ice cream.  And pretty much anything sweet.

I’m trying this in a “oh look, I’m not trying super hard” kind of way because I want to have this be a lifestyle thing, not a crazy goal that I achieve once and then talk about the rest of my life.  I have to re-set my tastebuds for my health’s sake.

Today of sugar free has gone ok, except for I’m either hungry or my stomach is upset, it’s hard to tell right now which it is.  Going to have to wait and see what the answer is there.

I fasted last Monday, in an attempt to focus my prayers about some specific things.  I’m considering making that a weekly practice, I need clarity and answers to some big questions in my life.  I’m meditating on Matthew 7:7 right now.

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

It’s in a passage where Christ is telling us to trust Him (initial typo said Jim) for provision and that He wants good things for us.

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11)

This is one of the most comforting passages for me when I’m having anxiety about where my life is.  When I was single, it gave me peace about my dating (non) situation.  When I was burned out on my job, it gave me peace about that.  When I was unemployed for forever, it gave peace. My earthly Father is awesome, and to think that my heavenly Father wanted more for me than he does overwhelms me.

After this reassurance, Christ closes with

“Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them- this is the Law and the Prophets.”

So pass on the kindness you want from others.  Pass on the wealth you want to acquire.  Share the love you want.  Share the acceptance you want.  Share the understanding you want.  Share the listening ear you want.  This is the summary of all of the Law and all of the Prophets.

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