Ironically, I don't like super sweet drinks, like juice, Kool-Aid, and the way hibiscus juice is made by many people.
However, I do know how bad sugar is for you. I've also been trying to lose a little weight. So, I decided to cut out sugar while John is gone and see how it goes. It's easier when he's not here because when he's here I make him cookies and so on. I decided my exception would be that I would have cake on coffee break day at the office.
So far I've done pretty well. I'm drinking my tea without any sugar.... I was down to one teaspoon in my tea anyway, so I'm not sure if this is a change I'll keep or not.
I haven't had any sugar in my oatmeal. I do put raisins in my oatmeal, so that makes it bearable. As long as I can have raisins, I probably won't go back to adding sugar. No sugar on my fonio (a grain found locally) porridge, though, is asking a bit much. So I've been adding a teaspoon of honey. I can live with that. I already eat my yogurt without sugar and my granola does have a bit of honey and brown sugar in it, but per serving it can't be much.
I haven't drunk one single Coke the whole time John has been gone....three more weeks to go. Honestly, this has been the hardest. It's hot and a cold Coke would sure hit the spot. I have some serious cravings for a Coke some days!
I've also had some cravings for chocolate candy and for ice cream (which we normally don't eat any way, so I don't know why I'm craving it!).
So, have I cheated at all? Well, one week we had Area Council meetings for three days in a row and we had coffee break all three days. So, that was kind of a stretch to the "coffee break rule". My neighbors brought me Hot Cross Buns for Easter and yes, I ate them, and yes, they were amazing. I went to a ladies' retreat and they passed around cookies and I kind of felt like I needed to participate. And today at church there was a baby presentation and then afterwards the family served sandwiches, popcorn, and a small piece of cake. So, I ate that.
Sadly, none of this sugar reduction and the calorie counting I'm also doing has resulted in much weight loss. I have some thoughts on that, but that will be for the next post.