Monday, April 25, 2011

My Friend Sugar is Going on Vacation...

It's nearly May.  Around this time each year, I think about summer which leads to thoughts of eating healthier.  I don't necessarily want to lose a ton of weight, but I think it's a healthy thing to give your body a break from foods that aren't great for it.
SO starting today I'm taking a sugar break.  I should say, I'm taking a sweet's break.  Each afternoon and then at night I typically indulge in a sweet treat.  Not for the next couple of weeks.  This is going to be a challenge.  I LOVE to bake.  On my kitchen counter are three LARGE tupperware containers full of leftover Easter goods.  Apple bars, brownies and cookies.
I've always been tempted to do a body detox type program but I get scared because I know that if it isn't done correctly, it can case more damage than good.  Does anyone have suggestions on books or programs that you've tried?

Last year in April, I did weight watchers to try to lose those last 8 pounds of baby weight.  I concocted this salad for lunch which is delicious.  I turned my mom and dad onto it and my friend who tried it calls it the "Tina" salad.  I buy all of the ingredients at Costco, but they can be found just about anywhere.

For 2.99, Costco sells a gigantic container of organic leafy greens.  I never finish the container, but for 2.99, I don't feel so bad.
I buy Hannah brand Taboule (Taboule is a Middleastern salad made of cracked wheat, parsley, tomatoes, olive oil and lemon) goat cheese and Dietz and Watson light turkey breast lunch meat.  (I included the brands in case you're a Costco shopper:)

Grab a large bowl (a cereal bowl is too small).  Fill it 3/4 with lettuce
Take a 1/2 C of Taboule and put it on the lettuce
Crumble 1/2 oz of goat cheese on top of that
Chop up 2 slices of turkey lunchmeat and add to the salad
Mix up.

The salad has approx. 200 calories and is delicious.  The lemon and oils in the taboule mean that you don't need to add dressing.  It has tons of flavor and all of the protein in the cheese and lunchmeat keep you more full.

If anyone wants to join me on this sugar break, let me know.  It's a lot easier to be miserable, er, I mean, healthy, if someone else is going through it with you!


  1. I will. I just was going to have 1 chocolate egg and ate 4. And got a headache! Why do I do it? So you aren't cutting all sugar just sweets and treats?

  2. Nick got me a HUGE bag of goodies for Easter - some healthy stuff but still . . . what I'm trying to say is that I need a break from sugar too and I love it a lot more than I should. I am with you! Swimsuits are coming up!
    A lot of celebrities to detox and it's the new thing in a lot of magazines, I imagine you feel rejuvinated afterwards and I bet it's true. I will be on the lookout for more info. I'm with ya!
    And for anyone who knows Tina like I do, she's quite the baker . . with a mole, or a scarf, she can whip up some delicious stuff. And that salad was good too, she made it for me. AND she got me hooked on taboule :) One of the many reasons why I love her <3

  3. And here I was working on a blog post draft which included the words "What's wrong with sugar?"

    Good luck on your sugar fast. It is hard to give it up. I just read that the average American woman gets 25% of her daily calories from it. Food for thought.

    (I'm Leslie's aunt, by the way.)


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