Saturday, May 18, 2013

You you're a sugar addict when...

Yesterday, I was getting my Starbuck's and the barista described to the lady behind me what it was and was in it...I'm thinking "oh a little coffee and milk with syrup" was vanilla syrup and 3 Tbs of Caramel and about 12 ounces of whole milk. Candybar in a cup for breakfast... "only people don't give you a nasty look when you're drinking it out of a cup instead of chewing on a wrapper"
Yes, that is what I said. We all laughed but as I was walking away, I thought, "that's kind of wrong..."
I've always known it was akin to a milkshake and didn't think much of it, especially since I don't get one often - once every couple weeks, as a treat.  But, it did set me to thinking about all the sugar I eat, again.
I've been thinking about sugar a lot the last few weeks.
Ok, so here's the scoop. I've never had problem skin, but recently I've found myself getting really bad breakouts.  So, I was thinking about the things that have changed to cause it. I'm using Clinique facial stuff now...that might be irritating, although unlikely since they pride themselves on being the skin gurus. And my cupboards are starting to see an increased amount of sugar. 
If you have heard of Kris Carr or Suzanne Somers, they will pretty much tell you sugar is the devil when it comes to our hormones (second only to artificial sweeteners and dyes) and can really wreak havoc on our health. But ooooh it tastes so good! and it gives a nice little high when you're feeling dumpy. And it's super duper addictive!!
And, here's my point. I've become addicted.
For the last week I've been meticulously tracking my food on Spark People and noticing trends...sugar. Mostly in drinks. 
This troubles me because there was a point in my life, about a year ago when I rarely had any sugar. Of course, I was addicted to Diet soft drinks instead.
But this week...every day I was having 2 cans of Pepsi Throwback (150 cal each), handfuls of mini marshmallows after lunch, rice Krispie treats for breakfast, 3 times I stopped at starbuck's for my Macchiato, and then came the quarts of grape Koolaid I love, and Bailey's on coffee cubes every night. Believe me, Bailey's has SUGAR!

The moral of the story? I'm coming up with a sugar reduction plan. I tried cold-turkey this morning but for 5 hours all I could think about was rice krispie treats and Bailey's and got kind of shaky and seriously mean. I did a little research and because of it's addictive nature, most people have severe withdrawal, akin to heroin my best bet is probably a replace/reduce action plan.
If you have any experience or suggestion - PLEASE leave me a comment. Being gluten free and staying off the artificial sweeteners rules out a lot of the "usual" options like chewing gum and sugar free candies or filling up on whole grains for a slow carb energy spike. 

In case you're curious here are the nutrition facts on my Caramel treat, from

Caramel Macchiato

Caramel Macchiato

Freshly steamed milk with vanilla-flavored syrup, marked with espresso and finished with caramel sauce.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (16 fl oz)
Calories 240Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3.5g18%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 0mg0%
Total Carbohydrate34g12%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 32g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Caffeine 150mg**
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Each caffeine value is an approximate value.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pinterest recipe - Bailey's & coffee cubes

 Don't let anyone tell you that Pinterest is a huge time sucking waste...just be sure to try out a few of the things you pin!  I decided to try the super easy coffee ice cubes in the Bailey's Irish Cream concoction.
Super yummy!  Looks weird right? I think it is the glasses - highball glasses would probably look  better. Or more square cubes - shaped cubes? If you experiment, let me know what looks best, ok?
When you try it, just a tip - 2 cups of coffee fill a standard ice cube tray, especially if you don't spill it all over.
Another tip - make the coffee strong and add ice cubes to cool it down fast before you put in trays to freeze. 
Follow me on Pinterest, if you'd like. I'll be trying out more projects ASAP!
This was so fun.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Rice Krispie conspiracy

I think the rice krispie people are keeping secrets. Last night I figured out that you can put the butter, marshmallows and then the rice krispies all in a big bowl and microwave it and it comes out the same as following those tedious instructions on the box and the marshmallows didn't boil over the side of the bowl when I forgot to watch them carefully, like they always do. Also, they forgot to put instructions on my box this time. Oh yeah, and you have to use gluten free rice krispies - maybe that's the secret! I hope I have saved you many hours of treat making tedium. 
The End.