The biggest issue I have with quitting sugar is always what to do when I go out. Truth be told, there are plenty of places these days that offer options for people trying to eat healthy, at least, here in Nashville. If I can find a salad or something that’s mainly protein, I’m pretty good to go. But the real issue is drinking.
Not that I drink a lot, but I do go to shows and tend to enjoy a drink or two while taking in the music. My old go-to drink was whiskey and coke. Something I gave up the last time I quit sugar, because coke was my biggest nemesis, and even these days I don’t drink it all that much.
The easiest option that has a low sugar count is vodka and soda water with a splash of lime. Or, if you’re at a place that specializes in cocktails and makes their own ginger, ginger and whiskey is a pretty good alternative. I had one of those this week at a work function. It was basically whiskey on top of whiskey on top of ginger. Thank you, Grays on Main for providing something delicious with a low amount of sugar. Note: Another good option for hard liquor is Gin. All three of the above contain very little fructose sugar, you just have to be hyper aware of what you’re mixing it with. I mostly stick with soda water or drink really high quality sipping whiskey.
Another surprisingly acceptable option is wine. Because of the way the grapes are fermented they’re actually low in fructose sugar (which is primarily the type that we’re trying to avoid when we’re quitting sugar). Red, however, is lower in sugar than white. Sure, you don’t want to go crazy with the wine, but a glass or two on a night out isn’t going to throw your sugar issues into overdrive. Beer is also a good option (and probably the cheapest), but if you’re like me, you might have an issue with the wheat aspect of it. I tend to feel super bloated and full when I have more than a glass or two.
IQS: WEEK 2 BREAKDOWN
Favorite Recipe of the Week: I had a craving for a little something sweet so I made the IQS thumbprint alternative cookies with a few little adjustments. Instead of using homemade jam, I had some naturally made peach butter I picked up at a roadside stop in Georgia not too long ago. I used very little of it, but it actually turned out delicious.
- 1/2 cup coconut flour.
- 1/4 cup almond meal.
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder.
- pinch of salt.
- 1 egg.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil.
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- 1/4 cup rice malt syrup.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and put some parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Mix all of the dry contents together.
- Do the same with all of the wet contents (you may need some more egg if you can’t seem to get the mixture to set. Coconut flour tends to soak up EVERYTHING)
- Mix the dry content with the wet content.
- Roll into little balls the size of your choice and press a little thumb print in to them.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden in color.
- Put your thumbprint filling of choice in and let set for a few minutes.
You can use jam, almond butter, peanut butter, or any other fun, natural, low in sugar addiatives as your thumbprint. Get creative!
Cheat Meal: Some fool brought cake into the office. I had a tiny piece.
It Really Helps: Filling up on protein. My cravings come immediately when I don’t eat enough protein at any meal. All I want to do is replace that hunger with sugar.
Get Moving: I did two days of blogilates and went for two 20 minute walks around my office building with co-workers. Next week will be better, but I’m still a few steps ahead of the week before.
Here are some of my favorite workout videos from last week.
- All About The Butt Workout: Exclusive Blogilates App Video
- Fat Burning Ladder for Toned Thighs and Sculpted Abs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUOySFM5HWc