I have done it again and I feel so much better today. Yes, another sugar free day 🙂 Or to be accurate, since nearly all food contains some sugar, a no added sugar in any of its guises day.
I began with Natural yogurt with ground seeds. I used the coffee grinder to grind 1 tbsp each of hemp, flax and sesame seeds. I should have put the yogurt in a separate pot to the seeds for the journey to work because by the time I sat down to eat it had gone gloopy. Seeds contain soluble fibre which is exposed when the seed is ground. The fibre absorbed some of the liquid in the yogurt turning it in to a wallpaper paste consistency. So not very pleasant but I ate it. I am really enjoying my coffee with cream in it. I bought a 300ml pot of single cream which has 190 Kcals per 100ml so 570 Kcals per pot. I have 2 coffees a day and have so far used about half the pot or . So I add approximately 70 calories of cream per coffee. The cream feels like a treat and helps keep me full for ages. Yesterday I wondered if that was less calories than the lattes I used to swig. YES, YES, YES!
Even a skinny latte is about 160 calories and I used to have 2 – 3 a day plus tea. I have switched to herbal teas and just have my 2 coffees a day with a total of about 140 calories from the cream. I am very happy with that. The other advantage is that making coffee myself in the kitchen at the office also saves me about £3 a coffee too 🙂 So I am saving pennies and calories.
At lunch time I headed out to M&S Food. I had brought a salad in from home and was searching for some protein to add to it. I looked at quite a few products and there is a lot that is sugar free. So I am going to try and take in the salad and then shop for the protein each day. Most ham has added sugar or honey so is forbidden but I found this packet of Italian Cooked Ham which was very lean, no added sugar and completely delicious.
Look at the ingredients – meat is virtually sugar free. Which I guess means I won’t be going vegetarian, which I keep toying with.
I also bought some humous as I was in the mood for something creamy and garlicky. How much sugar in the humous? I was expecting it to be quite high because of the chickpeas but I was very pleasantly surprised as I love pulses and humous. It was low :-). I had half the tub and have put the other half away for tomorrow.
I also had half a pot of Tzatziki to provide a runny type of a dressing. That had more sugar than the humous which I was surprised by. I assume that is the lactose from the yogurt and some sugar from the cucumber. Plus a bottle of fizzy water. Not sure why I bought that because I don’t really like it !Today’s salad pot had a whole little gem lettuce, half a yellow pepper, one celery stalk, one spring onion and 2 medium sized tomatoes. I added half the Tzatziki, half the humous and ate all the ham. That lot kept me feeling full until I got home.
To be honest I wasn’t very hungry then but last night I made the mistake of not eating anything and then suddenly being hungry and eating some Cheddar. Also I had half a smoked Haddock to use up today so I steamed that with 2 types of broccoli. I did add butter.
So, another sugar free day. It is getting easier and I am feeling better than I did yesterday. Here’s hoping I continue to feel better each day for a while as I have way to go to feel back to my usual perky and energetic self.