I’ve been constantly exhausted for the past month or so. Yes, I have a LOT on my plate: single mom-ing while running a household (laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, etc.) with two little ones, and trying to sell a house (and needing to keep it “show-ready”); but I know that my energy level has a lot to do with what I eat, which usually contains a LOT of sugar. I’m a stress eater, and I’ve been under a lot of stress, but stress + junk = tired. Also lack of exercise, but that’s a different post for a different day.
So I’m going to try to quit having AS MUCH processed sugar. Right now it’s working as an addictive drug in my system, land that’s no good, but I realize that I’ll need some form of occasional sugar, so I’m not cutting out fruit. Here’s my plan:
- Eat protein with as many meals as possible. I love these protein pancake cups that I have stockpiled in my desk at work, and they’re perfect for breakfast. Or lunch. Yay, protein pancake cups!
- Add good fats, like nuts and stuff. The thing is, I’m not crazy about nuts, but I AM crazy about avocado, so I plan to make avocado toast (a discovery during our last trip to Hawaii) with a side of scrambled eggs a few times a week. The girls love scrambled eggs, so that’s a win.
- GLUTEN will remain a big part of my life. It’s never done anything to offend me, and I see no reason to cut such a loyal friend out of my life, temporarily or permanently. Love you, gluten! xoxo
- I make healthy meals and snacks for my kids, so DUH I can do the same for myself. It wouldn’t consume that much more time or energy, and I think eating healthier will give me more energy, so what’s the loss?
- Instead of my normal sugary treats (that have a lot of other junk and chemicals in them), I’ll try making chia pudding, frozen fruit-and-yogurt popsicles (I may be the last person in the world who hasn’t tried frozen grapes).
- I don’t drink enough water, and I don’t drink much soda at all (but when I do it’s diet or zero), so I’ll up my water, maybe kick it up with some fruit, cucumbers, or whatever.
- Like I said, I’m not gonna feel guilty for eating fruit – apples, bananas and grapes have been “nature’s candy” since forever, right?
I’m not exactly looking forward to some of the side effects I’ve heard that happen when you cut out sugar, but I get headaches and sugar cravings anyway, so what’s the big deal? I might even lose some weight that I’ve been wanting to lose – I could be a HUGE loser!
Are you addicted to sugar? Want to try my version of “quitting” with me?
Some may not think of my plan as a legitimate “quit,” but if I do it, I think I’ll see a lot of improvements in my overall health and energy.