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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sugar Detox–Week 7–Limiting Breads, Pastas, Rice and Potatoes

Woo hoo! I am almost there . Only two more weeks left to go on the Sugar Detox challenge for me. Have I mentioned that week 8 will be Thanksgiving?  I am not sure what that will entail but for me I am not sure if I will go there either. But truth be told, I have been saying that all along. This week really was not too hard for me. Week 7 had me giving up all but 1 teaspoon of natural sugar per day. I decided it was time to let go of my honey in my tea.  Once upon a time a go, I always drank my tea without any sweetener, and to tell the truth I have been about 1/2 step ahead of the detox all along.
Now this week 7 coming up does not scare me. I thought it was going to be something extremely difficult, In reality this week will not be too difficult for me at all.  Week 7 has me giving up most bread, potatoes, and rice, basically your starches. I am not a big starch girl. In general I don’t eat bread, rarely eat rice these days, if I do a small portion, and potatoes are reserved for baking when the weather is cold. Lately we have been in the upper 60’s and 70’s..
You may be wondering why I am not shaking in my boots at giving up bread and rice and pastas and potatoes. . I have been working on going grain free for a while now. Now why would I go grain free?  My body apparently does not like grains. I tend to suffer from arthritis symptoms and have skin rash breakouts whenever I eat grains. Years ago, I switched my entire family to whole grains. Along the way I started to eat less grains at the suggestion of my acupuncturist and herbalist. They both let me know how grains affected my arthritis. As I began to eat fewer grains my body began to feel better. Today if I do eat grains I must be prepared to pay the price.

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Ann Seeton said...

I have found that grain free and dairy free reduces my joint pain too.

Lisa - the Granola Catholic said...

I never planned to eat grain free but it appears that is what works best for me.

Crunchy Con Mommy said...

I like the idea of reducing sugar but could never get rid of potatoes! It was 13 degrees this morning. You don't wanna know what Jan is like here. I need my soup and potatoes! Lol. I really should reduce my sugar though too-I keep thinking that every time I read your detox posts!

Lisa - the Granola Catholic said...

I love my soup too, and with our "cooler" weather I keep some in the crock pot at all times. But I find that chick peas or navy beans make a good substitution, plus they give you protein. Now with Thanksgiving here in the U.S. I won't promise what will happen next week on my last week of the detox challenge.

Good Girl Gone Green said...

Good for you, Lisa! I wish you luck for Thanksgiving on the sugar aspect. i know you can do it! I use lemon in my tea. Can you use lemon or is that considered sugar? :)

Lisa - the Granola Catholic said...

Turns out the detox was only 7 weeks. I miscalculated. I will however be cutting the sugars in my recipes. When I used to bake I would 1/2 the sugar in the recipes. I have stopped the honey in my tea and have gotten used to it. Back in college I never used sugar.

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