My diet is gluten free. I eat mostly fruits, veggies, legumes and nuts. Oh, and chocolate.
I am going to be honest, I have been going a bit overboard lately. Anyone who knows me knows I love my chocolate, but I decided last week I needed to get a hold of myself. So I decided to have a little self control and go chocolate/sugar free for the weekend. For me, the more sugar I eat, the more I crave it. It’s this cyclical bad habit that can be tough to crack. In order to adhere I have to tell the people in my life that I am cutting it out for a time period, so they hold me accountable.
My enabler is my mom. I always fall into a chocolate hole after I spend too much time with her. She has “Parties” after dinner when I come over. These “Parties” involve buying every gluten free pint of ice cream in Harris Teeter and putting them all on a Lazy Susan. I have been going to too many “Parties” lately.
So after a meal, instead of reaching for my frozen brownies I made earlier in the week, I ate half a pear and some banana chips or a couple Medjool Dates with raw almond butter. Guess what? It does satisfy the craving!
Last night my partner in crime and I decided to celebrate my 72 hours of chocolate celibacy by whipping up a healthful chocolaty concoction. We made this recipe for Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oat Bars from Ambitious Kitchen. It is gluten free and also vegan if you opt for vegan chocolate chips, which I did not. If you love gooey chocolatey goodness you should definitely give the recipe a try. Not only is it delicious, but it is pretty darn healthy for something that tastes so decadent. I had all the ingredients already in my pantry, and I am sure you do too!
We had one serving with a some red wine and after we finished I froze the left overs. I freeze all my organic concoctions for two reasons.
- Without all the additives and processed ingredients, they often spoil or mold before I can devour a pan.
- I can defrost when cravings strike, rather than spend a week noshing on chocolate every night.
I had my fix. Now I going chocolate (and sugar) free for the remainder of the week! You can hold me accountable! Anyone want to join me?
Here are some of my tips on detoxing from sugar:
- Reach for fruit when you want M&Ms. Make them low-carb fruits like berries, pears, cherries, grapefruit, etc if you can. But don’t beat yourself up if you eat a mango. That would be ridiculous. If fruit wont crush the craving, have a little handful of nuts too, maybe some walnuts, almonds, macadamias or nut butter (with no sugar added). I think the combination of fruit and nuts provide the same fatty sweet satisfaction. Even if it is not a chocolate lava cake.
- If I finish a meal and I want that sugar rush I quickly make tea and focus on that rather than the brownies in my freezer. I recently discovered GoodEarth tea at Target, which is my new favorite!
- Avoid processed and packaged foods when you are trying to detox sugar. Most packaged foods are full of sugar.
- Drink a lot of lemon water. It keeps me full. Currently I am a little too full. Whoops.
- Don’t be afraid of good fats, they will keep you full and satisfied. Eggs, avocado, salmon, nuts, olives and pumpkin seeds are some of my favorite fatty foods.
Let me know if you try the recipe or the sugar free challenge! They are both wonderful in their own ways.