21 October, 2014

Get Fit With Me! Week 2: Replace Your Sugar

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Before you read on, please read Part 1 to understand what I'm doing. :o) It covers:
  • The supplement I am taking.
  • Fitness routine.
  • Food.
Hi, everybody!

I meant to post this yesterday, but I've been so busy with my sons for the past week or so, that I only started to have some time to blog today. So, this is an update on Week 2 of OptiNutrients Ignite supplement. Let's get started!

After taking my supplement daily, along with eating good food and staying active, my energy level is so much better. I am not as lethargic as I was before, and I no longer find myself snacking or eating mindlessly. Also, I no longer get hungry when it's not mealtime.

Today, I want to talk to you about replacing your sugar because I have a sweet tooth, and I knew that a lifestyle change was going to be difficult. I don't know about you, but I am constantly bombarded with mixed messages about what sugars are good, and which ones are bad. It seems that each day, there's a new "expert" with something new or different to say. However, I will tell you what has been working for me.

I no longer use white sugar, and not even brown sugar (slightly healthier) anymore. Instead, I am now using two different sugars, with the main one being date sugar from Bob's Red Mill:

Date sugar is very good for you because it is unrefined and still has the nutrients that the date fruit has to offer. It is basically dried dates, pulverized into fine granules. Date is a very naturally sweet fruit, and when you eat date sugar, you're basically eating dried fruit. Out of all the sweeteners out there, date sugar contains the highest amount of antioxidants. Did you know that the popular "healthy" sweetener agave nectar syrup is just as bad as white sugar? How about brown rice syrup? Well, that one is not so good either. To know more about the health benefits of date sugar, and why it beats out all of the other 12 popular sweeteners, click HERE.

However, date sugar does not dissolve (it is just pulverized dried fruit, after all), it is better as a marinade for meats, vegetables, and a sweetener in cookies. So, when I need a soluble sweetener in my cooking, I would use organic coconut palm sugar from Big Tree Farms.

Here is the reason why you should switch to coconut sugar: unlike regular sugar, coconut palm sugar is low on the glycemic index, which means that you won't get tired after the initial burst of energy that most other sweeteners give you.

Other health benefits of coconut sugar, as stated by Big Tree Farms:

  • Magnesium & Nitrogen: regulates blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Helps prevent and manage hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  • Zinc: called the "nutrient of intelligence," and is necessary for mental development.
  • Low Glycemic: slow absorption into the bloodstream, which means a happier and healthier body.
  • Potassium: electrolytes help with muscular strength, cramps, diabetes maintenance and brain function.
  • Calcium: builds strong bones, reduces high blood pressure and kidney stones, and aids in weight management.
  • Amino Acids: coconut sugar contains 16 vital amino acids, the building blocks for all life.

Okay, time to move on to my next favorite subject: Food!

On week 2, I am still eating healthy foods cooked from whole ingredients. Do I desserts? Yes, but I eat them on the weekend as a treat for a job well done, and only a small amount. I find that the first three bites are the most satisfying; anything after that just feels a bit "blah," but that's just me! I'd say it takes me a total of five bites to feel completely satisfied. Also, I bake my own desserts, using only the two sweeteners mentioned above, in low amounts (just enough for the sweet taste; desserts don't need to be overwhelmingly sweet to taste good. There should be a balance in flavor, in my opinion).

Here are a few of my favorite foods for Week 2:

1) Chicken topped with your favorite herbs and spices, topped with three thin slivers of butter, surrounded by your favorite vegetables. Roast in the oven until they are cooked. This is a perfect meal for one person!

2) Chicken and brown rice casserole: Cooked chicken mixed with cooked brown rice, chicken broth, your favorite vegetables, seasonings and spices, and bake in the oven. This is a great meal to cook ahead of time, divided into individual portions, and eaten throughout the next few days.

3) Butternut squash baked with lean ground turkey meat, cooked brown rice, and chicken broth; they are then topped with breadcrumbs, dried cranberries, and roasted peanuts. Served with roasted cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts. This picture actually shows two servings; I ate half, while my husband ate the other half.

So, how did my first week go?

Week 1: 127 lbs. (57.6 kilo)
Week 2: 122 lbs. (55.34 kilo)
Weight lost: 5 lbs. (2.26 kilo)

127 lbs. may not sound like a lot, but you need to remember that I am only 5'1" with a small frame. Thus, I'm not very tall and on my built, 127 lbs. is actually on the heavier end!

Fitness: Still the same as Week 1. I plan to stick with this fitness plan for the rest of my life.

Before & After pictures: As promised, I have posted them! While there are no dramatic changes because I do not have much weight to lose, you can see that my stomach does not stick out as much as it did before. Also, if you look closely, you can see that there is less back fat, too.

If you are curious about how I got my stretch marks to fade so dramatically, I owe it all to Bio-Oil. Bio-Oil is perfect for getting rid of unwanted red and purple stretch marks!

Come back next Monday for the picture of my Week 3 result!

*The date and coconut sugars mentioned in this post were purchased by me.
**The OptiNutrients Ignite supplement was sent to me, free of charge, to review. The opinions stated here are my own.


  1. Wow - that is a significant difference. I'm about to click onto part 1 to check out what this is all about.

    I am, as a fellow sugar addictee, always looking for an alternative and have not heard of date sugar. I am going to try and hunt this down this weekend!

    Kelsey x

  2. Oh wow the results are amazing!! Thank you for sharing

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  3. Those results are insane. Great post here with some really good info. Thanks so much for sharing it!


  4. Great tips!..so motivational! Happy Thursday, Tammy :)

  5. i am so inspired after reading the post, thank you!


  6. Great post! I've recently been trying to eat healthy & exercise but sometimes it's hard to stay inspired so thankyou for motivating me! :) x

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

  7. Well done! That chicken dinner looks yummy.
    Renee x

  8. I am loving this Whole Get Fit Series on your blog and it has inspired me to start looking at my diet. I always wanted to tell you that I've featured you on my Weekend Reads! I hope you take some time to stop by and check it out.



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