Last month, I posted about hidden sugars in foods and how I was going to omit excess sugars from my diet. It's been a month, so I wanted to give you all an update. I've heard that some people have a difficult time giving up sugar, but thankfully I did not. I stocked up on healthy foods that I like, so I was able to enjoy good food that I actually like. I also took the #GoodbyeSugar30 day challenge from SPLENDA®, so I replaced excess sugar with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener. Keep reading for my results, how I felt during the challenge, and a new recipe that I used to help combat sweet cravings.
Maybe giving up excess sugar during Halloween wasn't the wisest choice. I would be lying if I said that I didn't cheat at all. I did. However, I did make a conscious effort to make better choices. For example, Sunday night is pizza night in our house. It's been pizza night for more than 10 years. I have two children with autism, so we do not deviate from the Sunday night pizza rule, even for holidays. There is excess sugar in both the sauce and dough, so I didn't eat excess sugar on Saturdays or Sundays until dinner. I also had a salad before I ate pizza, so I ate less pizza. I'm not sure that I can live in a world without pizza, but I may try to make my own sauce with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener so I can omit some of the sugar.
I like SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener because it doesn't have added flavors, and it doesn't have a bitter aftertaste. Since it doesn't have added flavors or artificial ingredients, I can eat cleaner. Where some stevia sweeteners have a bitter aftertaste, SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is sweet – without the calories, added flavors or artificial ingredients. For more information, visit SplendaNaturals.com.
I expected to have some strong cravings during the challenge, but I really didn't. I was able to switch my favorite foods fairly easily. Instead of using salad dressing, I switched to oil and vinegar. I swapped croutons for sunflower seeds. I also omitted sauces like ketchup and BBQ sauce and used herbs for flavor. I wasn't depriving myself, and I was never went hungry.
I'm happy to report that I lost 5 pounds while doing the #GoodbyeSugar30 Day Challenge! I was already down almost 20 pounds, so this puts me at just under 25 pounds gone since I started making better choices a few months ago.
Hot Chocolate With SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener Recipe
In the evenings, my husband and I will have a cup of tea or hot chocolate when the weather gets cold. If I get a sweet craving, it's usually in the evening just before I go to bed. Drinking hot chocolate satisfies my craving with fewer calories, but I wanted to omit the excess sugar too. I made this hot chocolate with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener Recipe so it doesn't have excess sugar and is perfect for a little chocolate fix.
- 6 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 3/4 cup SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener or to taste
Combine the unsweetened cocoa, dry milk, salt, cornstarch, and SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener in a bowl and stir well.
Pour in to a mason jar or other container with a lid.
Add 1 teaspoon mix to 1 cup of hot water. Stir well. Enjoy!
Have you tried SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener yet?