Yup, I have done it again. Another day with no added sugar in anything. Today was harder in some ways as I prepare food for all of us on a Saturday. Harvey was away all week and James doesn’t eat in the evenings so during the week I have been able to just think about myself so today was going to be different.
I went swimming first thing so I was pleased with another active start to the day. I came home to cook breakfast for us all but no takers. Harvey had already made himself scrambled eggs and frankfurters – go little fella in the kitchen! So I made sausages with 2 eggs and 3 tomatoes (raw). I thought I fancied sausages but actually I found them too fatty and didn’t like them much.
What I did crave today was a green juice. I really like them and I like how they make me feel. My quit sugar programme bans all juices but I decided to over rule and focus on making it as low sugar as possible. Many people promote the health benefits of juicing and it is the one thing I am not giving up. I picked an apple from the tree by the back door. These are cooking apples so not sweet at all. We never eat them as sweet apples so I decided that couldn’t be too bad. This green juice recipe comes from a blog I read regularly. It is written by a Finnish lady who lives in Sydney. She eats a very healthy diet which I aspire to eat myself one day so I like reading it for her recipes. I also like her blog because I like the Scandinavian style she has. I like the purity and simplicity of it. Have a look at Scandi Foodie here.
Scandi Foodie’s green juice calls for 1 green apple, a small piece of ginger, half a lemon, 3 sticks of celery, a small sprig of mint and half a long cucumber. I drank the juice with the last 2 slices of the lovely rye and walnut sourdough I bought yesterday. As it said on the packet, it is best on day 1 but it was still good on day 2. I had the crust with just butter as the bread has such a lovely flavour I wanted to enjoy it and the second piece had humous on it for protein and fat to help reduce a blood sugar spike from the juice. The juice was light and fresh. Yummy. For supper we had salad with salmon, prawns and potatoes. I am allowing myself to eat what I like, as long as it doesn’t have sugar and also isn’t full of unnatural products. I am trying to not go crazy with portion sizes though. The three of us shared 2 small salmon fillets and 1 packet of raw prawns. The potatoes were from the garden. I boiled them and then fried them in coconut oil which gave them a lovely flavour. The salmon and prawns were also cooked in coconut oil and the salmon had zat’ar on it. The salad was dressed with a home made dressing; 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp avocado oil, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon salt. I think my menfolk would have preferred mayonnaise with it but apart from that, all agreed it was a very tasty meal.
We are off to watch a film and I may have a glass of wine and some cheese and crackers. But I may not. I am feeling very comfortable and really enjoying have a stable blood sugar. I am not craving anything else to eat today but neither is anything forbidden so I am enjoying thinking about what else may I like. Or not. I am enjoying that freedom – I should have done this years ago – it feels great