Beating My Sugar Addiction

Beating My Sugar Addiction

Sugar (which includes all non-fruit sugars) should be limited to 6-9 tsp a day. That’s roughly 24-36 grams.

I like so many of you was addicted to sugar. Sugar is as addictive as cocaine. I couldn’t help myself.  I needed sugar. I had a problem.  I was an addict.

When you eat sugar, your body produces insulin.  Insulin is a fat storage hormone. The more sugar you consume, the more fat you’ll store. When your body is finished processing all that sugar, it craves more. And the cycle continues and continues.

Finally, I was #fedup. I admitted to myself I had a problem.  I admitted to a friend that I had a problem. I was ready for a change….but I didn’t know where or how to start.

Enter Emily Schromm – Unleashed Fitness and her fabulous 21-day Superhero program. The basis of the program is to cut sugar and foods that your body will turn into sugar (grains, alcohol, etc). Was it easy? Hell no!  Did I want to quit? Absolutely.  Did I quit? No! I held strong and went 21 days with no sugar in the fall of last year.

Enter the holidays. I could feel myself spinning out of control again.  I recognized the symptoms. I knew I had to change again before it got it of hand.

I just finished my 2nd 21-day challenge.  I didn’t have a perfect 21 days.  I had sugar.  I celebrated with family and friends.  Do you know what the difference is? I can control the sugar consumption now.  I am strong. I am my own #superhero

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Week 3 Superhero Challenge

Week 3 Superhero Challenge

Last week was the final week of my 2nd superhero challenge. While none of Emily’s meals looked very good, I did try one.

Jalapeño popper chicken chili

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2015/08/slow-cooker-paleo-jalapeno-popper.html

Overall –

I was super excited about this chili because it’s from one of my favorite paleo recipe websites! Let’s just say, eh. I wasn’t thrilled with this recipe. The ground chicken texture leaves much to be desired. I can barely choke it down…. but it was also so expensive to make. The only ground chicken I was able to find was $7/lb! Holy crap! Add on top of that a pound of ground beef, and it makes for a rather expensive chili that I won’t be making again.

Prep –

Super easy. Chop everything up and thrown it all in the crockpot and mix. Cook on low for 8+hours. Easy peasy.

Cost –

Expensive in my opinion. $7/lb for ground turkey, $5/lb for ground beef. Yikes! That’s a lot for only 6 servings.

Chicken Carbonara Casserole

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Carbonara Pasta

Overall –

Yum. I’ve made this recipe before and it’s good. Even my boyfriend thought it was good despite the fact that it was “too healthy”. I’ve made myself a note to cut the amount of nutmeg. I don’t know like it…I don’t know why I always use it when the recipe calls for it…

Prep –

A little more complicated as there are lots of small steps. Cook the bacon, cook the spaghetti squash, cook the chicken, dice up all the veggies. Then mix them all together and bake for an hour. Luckily that baking hour gives you tons of time to clean all the dishes you just dirtied making it…

Cost –

Expensive if you use the Pederson’s sugar free bacon and good quality chicken. It would be much cheaper if you weren’t worried about the sugar free bacon or quality chicken.

On the menu for next week:

Slow-Cooker Paleo Teriyaki Chicken

Paleo Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes