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Another 100 days

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I decided to skip the bite of French Silk Pie (though I have leave to change my mind :) because I didn't want to throw my body in a tizzy with sugar, and as fantastic as it may seem, I don't miss it that much! I feel so much better, have lost weight, and best of all I love so many healthier foods as passionately as I used to love my sweets! I don't feel deprived.

I read an excerpt of Mariel Hemingway's book in which she talked about "noisy" foods. If we pay attention, our bodies will tell us what they need...if we aren't always feeding it noisy foods like refined sugar. I probably explained it badly, but it rang true for me. I love to be on the lookout for new, healthy foods to try, and without refined sugar in my system, everything does taste better!

A new Trader Joe's opened nearby this weekend. I can't wait to go back when it's less crowded and I can take my time, but I found some honeys anyway. I found a natural licorice sweetened with molasses; serving size is 15 but I think 5 would be very satisfying now and then. Most health food stores are an hour or more away from me, but I make my visits count. I used to eat carob back in the 80s but it doesn't appeal to me much anymore. But I found some real chocolate chips sweetened with barley in another store, so that cured my chocolate fix. I also love mixing some cocoa powder and coconut in peanut flour (peanut butter powder), and that with a little fruit-sweetened jam is such a treat!!!

Thankfully, I think I've found substitutes for all the things I missed the most on my first 100 days without sugar. I missed soda so much, but Knudsen has cans of sparkling fruit juice that I can pop to get my fizz fix. I can also add sparkling water to any fruit juice (best is our local nursery's apple cider)! And then I found some bottles of sparkling juice that are reclosable (so partial 10.5 oz. cans don't go fizzless in the fridge).

I also found teff at a different health food store. I had become partial to Bob's Muesli for breakfast, but I love Bob's Teff as much! It's of Ethiopian origin, and is the smallest grain on the planet. It reminds me of cocoa wheat for some reason, and I love it with stiff raw honey blended in when it's hot. I cook extra and reheat it later mornings. Other things I've discovered and gained appreciation for are quinoa, zucchini squash, and ... time to go ...
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