Those of you who’ve followed me for the past few years know that I always do a sugar-breaking fast to ring in the New Year. This isn’t a resolution of any kind, it’s me breaking the inevitable sugar addiction that happens to me over the holidays. Secondarily, I always lose any weight I gained and get an energy boost, so it’s a win all around.
So, what does the “fast” consist of? No processed sugar, which includes sugar in things like bread, spaghetti sauce, etc. No more than 1 tsp of honey a day (I take this for allergies). No artificial sweeteners (which I don’t eat anyway). That’s it, the whole of the rules of the addiction-breaking fast. I can eat all the fruit I want with the exception of bananas, which I limit to 1 a day all the time because they’re so high in starches and sugars. Pretty simple, eh? The first three days are hard, but after that, things get easier.
ON THE MENU
Monday: Burritos. We’re making a whole pile of these because we have to travel tomorrow, and want something we can take with us so we don’t have to eat out. We use homemade seasoning, which is even more relevant this week because most store-bought mixes contain sugar.
Tuesday: Mediterranean Chicken. This is a slow cooker dish that will be perfect for eating over a quick batch of quinoa when we return from a long day on the road.
Wednesday: Chicken Cabbage Enchiladas. I’m making extra portions of the slow cooker chicken to be used in these. The cabbage is used instead of tortillas, which saves a ton of calories and carbs, if you’re working to lose weight this New Year.
Thursday: Anda Masala. I’ve been “aging” the eggs for those North Indian curry dish for about a week, so by the time I boil them off on Thursday, they should be reasonable to peel.
Friday: Leftovers. Cleaning out the refrigerator!
Saturday: Three Bean Venison Chili. There’s little I love more in the winter than venison chili.
Breakfasts: eggs, vegetables, steel cut oats, yogurt.
Lunches: Leftovers, as always. Tuna salad. Green salad. Various soups (homemade).
Snacks: Boiled eggs, cheese, fruit, nuts, homemade crackers.