This is a continuation of my My Experience with a “7-Day No-Added-Sugar Meal Plan That’s Actually Doable.” Today’s post shall focus on Day Four, with my comments throughout. (Want to catch up? Here’s the introduction, shopping and meal prep, and Day One, Day Two, and Day Three.)
Day four marks the halfway point of this journey, which is a bit odd to think about. The menu for Day four involved the following items, which I shall explain in further detail below:
- Fried Egg Breakfast Tacos
- Roasted Veggie Pita With Greek Yogurt Tzatziki
- Turkey Meatball Banh Mi Bowl
- Next Day Prep
Breakfast: Fried Egg Breakfast Tacos
Full disclosure: I did not fry eggs. I broke out my wonderful egg cooker (similar to this affiliate link) and had two “poached” eggs. It was much easier, and they still tasted great.
Lunch: Roasted Veggie Pita With Greek Yogurt Tzatziki
Yay! More veggies and tzatziki! Boo! More of those chickpeas! Oh well. The veggies and the tzatziki are able to hide the chickpeas. But let me reiterate, I do not recommend those chickpeas.
Dinner: Turkey Meatball Banh Mi Bowl
Do you see those beautiful green disks on the left side of my plate? Oh look, I subbed delicious zucchini for disgusting cucumber. I made the dish better.
Next Day Prep
Oh sure. Now they’ll let you do next day prep, and yet they wanted you to do everything with the sweet potatoes in one night. Fortunately, the next day prep was fairly simple and could be completed while you were eating dinner.
- Move chicken from freezer to fridge.
- Cook Quinoa.
- Cook soft boiled egg.
Ok, I added the part about cooking the soft boiled egg, but you might as well. Those keep quite well in the fridge. All about saving spoons!
Cooked White Quinoa
Soft Boiled Egg
Concluding Thoughts for Day Four
Day four is done! I made Fried Egg Breakfast Tacos, Roasted Veggie Pita With Greek Yogurt Tzatziki, Turkey Meatball Banh Mi Bowl, and soft boiled egg with quinoa in preparation for day five.
Now, I did eat something with sugar added after dinner. I was celebrating the New Year with friends. They offered me a slice of homemade Jamaican Christmas Cake, baked with love in Jamaica from a family recipe over sixty year old.
In that moment, I had two choices. I could have refused partaking in one of their favorite traditions due to my newfound desire to avoid all added sugar. Or, I could try it. In the end, I requested a very small piece.
One small piece of cake will not destroy an entire lifestyle centered around eating less sugar. Yes, if you have food allergies or sensitivities, one small piece can do great harm. However, this was not the situation for me. Please be careful that you never become so strict with your eating habits that it is considered an eating disorder. We want to emphasis a healthy relationship with food.
This is why I want to reiterate that what I am doing is not a diet. I want to create for myself a healthy, sustainable life-style. I want to remain Clearly Alive.