As we have read in health articles, polyphenols are plant compounds found in red wine, green tea, dark chocolate, olive oil, and whole grains that are broken down by the microbiome to stimulate healthy bacterial growth (as opposed to the bad bacteria) in your gut.
I drink green tea every morning without fail, usually followed by steel cut oats that you cook for 30 min or Bob's oats that you cook for 7 min, depending on how much time I have. Oatmeal with wild blueberries, chia seeds, and yogurt usually brings my b'fast in at under 400 calories. Keeps me full for a long time, much more filling than a bowl of cereal.
Even tho one doesn't have to worry about white wine staining your teeth, I choose red wine just for the resveratrol, let's not forget about those polyphenols :)
It's for this reason that in my mind I can classify dark chocolate as a veritable health food. But do I ever stop at 1 square? Not usually. I have been known to eat the whole bar. You know, not a whole bar over several days time, but on the very same day.
This week I completed my first go-around on the 21 day Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. I say first because I intend to do it again. I found it to be really beneficial.
21 days really isn't that long…
Well, it can seem that way at day 1, day 2, and day 3, but soon you find yourself at day 10, halfway, and then it's just a bit farther. Hiking up the mountain to reach day 10 and 11 and then coming down the other side for an equal number of days.
I was able to stay away from sugar and my favorite go-to-while-under-stress food - ice cream.
I know it's just me and the nutrition tracker, but it's encouraging to see that I can stay within my ranges for the day.
Since this is a holiday weekend, I am going to allow some sugar before returning to the challenge. I am planning to make a carrot cake for Easter (a Sparkrecipe), and an Eggs Benedict Casserole (ditto). I bought some 88% Endangered Species brand chocolate which has 3g of sugar per serving, but a serving size is 1 oz which is a third of a bar. Today I had 3 little squares which was satisfying and I have no desire to indulge further.
I'll be returning to the 21 day challenge again. For me, I think it's just mentally healthy to take a little break, otherwise I usually feel like I am being denied what I want, and that doesn't end well. I can easily abandon the stick-to-itiveness that eliminating certain foods from your menu requires. I think it's worth a try to do it this way. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Have a Happy Easter everyone