Wednesday, May 21, 2014

No sugar/no dairy meal plan- Week 1

Alright we're 10 days into this experiment and it's going pretty well! Bring on the next couple weeks! :)

Day 1

Breakfast
1/2 packet Spark with 20 oz water (Advocare energy powder)
Apple with Nuttzo nut butter

Lunch
Kaydin- organic roasted turkey and hummus wrap
Veggies chips
1/2 red delicious apple
baby carrots

Me- Hummus with LOTS of grape tomatoes, broccoli, and carrots.

Snack
Kaydin-Handful veggie chips
baby carrots

Me- Handful veggie chips
handful garlic sesame chips

Dinner
Pupusas and tamales at El Salvador Del Mundo with Alex


Comments
My co-worker brought chocolate chip cookies to the office that  looked amazing but surprisingly I had no trouble turning them down. Even when they sat out on her desk all day I had no desire to have one.

When we were leaving the restaurant, the waitress offered Kaydin candy from the candy dish. Kaydin was a little disappointed when I had to turn her down.

Day 2

Breakfast
1/2 packet Spark with 20 oz water
Citrus fiber drink with 16 oz water (advocare supplement
16 oz smoothie with mixed fruit, water, almond milk, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp hearts.








Lunch
Kaydin- organic roasted turkey and hummus wrap
Veggie chips
Applesauce
baby carrots
raisins

Me-Chopped endive with Bolthouse balsamic vinegar. There's no sugar in this dressing! :)
Hummus with grape tomatoes, broccoli, and carrots.

Dinner
Ground turkey with soy sauce, sesame seeds and other spices and herbs
sauteed rainbow chard
grape tomatoes
2 fruit leathers (all fruit purees with lemon juice) I had a major sweet craving after I ate dinner and found these acceptable dessert substitutes in the cupboard.


Comments
Only the 2nd day but I had a major sweets craving after I ate a pretty salty dinner.

Day 3

I didn't get my food logged this day and CANNOT for the life of me remember what we had. It didn't contain sugar though, I know that! :)

Comments
I attended an event where pie was being served this particular evening. I thought it would be hard to pass on it, and it sorta was, I guess. I mean, normally I would never think twice about having pie at an event, but this time, even though I wanted it, I refrained. High five! :)

Day 4

Breakfast
1/2 packet Spark with 20 oz water
Citrus fiber drink with 16 oz water
2 Catalyst capsules (Advocare amino acid supplement) Should have been taking these since Monday but finally remembered to bring them from home.
1/2 apple
banana
handful raw almonds

Lunch
leftover turkey and greens

Snack
few handfuls of mixed nuts

Dinner
blue corn tortilla chips
guacamole
fresh salsa
Boom Chicka Pop sea salt popcorn
Kaydin- also had Silk peach mango yogurt

Comments
Another event and pizza was served. And Chex Mix. Did you know Chex Mix has sugar?!? I didn't either. I was being curious and looked up the ingredients online before the event. Honestly, it sucked not eating the food offered there but I want to give this thing fair shot. I was pleasantly surprised the caterers brought mixed nuts. Yay, something I could eat! :)

We stopped by the grocery store for a few things and I noticed non-dairy yogurt was on sale. Kaydin loves yogurt so I was excited to be able to offer it to her. I didn't realize that duh, the peach mango flavor had sugar in it! I was telling Tim I grabbed her some yogurt to have for dinner and he said, uh- doesn't that have sugar??  There I was searching all the salsa ingredient labels for something that didn't have sugar and then the thought completely escaped me when I grabbed a non-dairy yogurt! Oops!

Day 5

Breakfast
1/2 packet Spark with 20 oz water
Citrus fiber drink with 16 oz water
2 Catalyst capsules
2 Probiotic Restore capsules (Advocare supplements)
banana
handful raw almonds

Lunch
Potato wedges
Spinach salad with veggies and pico de gallo


Dinner
1/2 salmon fillet
1/2 tilapia fillet (Kaydin and I shared each piece of fish)
roasted broccoli
roasted green beans
roasted baby red potatoes

Comments
I'm noticing that my intake of salty foods is rising. Because I know I can't eat foods that are sweet (for the most part) I have been instead turning to salty foods. Not usually like me. Normally I keep a balance sweet and salty cravings.

Day 6

Breakfast
Kaydin- plain oatmeal with a little bit of honey

Me-Fiber drink with 16 oz water
2 Probiotic Restore
scrambled eggs
Fried leftover red potatoes

Snack
Kaydin- softball treat after the game- chewy chocolate granola bar and roaring waters Capri Sun

Lunch
Avocado with Salsa
blue corn tortilla chips
carrots

Dinner
Sushi
frozen pineapple tidbits
frozen mango
apple


Comments
After our softball game this morning Kaydin got in the car grumpy and sad. I asked what was wrong as we were pulling out of the parking lot. She burst into tears and exclaimed "I can't eat my treat, it has sugar in it!" Oh, poor Kaydin Baby! :( lol I am really happy she was aware of the sugar but also don't want to make her feel like an outcast or sad she can't participate with her friends. That reaction obviously shocked me and caught me off guard. As you can see in the log above, she got to have her softball treat. :)

We did order a sushi roll that had a small amount of cream cheese, our favorite! And I didn't expect some rolls to be covered in eel sauce that I'm sure had sugar. We ate it all anyway. :)

Day 7

Breakfast
Kaydin-2 pieces toast, one with light butter, one with Nuttzo nut butter

Me- 2 pieces toast with Nuttzo nut butter
Fiber drink with 16 oz water

Lunch
Kaydin- turkey sandwich with very light butter. (pre-made mayo from the store contains sugar)

Me-1 piece smashed avocado toast
avocado


Snack
Kaydin-1 piece toast with Nuttzo

Me- plantain chips

Dinner
Crockpot salsa verde chicken
sauteed beet greens
roasted beets
roasted radishes
roast sweet potatoes
frozen pineapple tidbits
frozen mango

Comments
Kaydin consumed 5 slices of bread today! Carb overload! lol

Reflections

I am not one that lives her life with food restrictions. I don't believe in it. Moderation, sure! But not restrictions. However, this experiment is doing wonders for awareness. There have been a couple nights when I really wanted a dessert. Something sweet, something baked, anything! But I didn't cave.

Timmy is so supportive! lol
Breakfast was my hardest meal to prepare for and come up with ideas. This week it's been better.

Something else I've noticed is bread is really hard to find with no sugar, brown sugar, honey, etc. Might have to just get over my yeast fear and make my own!


*I also took 2 fish oil capsules in the morning when I would remember. i.e.- it was very sporadic.

**Morning breakasts at home are not a strength of mine. This past week Kaydin ate most of her breakfasts at school. She inevitably ate sugar with those meals but she did not have dairy. She passed on milk and instead had water. We're doing much better about eating at home this week.

***Two days this week Kaydin chose to have school lunch even though I packed a lunch for her that little stinker! And one of those days grilled cheese sandwiches were served. Gahhh!!!

****So apparently I can't follow directions and I didn't follow the 10 Day cleanse plan the exact way I should've. I've taken everything I should have just not in the correct order. For example, I was supposed to have the fiber drink day 1-3 and day 8-10. I drank it day 2-7. And can I just say I actually enjoyed the fiber drink! I am probably one of the few people that liked it and didn't have to gag it down. I mean, it's not the greatest thing I've ever had but the flavor was easily tolerable and I really liked the thick grainy texture.

*****Tim and Kaydin are not following the plan 100% and have had some "cheats", some intentional and some not. Honestly, this is ok. It's my experiment. One that I would really like for them to be into as much as me, but they aren't and I can't force it. Especially when Kaydin opts for hot lunch instead of the cold lunch I packed her that's in her backpack! I'm not there with her at school and she made a choice that I couldn't control. We talked about it and I explained to her the aspect of essentially wasting money when she did that and I hope it doesn't happen again (mainly for the money reasoning) but I can't control everything when I'm not around. When I am around though, she does not get to bring home the fruit snacks or the cookies she asks for at the grocery store. She has to deal with it and eat her eggs without ketchup for these couple weeks. Also, I don't eat every meal with Tim nor do I provide it. He's an adult and I can't force him to lay off the BBQ sauce on his pulled pork sandwich for lunch. He likes his dairy and hasn't cut that out 100% but is not drinking cow's milk for the time being. Overall though, they are both participating pretty well and I'm happy about that!

******I didn't document everything Kaydin ate perfectly. I've included what I know. Just because I didn't list a breakfast doesn't mean she didn't eat it. I also didn't include what Tim ate when we weren't together. Or at all really. Sometimes we ate different things when we were together.

Kaydin will be one happy girl when this challenge is over and she can have a dessert or candy again. But truthfully, so will I! :)


Linking up with Jen for WIAW.