Sugar, Sugar

When you read the blog title today, I expect in your mind to sing it like the Archies. Well today was not as bad as I thought nor was it extremely exciting. I stayed the same in weight. I once was trying to be “cute” with a doctor and said, “I believe I could eat absolutely nothing for a week and still gain weight.” I was quickly told that was not possible in a non-funny dry tone. However, I still believe it.

I was looking at Face Book this morning and saw a link Shirley Huisman had posted titled, Five Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Sugar. I know sugar in everything as stated in a previous blog and from the DVD Fed Up; but I guess right day, right time, it hit me. I am going to try to avoid added sugar, especially in processed foods this week. This will include artificial sugar and stevia. Roomie may want me back on it by Saturday evening. Not just for the weight loss, (yes it is), but to see if I feel better. Since today was cooler I decided to make Ham, Black Eye Pea & Greens Soup for dinner tonight. Went to the store to buy a ham steak, well mercy me, I looked at the ingredient list and there was “dextrose”, in all of them. FYI dextrose is grape sugar. Even the hams that were brown sugar cured had added dextrose. Well Mr. Smithfield, you have fooled me into thinking your hams were just good, now I know the truth. Just for clarification, it was not just Smithfield hams; every ham in two grocery stores contained dextrose.  Even the deli did not have ham void of sugar. I don’t know why I was shocked. So I ended up buying a 7.3 pound All Natural Bone-In Picnic Shoulder to cook. Not what I planned, but honestly the ham steaks I was originally looking at cost anywhere from $4.70 to $6.00 for a slice and this was only $12.05 and I will get several meals from it.

So excited for the weekend; roomie and I are heading to McCormick to visit Jamie and Wade. (For my new readers this is daughter and son-in-law.) Colie and Wade are going to an Oyster Roast in Greenwood tomorrow evening. Since the tickets were a little pricy and it did not state that there would be vegetarian oyster options, Jamie and I are probably going to visit Café 312 again for wine. Do not even start, that is a natural occurring sugar in the grapes.

Cooked All Natural Bone-In Shoulder

Not the recipe I planned to use today, but since my plan was changed, so is my recipe. Honestly I took several different recipes to do this and it was wonderful. Not a bit of sugar.

 Natural Bone-In Shoulder Picnic (mine weighed 7.3 pounds)

1 Tab pepper

2 Tab salt

2 large bay leaves

Trimmed off all visible fat and skin.

  • Placed in large pot and covered with water.
  • Add pepper, salt, and bay leaves and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer for about 2.5 hour or until internal temperature reaches 160o.

Zero weight loss, so still 26.52 to go.

3 large tervis water & Metamucil

233 days to Disney Food & Wine and 26.52 pounds.


About rosestancil

I am your average 50+-year-old who woke up one morning wondering how and where the extra 30 pounds suddenly appeared came from. I am a Mom to two grown children, an Environmental Engineer (go Clemson Tigers), and a farm girl. I was raised on a green onion and collard farm in what was then rural Lexington County, SC. I still live on a part of the farm and hope to stay there. I have had a subscription newsletter, Green Onion & Collards for several years. I published recipes using seasonal local foods. I became a bit overwhelmed at the responses (I know, this should have been a good thing right?) and stopped it about a year ago. Some of the recipes I post will be from the newsletter. I will not count calories or eat lettuce. Girl gotta eat. I also will not give up good craft beer and wine, I will watch my portion size however. I intend to cook healthy, full of flavor foods, which will allow me to eat more, exercise at least 4 times a week (no gym or gym contracts), reduce and try to eliminate processed foods, and have snacks handy. I am a work in progress and will always be. If I am crazy enough to post my weekly weight, you need to be crazy enough to tag along on this journey.
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