If someone told me that I could go 14 days without honey, chocolate or bananas – I probably would have laughed at them. But, that has become a reality for me, with today being my 14th day of avoiding sugar. I’m also starting to see the effects of eating less sugar, with my face looking less blemished and my 11am sugar slumps at work being less frequent, meaning that I’ve found it easier to concentrate at my desk.
Don’t get me wrong, I have certainly had cravings for sweet things (more so for fruit rather than chocolate) this week and I have even had a dream of gulping down a glass of Coke a Cola – which is very odd, because I haven’t touched the stuff in years. But where I would have usually given in very quickly to my sweet tooth a couple of weeks ago; this week, I’ve managed to mute that little sugar monster by waiting, keeping myself busy and then if the hunger is still there, I’ve made myself a no-sugar snack option.
In my second no sugar week, avocados with tahini have still been the winner in terms of keeping me feeling full at work. But, I’ve also turned to a small bowl of porridge with a tablespoon of raw cacao stirred in as an evening snack. Porridge is so comforting that it really can double up as a breakie or healthy pudding alternative!
So how can I eat raw cacao? Isn’t that chocolate?! Yep, raw cacao is indeed chocolate. Unlike cocoa, raw cacao is cold-pressed and is not roasted. This means that it retains all of its original nutrients (magnesium, potassium, calcium etc.) and keeps its intense dark chocolatey taste. To make things even better, raw cacao contains less than 1% sugar which means that it fits in perfectly with a minimal sugar way of eating. It’s taken me awhile to get used to its powerful bitter taste, but I’m starting to appreciate just how good a raw, unrefined version of chocolate can taste… and when mixed in with porridge – it’s delicious!
Watch out for next week’s update! I’m not expecting my third week to be quite as easy as this one – we have a few meals out planned and well, I don’t think I’ve ever gone three weeks without fruit or chocolate!