My mission this week is to restart my weight loss by adhering strictly to the program and eliminating the “system gaming” I’ve been using which has, I think, lead to my stall.
I committed to four specific things I am going to do this week and will discuss one each day through Friday. Today’s topic: no diet sodas or sweeteners.
So it’s been two days since I had any artificial sweeteners or diet sodas. It’s been a bit rough but certainly doable. A commenter on FB mentioned that when he stopped using artificial sweeteners, his cravings for sweets subsided as well.
This seems to be happening for me as well. I had a bit of a twinge of sweet-tooth last night but was able to fight it off. Overall though, while I still would like to have my coffee sweetened or grab a Coke Zero, I don’t feel a true urge to do so. This is a good thing. 😉
What I have been wanting is kombucha. I really like this stuff. The slight vinegar taste and natural carbonation is really good.
But it’s expensive. Three dollars a bottle is the best price I’ve found. I may have to see if I can make my own kombucha. I just like it so much but can’t justify the expense. This program already costs enough when you count the supplements and extra protein.
Speaking of supplements, I found some whey protein at Whole Foods yesterday: Solgar Whey to Go Natural Vanilla Flavor. 20g protein. Less than 1g sugars.
The strawberry and chocolate versions had 9g sugars so I steered clear of them.
It tastes like . . . well, mostly like nothing. Might as well be gelatin. It is supposed to be a “natural vanilla flavor” and I can smell the vanilla just slightly in the powder, but the flavor is almost nonexistent. It’s sort of unpleasant but, since I can drink it down in 3-4 gulps, it’s not the end of the world.
I am curious about one thing, however . . . the label specifically says: “Use this product as a food supplement only. Do NOT use for weight reduction.”
Anyone know why it would say that?
I saw some hemp protein on the shelves. Does any body have any experience with or knowledge about hemp v whey protein? I’d appreciate advice on the topic.
Finally, I also bought some MRM Whey Protein in chocolate and strawberry flavors because they had ultra-low sugar counts (1g each). Then, when I got home, I looked at the ingredients again and saw that they have stevia in them. Since I am 100% off sweeteners of any kind this week, I have set those aside and may try them next week. We’ll see.
Breakfast: three scrambled eggs, refried beans, two sausage, ice water, kombucha, whey protein powder drink, AGG
Lunch: sausage and sauerkraut, AGG, water
Dinner: Chipotle burrito bowl with pinto beans, black beans, double steak, lettuce, pico, guacamole, and salsa
Other items through the day: coffee, black x 2, a second kombucha drink, some yerba mate tea