Sugar Detox Day 2: Potatoes Are My BFF

It may sound crazy, but when my stomach feels like it’s running on empty and I’m craving sweets, eating a baked potato (or a sweet sweet potato if you can’t have regular potatoes) with sea salt actually helps a lot. Especially a big potato. The starch helps fill me up, and somehow the sea salt distracts me from my need for sugar. In fact, I sometimes end up wanting more potato just for the salt on my tongue! I have an easier time resisting salt than sugar, so that works out just fine for me.

You can do this at the office if there’s a microwave. Be lazy. Stick the potato a few times with a fork, throw it in the microwave for a few minutes, put some salt on the flesh, and dig in! If you have the patience to do it in the oven, go for it.

Fun potato ideas – mix and match:

– sea salt
– olive oil (this can taste and feel a little like butter sometimes)
– cayenne pepperpotatoes
– tumeric (good for detox anyway)
– chili pepper
– scallions
– garlic (!!)

Get fancy – fresh home fries/hash browns:

– grate the potato or buy pre-cut shredded potatoes, ready for hash browns
– sauté onions, garlic, and pepper in a pan
– add the shredded potatoes and salt and pepper. Cook until browned.

Fake yourself out – pseudo loaded potato:

– make a baked potato
– sprinkle it with garlic
– mash up the flesh a bit without hurting the skins
– quick sauté scallions, garlic, crumbled bacon (check there’s no cane sugar in the ingredients), and even broccoli in a pan
– gently mix them into the potato
– if you can have sour cream, butter, or cheese – or a substititute for any of those – feel free to use it, but just make sure there’s no sugar (or even fake/natural sugar) hidden in there

Of course you can also make homemade fries (baked or fried) and potato chips and add fun seasonings to them, too.

Do you have any potato recipes or tricks you like to use to distract yourself from less healthy options?

Keep on living the wheat free life!

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