30 Day No Sugar Challenge: Day 17

Thankfully, today has been much, much easier than yesterday.

It’s still been a dreary, cloudy, cool day, which usually makes me want comfort food of some sort (i.e. brownies, cookies).  I’ve stayed so busy today running errands and cleaning today, which helps.  Sometimes it’s just not good to sit around the house!

Daily Recap (how my day went without sugar)

  • Got a good bit of sleep last night and (thanks to my hubs) was able to sleep “late” (8:00 am) which I think has helped me feel less cravings today
  • Clothes are fitting looser…in all the right places! (I chalk it up to no sugar!)
  • Bought chocolate chips at the store today to make something for someone else, and normally if I was not doing this challenge, I would sneak a few.  Thank goodness I’m doing no sugar!

Sugar Rehab

I crave sweet potatoes now.  Weird, huh?

Now that I’ve cut sweets out of my diet, I want roasted sweet potatoes so badly!

Later this week I plan to share a delicious recipe with you using roasted sweet potatoes, so I wanted to talk about all of the wonderful benefits of sweet potatoes.  A lot of people think “Potatoes — bad, starchy, makes you fat!” but this just simply is not true!

It is true that sweet potatoes have carbohydrates in them — but they are complex carbohydrates.  Complex carbohydrates should make up about half of your daily calories, as they are higher in fiber and contain many nutrients your body needs.

Here’s the lowdown on these delicious, sweet vegetables:

For a sweet potato that is 2″ in diameter and 5″ long (raw):

Calories: 103 kcal

Protein: 2.3 g

Fat: 0.17

Fiber: 3.8

Vitamin C: 22.3 mg

Vitamin A: 1096 mcg

Beta Carotene: 13120 mcg

So, when you just want something sweet, bake yourself a sweet potato and sprinkle with a little cinnamon.  It might be just the healthy “treat” you need!



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