I've never been into fad diets. They never seem sustainable to me. I've always believed that if you eat a balanced diet and don't overindulge too often, you'll be okay. I found out that maybe I wasn't doing so good.
I started tracking my eating habits a few years ago with an app called My Fitness Pal. I couldn't believe how much sugar I ate in a day. There is so much hidden sugar in everything. I set out to cut it back this past January. Not for any particular reason, no one told me I had to, but I wanted to give it a try and see if I could at least reduce the amount a day.
There are lots of blogs and books out there about getting off of sugar. I picked Sarah Wilson's book I Quit Sugar because I could get it from the library. Not for any other reason. I started my sugar-free experiment in January and while I'm doing okay-ish, I'm getting a bit bored. Every morning it's an omelette and a spinach salad for lunch. What I need are recipes.
Before she gets to the recipes in her book, she discusses how she quit sugar. She had some health issues and thought sugar was the culprit. Like me, Sarah decided to experiment with cutting out sugar and advises others to do the same. Her method is an 8 week program: a week to cut back, a detox (no fruit), and then a gradual adding of sweetness back into your diet.
She makes a lot of scientific claims, but doesn't back it up with studies. Show me the science! at times she contradicts herself, so it can be hard to follow her advice. Anyway, I'm not planning on cutting out all sugar (psst...I had a small piece of fudge last night). I just want to be more aware and have snack and meal alternatives.
Which brings me to the recipes...
Breakfast: More eggs. Eggs everywhere! Though I have to admit, they are pretty filling. There were a couple of other alternatives here: chia puddings and parfaits, granola. There are some pancake recipes too.
Smoothies: A bunch a smoothie recipes I haven't tried yet.
Meals: Lots of soups.
Snacks: The famous kale chip, and a cracker that sounds like bird food.
Desserts: Some cream or cheese based desserts. Also Raspberries Ripple, a frozen raspberry concoction. Note: She uses brown rice syrup as a sweetener. I don't know why this is so special. I had to hunt all over town for it. I ended up finding it at Bulk Barn.
Ingredients. Some of the ingredients were challenging to find (see the brown rice syrup comment) and I hope I will end up using the stuff. Some of it wasn't cheap.
Coconut in Everything If she can find a way to cram coconut in something, she will. Coconut oil, raw coconut, flakes, and flour.
Sprouted nuts? Every time nuts come up, she wants them "sprouted" aka soaked. She gives some blah-blah-blah about it that sounds like BS to me. I looked this up and the supposed benefits are so few that it doesn't seem worth the effort.
In the end, this book has some good pointers on curbing cravings, a couple of recipes that aren't too bad, and some ideas that should be taken with a grain of salt.
I did get a new granola recipe out of it.