Well, the long stretch of Holidays is finally OVER. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, My Anniversary, Adam’s Birthday and Valentines Day… It’s been fun, no doubt. But, whew, these past 3 months have been filled with a lot of time in the kitchen which means a ton of food and even more sweets. So you know what that means? It’s time to break the addiction… Put down the bag of sugar, throw the candy in the trash and pour bleach all over it (that way it can’t be pulled out of there – I know, that’s sick). Something has to be done… I can’t decide – Do I dare go Sugar Free for the next 3 1/2 weeks because I have to be in a bikini? Or do I start out small and cut out daily desserts? I’m not sure which one is more realistic. My body has been trained (by me of course) to “need” chocolate after dinner or to have that cupcake on the weekend. I know a little here and there is fine but my mindset was set on “I exercise and eat healthy for the most part so why not indulge?” My 1 cupcake turned into a cupcake a la mode…and then adding toppings to that. That to me is over indulging. I work to hard to sabotage it with a night like that. Here is an example of the sweets I had Sunday night and Monday:
I’m getting a stomach-ache just looking at these pictures! When I have a little I just can’t seem to stop… It’s my addiction. I want to have better self-control and discipline and save calories while doing so. With that said, I think I will start off with no processed foods, no refined sugar and no desserts after dinner! I’m going to start Wednesday morning and aim for 10 days. If I can go longer, perfect :)
Last week I did the 7 day Vegan challenge – I was SO impressed with myself for sticking with it — until Sunday night at 7pm. I mean really, I couldn’t hold out FIVE more hours!?!?! The next day I was pretty disappointed in myself but tried to see the positive in the fact that i lasted 164 hours…and then patted myself on the back and ate a cookie. Here is how I would review my 7 days as a Vegan.
- I tried new foods and looked at the labels of EVERYTHING. I got a feel for how many items are really made with animal products.
- My stomach was a lot flatter, less bloated and my abs were more defined. It could also be because I’m lactose intolerant and I had completely cut it out of my diet?
- Overall I felt fine…No extreme side effects
- Vegan desserts are just as yummy!!
- Eating with others who are not Vegan was difficult! As my boyfriend sat there and had a steak I wanted one, and I rarely eat steak…
- People were extremely confused as to why I would go Vegan for a week and would look at me like I was insane.
- I had A LOT of cravings… But I think it’s because in my mind I was being deprived of something. On a normal weekly basis I rarely eat meat but now my body wanted it EVERYDAY.
- I felt like I was on carb overload.
- Planning your meals takes a lot of time and reading labels (good and bad) while google searching every ten minutes becomes exhausting.
- I felt on edge… Extremely irritable.
Will I go Vegan? Most likely not… Will I be making some changes? Absolutely… I don’t think I fit into a category of a certain eating style. I eat what I like, what my body craves and I’m not one for restrictions. I kind of felt like I was on a diet… If you know you can’t have it, you are going to want it and I hate feeling that way! Veganism is also expensive.. Sure, you could head over to Peta’s website and eat all of the processed foods they promote but I wouldn’t do that in my normal life so I’m surely not going to do it as a challenge. I will continue to eat meat, dairy products and seafood when my body craves it – I will also continue to make sure I know where it came from. Buy locally! Hats off to all the Vegans out there! It takes a lot of work and passion and I admire that for sure. I loved the challenge and will continue to keep a couple of Vegan meals in my diet. Also a BIG THANK YOU to my mom who hopped on the Vegan challenge bus with me all week – It’s great to have someone who supports you :)
OK, I’m sure you’re thinking – enough babbling for one day.. Onto the eats.
Valentines Dinner was still part of Meatless Monday so I enjoyed some spinach and ricotta ravioli with vodka sauce while my mom, grandma and brother had spaghetti & meatballs.
$2.50 for me to make 12 of these…Do you know how much Godiva charges for ONE? $8.99! 12 x 9 = HA, no way on earth. Do you know what else I could buy with $110? 3 things at whole foods! Just kidding :) Way too much… Maybe I will do a post on purchasing over buying pre-bought and the money you can save by doing so?
We had a great dinner, an amazing dessert and I even got some great gifts. We are big fans of LOVE.
Tuesday was a little more low-key… The girls and I stayed in the house ALL DAY long.
Breakfast: 1 egg + 1 egg white on sandwich thin w/ half of a sun-dried tomato basil laughing cow cheese wedge
For their dinner we had to be creative and find things around the house.
Before I go Sugar Free I wanted to share with you two sweet recipes… Don’t worry, I’ll still bake – just going to take the healthier route for a while…
Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies – I’m sure you have all seen these floating around blog blog land but if not go check out The Picky Palate for the recipe. These were so sweet I couldn’t even finish an entire one! Yeah, that just happened.
Also the Funfetti Cake Batter Bark I made was super easy, festive and can be used for any type of holiday!
Funfetti Cake Batter Bark – adapted from Jess
- 12 oz Ghiradelli White Chocolate
- 6 oz Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate
- 4 tbsp Funfetti Valentines Day Cake Batter
- Heart sprinkles
- Melt dark chocolate in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
- When melted pour onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Spread to desired thickness
- Freeze for 20 minutes
- Melt white chocolate in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
- When melted add 4 tbsp of Funfetti mix and whisk until the lumps are gone.
- Let sit for 3 minutes
- Remove dark chocolate from freezer and layer with white chocolate batter.
- Immediately add sprinkles and freeze for another 20 minutes.
- Break apart and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Funfetti does it again :)
I also found out that I won another giveaway! Woooohoo! Two things in one week? I must have a horseshoe stuck to me… Kate over at A Healthy Passion is sending me a 50 count box of Stevia, one jar of liquid Stevia & a superstar recipe book! I’m so very excited to create some recipes! Thanks again Kate!
Happy Wednesday everyone… I plan to get back in the gym and start my sugar-free week (10 days) off on the right foot. Wish me luck…I’m DEFINITELY going to need it! If you have any tips for me…let me know – All of the Vegan tips you girls posted really helped!
QUESTIONS: Have you ever gone Sugar Free? Do you ever over indulge and feel as though you need a cleanse? Is dessert your weakness?
Day 18: Favorite Place to Eat
My favorite place to eat out is somewhere that’s unhealthy… If I go out to eat I am going to order something I wouldn’t normally make at home so it’s a treat. My favorite would have to be the Japanese Steakhouse – You get sushi, soup, salad, fried rice, appetizer, main course, veggies, bean sprouts and the best yellow sauce in the world all in one meal. They also offer fried ice cream for dessert…. Score.
Day 19: Something you miss
If it’s someTHING and not someONE then it would have to be being in high school. You really never know how good your life is until it changes. I didn’t have to work, I never worried, everyday was spent with friends and I was built like J.Lo when my diet consisted of mac&cheese, bags of utz chips, mcdonalds and never stepping foot in a gym. Ohhh the good old days!
I have a lot of nicknames… Lyss, Lyssi, Sissa, Shisha, LB, Princess, Punkin, Nickel, and Punky to name a few. None of them are inside jokes or secretive…Pretty self explanatory!