Sugar-Free, Grain-Free Challenge

I guess I’ve lost my mind….. because I have decided to go completely sugar and grain-free for 21 days.  If you don’t know this about me, I work in and around kitchens and food ALL DAY LONG! It’s pretty hard to be surrounded by fresh made brownies and cookies everyday and not be able to even sample them!  I decided to do this because I have intense sweet/sugar cravings non-stop.  Cutting out sugar for 21 days will hopefully reduce my cravings and “need” for something sugary (or fake-sugary).  Surprisingly, I think the hardest thing so far has been not adding any sweetener to my morning coffee! Straight black coffee is going to take some time to get used to 🙂

Eating grain-free is the much easier half of this 21 day challenge.  Most of my meals consist of a lean meat and vegetables.  For snacks I usually eat fruits or nuts.  And I really don’t miss carbs all that often!

Carbohydrates are the main fuel source for most people, so when you remove that….. what will replace it?  The answer is fat.  Using fat as your fuel source instead of carbs means you burn more fat and therefore lose % body fat.   For some people this means weight loss, for others it means a change in body composition…. more muscle, less fat.

Wish me luck for the next 3 weeks!

I’m leaving you with a sugar-free,grain-free dessert recipe I’m going to try tonight!!

 

Banana Coconut Cookies

Wet Ingredients:
1/3 cup + 2 T mashed ripe banana (about 1 medium)
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring

Dry Ingredients:
2 cups blanched almond flour
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

In a medium-sized mixing bowl whisk together the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and mix together using a fork. Form dough into ball and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Form dough into small balls (about 15) and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie ball with the palm of your hand. Bake for about 15 minutes. Cookies will be soft straight out of the oven but will firm up once completely cool. You can place them onto a wire rack to cool and then place the rack into your freezer for quick cooling. Source: http://www.NourishingMeals.com