Avocados and Yoga

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It’s been nearly 4 weeks since I quit refined sugar. Of course I’ve had a few missteps along the way, but nothing has gotten me completely off track and I feel really great.  Last week I decided I wanted to add in yoga as my next healthy 3 week habit.  I did great and did yoga twice last week. Unfortunately my efforts were a bit derailed on Sunday when I accidentally cut myself while slicing and avocado. (I wouldn’t click that link unless you are not squeamish).  That’s what I get for being healthy!  I ended up with three stitches in a very inconvenient spot for yoga practice.  So to keep myself on track, I’m switching my yoga goal to 1 – 30 minute walk/week.  Hopefully by the Wed after next I’ll have healed enough to tolerate downward dog and other poses that put pressure on your hands.  I have to keep the stitches in for 10 days.

After the stitches I did have a sugar cookie. I didn’t really feel too badly about it and it didn’t lead my down a path to peanut butter cups and gummy worms. I feel like this is a good sign that I may one day be able to treat sugar as a special occasion type thing like most people.  Perhaps, a monthly thing.

I’m beginning to notice other side effects from quitting sugar. My skin looks brighter and clearer. I already had fairly clear skin but now it has more of a glow that it didn’t have before.  I no longer have a huge afternoon energy crash. I crave refined carbohydrates less overall.  In the first two weeks I noticed I was eating a lot more things like chips and bread but I think that has slowed down a bit this week. I still crave chips somewhat but that’s because they are tasty and salty.

Once I’ve got a regular yoga practice on board as one of my habits, I want to really work on increasing my vegetable intake. My nutritionist eventually wants me eating twice as many vegetables as fruit.  Right now I’m still eating a lot of fruit as a substitute for my refined sugar habit.

Last night I replaced my pasta with yellow summer squash and it worked out great. I’ve done this many times before with zucchini but it was greatly improved last night using a

Zyliss Julienne Peeler

Zyliss Julienne Peeler

and by lightly sauteing the “noodles” rather than boiling them as I have in the pasta.  I topped them with sauteed chicken sausage, kale and pasta sauce.  It was a really delicious and I didn’t miss the pasta at all.

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