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How to meet the challenge of a sugar-free life: a daily diary of pitfalls, overcoming obstacles, psychological skirmishes, and tips for us all. This is a diary of “going sugar-free” for the next two years (730 days).

Day 5: Autumn Bowled Me Over With Goodness

Today, I went to my favorite organic cafe, LPQ, and ordered a variation of the Warm Autumn Grain Bowl. I reluctantly ordered this without goat cheese and spicy pecans in order to keep dairy and sugar out of the meal – and substituted pistachios and avocado. Meal was the best (see photo). Black coffee instead of a latte with milk was another disappointing but necessary choice. Deal with it.
 
Food Log
Lunch
Kale, arugula, brussels sprouts, pistachios, quinoia, farro, avocado
black coffee
Dinner
Quinoa, kidney beans, green onions, grape tomatoes, banana, walnuts
 
Tip: When you find a restaurant meal that works for you, work with the chef to substitute the good for the bad.

From the Archives: Day 1: Saying No to Pizza

Editor’s note: This post is from March 14, 2015, the first attempt at two years without sugar.
 
It’s difficult living in shouting distance of a gazillion restaurants in Harvard Square and Porter Square.
 

Today, out walking, I managed to resist pizza and everything else on the avenue.
 

Yay for Day #1.
 

Tip
Before you go out to an area with food venues, eat a good meal at home where you have control over ingredients.
 

Food Log
Sweet potato, red onion, green kale, white chard, red cabbage, garlic, asparagus, carrots
Walnuts
Manna bread
Blueberries