sugar withdrawal, cutting down sugar, reducing sugar intake

The sugar withdrawal hit big time and it’s not fun. It is very similar to the withdrawal I went through when I quit my soda habit a few years back. I spent the day dreaming that this next week brings a wonderful deal on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream because I happened to find a great coupon for $1.00 off 1 pint at my local 7-11 store (this should make it free / nearly free sometime in late summer, so it may be well worth your time to look to see if your local 7-11 has them). Dark chocolate would also be great (I’m still mad at my sister for taking away the chocolates I bought). I’m definitely craving something sweet…

This is part of a month-long challenge to eat well while spending an average of only $1 a day on food. You can find the beginning and the rules of this challenge here


I woke up and had my single packet of oatmeal with 1/4 banana to start the day and take my medicine. This should be a normal routine for the next week until I finish off the antibiotics.

Once two hours had gone by, I made my regular breakfast. I had a bowl of Corn Flakes with the other 1/4 of banana. I also scrambled up a couple of eggs and topped them with salsa — mmm mmm good:

day 6 breakfast

Lunch was the usual – peanut butter with banana wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla (I’m down to less than ten tortillas left and I’m starting to get worried about what I am going to do when they run out…) I also added an apple (one cut in half and filled with peanut butter and the other plain) and then a handful of Wheat Thins:

day 6 lunch

I actually was out most of the day and got back late so needed to throw something together really quickly for dinner. I took the leftover long grain brown rice and heated it up with some of the salsa. I then added an egg on top and another spoonful of salsa with a full apple on the side. Although it didn’t look all that pretty, it was great:

day 6 dinner
I did get hungry later in the evening and grabbed another handful of Wheat Thins and a cream cheese mini to crave some of the late night munchies.

I didn’t buy anything new and I am still planning to hold out until the weekend if I can unless there is an opportunity to get something for free. Since this past week didn’t offer any grocery store freebies or money makers that I could use to my advantage, I’ve been thinking of other possible ways to accomplish this in other ways — we’ll see if I can come up with something. I can’t believe that the first week is almost over…

This is the current list of what I have purchased:

Money Spent $9.71
Money left to spend: 21.29
Retail Value of everything bought: $263.24

1 jar of salsa
1 bag of black beans
1 half gallon of milk
4 boxes of Corn Flakes
1 dozen eggs
2 avocados
5 bananas
2 boxes of Quaker Instant oatmeal
14 packs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Minis
1 package of Knudsen Light sour cream
10 apples
2 lbs of carrots
4 boxes (small) of Wheat Thins
1 jar of Skippy All Natural peanut butter
2 cans of pork and beans
1 bag of long grain brown rice
2 packages of Mission 100% whole wheat tortillas (10 counts each)

Donated Food to Food Bank that was purchased with my $1 a day

4 boxes of cereal
50 packs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Minis
4 boxes (small) of Wheat Thins
1 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean bathroom cleaner
1 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean bathroom cleaner refill

The Beginning::: Day 7: The First Week


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  1. well you said if I had any suggestions.A croc pot would make this easy..what about a soup using: salsa, & pork n beans and add some cut up carrots & little of your left over rice. Simmered the pork n beans (I would mash) & salsa (this would have onions & bell pepper in it) should form a tomatoey (is that a word?) base. The carrots & rice will add a little body. Serve w/some wheat thins or sprinkle a little toasted corn flakes on top (for crunch).
    To help stretch your apple you could cover your apple slices w/a thin layer of peanut butter and roll in some crushed cornflakes (since you have plenty) for a snack.
    boil an egg. 1/2 the boiled egg. remove the yolk and mash with a little salsa, a few black beans, avocado, 1 or 2 crushed wheat thin. This will make an improvised deviled egg.
    I just was thinking that there had to be more than a burrito every meal.


  2. For sugar cravings, a jar of honey goes a long way. Yes, it would be a pricey chunk of your budget, but it would easily last the whole month and possibly beyond. Plus, natural honey is healthier than refined, processed sweets. Furthermore, if you know any area farmers or urban homesteaders who have apiaries, you could get fresh honey at a reduced price and support your local economy.

  3. Might not be sugar withdrawal but a psychological yearning for foods you miss. You’re getting plenty of sugar on this diet between the bananas and cornflakes. Too, sugar withdrawal is actuaslly carb withdrawal and carbs are not in short supply on this diet. Don’t forget, every carb is turned into sugar once you eat it.

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