*I cannot eat quick-cook steel cut oats. They put me in a carb coma. I CAN eat regular steel cut oats that take 20 minutes to cook, without any carb reaction. (I always eat these with one egg, to balance the meal with protein.)
*I can eat blue corn chips (but have to count them and be very careful to control quantity); I can't eat yellow corn chips.
*Salsa can have sugar in it. After being off sugar for just a few days, I could taste the sugar. (I normally buy "Wholly Salsa" that just has the good stuff in it. The grocery was out & I bought another kind, but this was before I went off sugar and wasn't checking labels. Now I know to check labels on salsa, which, IMO, has no business having sugar added to it in the first place.)
*BBQ sauce's #1 ingredient is sugar.
*If I'm home all day with a sick daughter, who I'm worried might have appendicitis because she's had a low grade fever and stomach pain for 3 days, I'm going to binge on sugar.
Sophie is fine now. I talked to the doctor yesterday morning primarily because she'd been running a 99-100 temp for 3 straight days, which is abnormal for her. The doctor thought it was a virus, but said to watch for certain signs that could indicate appendicitis. And I worried all day long; every time her stomach would cramp & hurt, I was afraid I'd be taking her to the ER. She was hurting up until she went to bed at 8:30. I finally lost it at 8:45 and ate cookies and Easter candy out of the kids baskets. She's fine today; I'm fine today.*I need to exercise. I ran two short runs last week, and that was it. I need to make time to workout. My brain needs the endorphins and my body needs the outlet.
*Dry roasted edamame is the bomb. Simply the best, easiest, "keep in my car for hunger emergencies" snack ever.
*Hot green tea is delicious.
*I cannot weigh myself everyday in the midst of learning to be sugar free. When I don't lose every day, I have way too many the "what's the point?" thoughts. I put the scale in Mark's bathroom. I haven't weighed for about a week. My pants are looser. That's enough for me.
*My definition of "sugar free" is actually "very low sugar." I still use 1/2 tsp Splenda brown sugar for my tea, which is 50/50 splenda/sugar. I still use 1 tbsp lite choc syrup for my coffee in the morning. I use unsweetened soy milk for my latte, but it has a gram or two of sugar. There's a gram of sugar in the soy crisps I like (like rice cakes but with soy--have protein in them, and I'm not reactive to them), even though the ingredients don't list sugar. I probably get between 10-15 grams of sugar on a good day. For now, that's good enough.
*I still have no idea how to accept "I'll never eat chocolate again." I don't know if I can.
*The best way for me to stay away from sugar/refined carbs/carbo overload is to remember how they make me feel--I do not like to be passed out on the couch in the middle of the afternoon. I do not like to feel grouchy with my kids for no reason.
The recent carb comas have happened from NON binges. From a few slices of pizza. From too big a meal, even one that is sugar free (but not carb free--too big a sweet potato along with a big meal is too much for me & I get sleepy).*I am extremely reactive to TOO MUCH.