Surviving Sugar Free January

My husband always uses January to harness his willpower and show some feat of strength in regards to his self control. So of course, I was super thrilled when this January my husband asked if we could go grain and sugar free together!

So our plan is kind of like a Whole30 but with dairy, peanut butter, and baking allowed.  So the rules are:

  • No grains (including corn and white potatoes)
  • No sugar (including honey or maple)
  • Fruit is allowed
  • Dairy is allowed
  • Baking is allowed (only with paleo ingredients)
  • Drinks allowed are coffee, tea, and water

So, my hubby and I have survived our first week sugar and grain free. It’s been especially tough for my hubby, but he said that he has started feeling less of the “carb flu feeling” and less hunger. The first week he was hungry constantly, which was tough for me, because I just like to make him happy! I simply feel amazing and full of energy, because this really isn’t a strict diet for me. Being able to eat dairy and fruit makes eating a breeze!

My hubby is still skeptical (he has been hungry all week, poor thing!), but I see that his bloated-ness is going, and so is mine. I personally have more energy, and my stomach pains (which resurrected during our USA trip) have gone completely. Also some of my clothes that were getting a bit snug are loose again. Yay!

Since we are both eating this way, it makes it easier for me to experiment with new recipes. Hubby is way more open to trying new things since he has to eat grain free all month!

Here is some of this month’s eats in pictures:
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Spinach, Feta and Pesto Frittata

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Blueberry Pecan Bread and Sliced Banana

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Spicy Sausage and Pepper Breakfast Casserole

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Sweet Potato Biscuits

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Paleo No’atmeal

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Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

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Coconut Tom Kah Gai

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Slow Cooked Mexican Beef with Grain Free Tortillas

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Grain Free Crepes with Apple, Pear, and Blackcurrant Sauce and Maple Coconut Cream

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Bunless Burgers and Veggies

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Indian @ Prata Wala

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Paleo PB & J Waffles

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Flaxseed Crackers, Guacamole, and a Hazelnut Milk Latte

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Blueberry Bread French Toast with Sliced Banana, Blueberries, and Coconut Cream

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I make extra of everything when I make it, and so for my husband’s lunches I heat up leftovers in a saucepan and put them in a food thermos so they stay hot until lunch time. For snacks we simply have fruit and yoghurt, a smoothie, or nuts (which I pack for my husband to take to work also).

So you can see, healthy, grain free, sugar free eating does not have to be difficult or boring!

Here are some of my favourite simple, grain-free, sugar-free recipes to get you started:

Strawberry Salad with Orange Balsamic Dressing

Roast Turkey with Cranberries, Apples, Bacon, and Pecans

Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Vanilla Roasted Cashews

Cashew, Fig and Vanilla Toasted Coconut Granola

Chocolate Brownie Squares

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Question: What are you doing to make yourself and your family healthier in 2015?

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