I’ve never been into scary movies.
You literally couldn’t pay me to walk through one of those haunted houses (which, if you know me personally, speaks volumes).
I switch the television channel when a scary movie trailer comes on.
I’m a proud scaredy cat. I make no apologies.
You know what I find to be the scariest part of October? The number of mini candies haunting me everywhere I go. Offices, grocery stores, doctor’s offices, dry cleaners…
Halloween is not an isolated event. No, it’s an all month Snickers-A-Thon and it doesn’t really end until January, along with all those clothes that used to fit you.
This is why I like to commit that October is a sugar-free month.
Hold on, don’t leave the page yet - hear me out for God’s sake!
Odds are you will wind up eating the equivalent of 7-10 candy bars this month. “Oh no, I would never eat an entire candy bar, I’m an evolved foodie.” Well, three mini candies equal an entire candy bar. Mull that over.
One Hershey’s kiss equals a spoonful of sugar. Imagine every time you popped one of those iconic little drops you were swallowing a spoonful of white table sugar.
Think about how freeing it would be to just say no this year. Not maybe. Not “ok just this one time.” But no to all of it.
You can get this candy all year long, so no feelings of scarcity there.
I don’t want us to turn childhood nostalgia into a story of sugary, binge-y acceptance when it would be unacceptable for us to eat candy in this way the rest of the year.
I’m going sugar-free this month, and I would love for you to join me! Even though we are a few days into the month, it’s not too late to start. In fact, it’s better not to start on the 1st, then we are are also kicking the bad habit of needing things to feel perfect.
So… are you convinced? I want to know if you are joining me in a sugar-free Halloween! Head over to my Facebook Page and comment on this post to let me know you’re in. Bonus if you share to encourage your friends who you know will bring that leftover crap to your office...
Weekly Meal Prep
I’m feeling the time crunch this week. Lots of projects and not as much time to cook. These recipes are my go to easy cook and easy clean up. They aren’t as fun or creative as my usual fare, but at times going basic is best.
Sausage and Grilled Veggies - I will buy store made sausages from Whole Foods and grill scallions, portabello mushrooms, peppers, eggplant, and zucchini. I eat this with sauerkraut (get those good germs in my belly) and spicy mustard.
Pasta Primavera with Chicken and Buckwheat Noodles - I sautee broccoli, squash, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, onion and garlic. I cook the buckwheat noodles in this special way so they don’t clump together and then I bake the chicken in the oven on 350 for 15 or so minutes. I top with high quality EVOO, fresh basil and a little sprinkle of Parmesan Reggiano.
Turkey Burgers on Gluten-Free Buns and a Salad - I use Gwyneth Paltrow’s turkey burger recipe and I buy gf buns at the store, which makes me feel fancy. A basic salad chop and this meal is done!
Eggs and Gluten-Free Waffles - Brinner. It’s my favorite. It’s also super easy and convenient. I use Pamela’s GF pancake mix and put it in my waffle maker. I cook up some eggs and dinner is ready in 6 minutes.