Easter has ruined me. The holidays always do lately. Every time a holiday rolls around, I eat too much sugar, and I end up craving sugar like craaaazy afterwards. I do not understand people who don’t like sweets – like we are biologically made to enjoy sweets because they provide energy, how can you not love them? I will say I don’t like processed sugars. I ate about a handful of starburst jelly beans on Sunday and my stomach felt so gross afterwards. But I do love natural sugars – fruit, honey, maple syrup. Which means I had no problem chowing down on the paleo(ish) banana cream pie and paleo key lime pie I made for our family lunch. Luckily I was smart enough to leave the leftover key lime at my parents, and send the leftover banana cream to my boyfriend’s family so I didn’t have extra pie around the house to tempt me. But still, all I want is sugar since Sunday.
I actually saw a post on my IG feed the other day saying sugar addiction isn’t real, and we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of this “essential nutrient”, and I think my mouth actually dropped open. Aside from the fact that cabrs are factually the only non-essential nutrient (fat and protein are the only nutrients a human body requires to function), sugar addiction has literally been proven real. It’s actually been compared to cocaine addiction. Saying it’s not a real thing is just blatantly false. Companies like Doritos and other junk food companies actually put people inside MRI machines, then have them eat their product while they monitor the activity in that person’s brain. Then they tweak their ingredients to find the combination that shows the highest amount of pleasure response and addictive responses in people’s brains. You guys – that is so f*cked up. Junk food is literally designed to be as addicting as possible. And then we wonder why it’s so hard to quit, and feel bad about ourselves because we believe we just have “no willpower” or “no self-discipline”. Sure, in the past out hunter-gatherer ancestors would be stoked to get some fruit, and weren’t worried about how much they ate. But the difference lies in how readily available sugar is to us now – I recently got an email saying amazon now delivers chocolates/candy to you with an hour or something. How would you expect a drug addict to get sober if 75% of the aisles in grocery stores were filled with cocaine? It’s so hard, but I will saying sticking to natural sugars makes it a lot easier to say no than processed, refined sugars. So this week I’m trying to ween myself off of desserts a little bit, in hopes that when the Alchemy 365 challenge starts in a few weeks, I won’t want to cry when they say I can’t have any honey or maple syrup….let’s hope…
Now on to what I ate yesterday! I started the morning with about 12 oz warm water while I made breakfast.
For breakfast I made some Perfect Fit french toast with GF bread. I caved and bought some bread last week, so I’m enjoying it sparingly before I cut it out for 30+ days in a few weeks.
I coated the bread in a mixture of egg, Perfect Fit protein, and cinnamon. Then topped it with some unsweetened coconut yogurt, sliced strawberries, and coconut flakes.
I was out of milk at my house, so before work I stopped at Caribou and grabbed a small almond milk latte + 1 small pump of chai mix.
For lunch I put together a random bowl of leftovers – baby kale, carrots and potatoes from Easter, slow-cooked chicken cooked with Primal Palate meat & potatoes seasoning (my favorite!), avocado, and an egg.
After work I went for a run, then made myself a caffeine free “iced coffee” with 1 Tbsp Dandy Tea, 12 oz cold water, 4 T Califia creamer, 1/2 T Sun Potion Anandamide, and 1 T collagen.
***EDIT*** I have removed the link to Dandy Blend tea because this company is deceiving and when tested by independent organizations, it is NOT gluten free or safe for those with Celiac. I have been having terrible Celiac symptoms just found out are due to drinking this.
I have trouble eating before and after working out, so once I relaxed a bit after my run, I made myself a yogurt parfait with 1 cup unsweetened coconut yogurt, 4 sliced strawberries, 2 Tbsp walnuts, 1 Tbsp coconut flake, a small drizzle of honey, and 1/4 cup WholeMe salted peanut clusters.
For dinner I put a pork roast in my slow cooker earlier in the day for slow cooked BBQ pulled pork (recipe soon!). I had some of that with roasted asparagus, leftover potatoes, and some sauerkraut.
Last but not least, I had a few pieces (about 1/4 bar) of my favorite chocolate for dessert.