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Thanks to Mary at Giving Up On Perfect for her Coke post, I felt I could finally come clean and admit: I have an unending love for candy bars. Even though I typically eat healthy, wholesome, natural foods, I can’t say no to a candy bar. And try as I might to act like I don’t like them, given the choice, I’d eat one every day {hanging head in shame}. Here are my all time favorites:

1. Snickers – Perhaps the quintessential candy bar, Snickers embodies everything a candy bar should be.

2. Hershey’s bar – The bar that can do anything. Without Herhsey’s we wouldn’t have such joys as S’mores or Kisses.

3. Butterfinger – I ate a Butterfinger every day in my last two trimesters with Julia. It was worth every extra pound I gained.

4. 3 Musketeers – The “healthier” option with 30% less fat. A light and fluffy candy bar that is even better when frozen. Hmmm…

5. 100 Grand – I didn’t discover this candy bar until college. Whoa! What was I missing?!? Chocolate. Caramel. Crispy rice. Heaven.

6. Dove bar – I always feel a little luxurious when I eat a Dove bar. Like I should be eating it at a spa, not my pjs right before bedtime.

7. Crunch – I think Crunch bars are the forgotten candy bars. But when I scored a good deal on Crunch bars for Halloween candy, I renewed my love for this chocolatey-crunchy bar.

8. Milky Way – A bar of many choices. Milk chocolate. Dark chocolate. Caramel. Much like a 3 Musketeers, these bars make great frozen treats.

9. Caramello – Yummy chocolate caramel goodness. Not to mention it’s made by Cadbury, the makers of the Easter goodness known as Creme Eggs.

10. York Peppermint Pattie – While not a “bar”, I think the York deserves to stand in the candy bar category. A refreshing, delicious treat that makes this girl happy pretty much any time.

What are your favorite candy bars? Which ones do you think I should have added to my list?

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I spent the month of October taking a break from sugar. I wanted to explore what effects sugar was having on my frequent headaches. I realized these two things:

1. Sugar DOES increase the frequency my headaches.

2. My headaches are linked to hormonal changes.

When I first started my experiment, I had no headaches for two weeks. Then as my cycle shifted, I got some intense headaches for two days. After that I was back to normal. Once I started eating sugar again {which was the last week of October} my headaches came back. This unfortunately coincided  with another hormonal shift, so I can’t fully blame sugar for the headaches. However, I can say that the duration and frequency were higher while I was consuming sugar than when I wasn’t.

Where will I go from here?

I’m not sure yet. I’m back on sugar for now. But I don’t want to be – I’d like to substitute with agave and honey. I’m looking into raw sugars and whether I might have more luck with it since it’s not processed as heavily {any thought on that??}. I’m slowly stocking my agave supply for cheap, thanks to Rachel. I think if I can get a good handle on not having sugar in the house/having a good supply of substitutes than I will make the switch full time.

What are your suggestions??

I made these cookies Monday for Jonathan’s coworkers. They never got delivered, so I’ve taken on the arduous task of disposing of them before they go bad {in others words, I’m eating them all}. And it would be a shame to not pass along this amazing recipe to all of you.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.

Absolutely delicious. Every time I open the container a wave of pumpkin fills the air and it’s a-maz-ing. I do highly recommend eating them with a glass of milk, because they are super rich!

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For all of you waiting on pins and needles for more information on my headaches, I’ve got something for you! I’ve been off sugar for 15 days now. Don’t feel too bad for me, since I’ve started experimenting more with agave and honey to make cakes and muffins. They taste pretty much the same and my sweet tooth is satisfied.

Now, for the headaches themselves, I’ve noticed a sure pattern. For the first two days of my sugar fast my head was pounding. This also happened to be a time when my monthly cycle was having a shift. I did great day 3-13 but then yesterday out of nowhere my head started pounding. Up to this point I had had the beginnings of headaches, but nothing actually happened. So yesterday I was thrown off guard that my headache went from nothing to full blown in such a short time. It lasted half the day and I went to bed early because I was starting to feel sick to my stomach. I did a little tracking and realized my cycle is shifting again.

Now, this is what I’ve concluded:

1. Without sugar my headaches have been far more infrequent – making me think that going totally sugar free might not be the worst idea ever.

2. My headaches are effected a lot by hormones. Which I can’t really control. Bummer of a deal. I’m starting to research/explore that whole field.

My guess is this experiment is going to last through November – with me adding back in some sugar to test out my theory. I did go back on the coffee kick, because, well, coffee is my BFF, my cheerleader in a cup. We all knew I couldn’t part with it for too long.

 

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Last Monday started my no coffee diet and this past Friday started my no sugar diet. I’ve been without coffee or sugar for four days and I’m starting to ask myself “What have I done?!?

My energy level was pretty high all week until Friday. By Friday afternoon I was exhausted. And exhausted pretty much describes my weekend. I don’t know if it was cutting out my afternoon sugary pick-me-up but I took a nap Friday and Sunday morning. Originally my no coffee diet allowed me to have one cup of coffee on Sunday mornings {during house church}, but this Sunday Hannah was sick so I stayed at home. By the afternoon Jonathan said I really needed coffee because I was running on nothing and it showed. I had 16oz mug and felt a ton better.

As for the headaches, they came around Friday and Saturday afternoon. Friday was more intense then Saturday, lasting for a couple of hours and forcing me to lay down for a little while. It had residual effects the rest of the day, but lost its intensity by the evening. Saturday was more of a dull ache and was easy to push through. I’m praying that perhaps they were both sugar withdraw headaches and that as the week goes on I will see them less and less. After all that is my goal.

Finally, Jonathan and I agreed to wait this week without coffee, but to perhaps start drinking it again come next week. If my energy level stays this low, I need something to help me get through the day. I’m juggling with whether to have decaf, half caf or regular. I might start off slow {half caf}, having a cup every other day and go from there. Although, my theory has always been: Go big or go home. So perhaps going back to regular coffee the best option.

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