Well at the time I am typing this blog it has been exactly 1 day and 16 hours without added sugar. I am trying not to eat any foods with added sugar or artificial sweeteners. I texted my daughter around 11 this morning and told her I was about to “chew my arm off for a McDonald’s Diet Coke”. If you are wondering arm is still intact at the time of this blog, but no promises for tomorrow. Then I thought I would grab a tea, well I never drink sweet and I only like unsweet tea with the artificial pink sweeter, so no-go there. I have decided that water is my only option. It is going to be a rough couple of days even though it should not be since water is my profession; Environmental Engineer with emphasis on water systems. I will remind you that white wine and a good craft beer is still in play in moderation. There are limits to my “healthy” lifestyle. I feel like I have the energy of a 18 year old and see some results come Friday. I would like to say when I say an article titled How to Get Through Sugar Withdrawal: 11 Steps (with Pictures), I will admit if I am going to need 11 steps and pictures, to get through this, I am a bit worried.
The weather so beautiful today and fortunately I had sampling scheduled at a facility. I do hope to get back in time to take advantage of the sunshine. Saturday morning before roomie and I headed to McCormick to visit daughter and SIL (son-in-law), I did the Friday workout Carioroutines posted on Instagram – substituting jumping jacks for the burpees. (I only had 30 minutes and the burpees alone would have taken that.) I am not sure which one of the exercises affected my buns, but boy did they and I consider that a win.
If you remember Friday when I discovered that buying precooked ham without sugar was not possible and ended up purchasing a fresh ham and cooking it; I finally made the soup tonight that started the ham conundrum. I popped a making of Sweet Potato-Onion Bread in the bread machine, yes I know my Mom is looking down from her cloud shaking her head, but it’s the machine or nothing, with no sugar, and it as a wonderful healthy meal.
Black-Eye Pea Soup with Ham and Mustard Greens
This recipe is adapted from minimalist cooks dinner by Mark Bittman.
2 Tab extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ cup diced ham (Omit for vegetarian)
1 medium onion, ch0pped
2 cups cooked fresh or frozen black-eye peas
2 cups greens (recipe calls for watercress but I used flat leaf mustard greens*) – washed and cut into ½ inch wide strips
1 beef bouillon (Veggie bouillon)
4 cups water
Salt / Pepper
Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
- Sauté onions in olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until tender.
- Add water, peas, greens, red pepper flakes, and ham. Cook until greens are tender.
*I stopped by Heritage Farms, 10350 Broad River Road, Irmo, Friday and they had some beautiful fresh flat leaf mustard, fresh rutabagas, and red chard. I get a bit carried away when I see beautiful fresh veggies.
A whole lot of water and Metamucil.
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