I’ve mentioned once or twice or maybe a million times that I have a sugar problem. And it’s not a little problem. I’m not saying it to be cute or attempting to be relatable in a You Did Not Eat That-worthy way. I mean it in a closet binging, shoving handfuls of chocolate chips in my face when no one is looking sort of way. It’s a problem.
If you follow along on Facebook, you know that I took a little break a couple of weeks ago because I was swamped in freelance work. Majorly stressed that I wouldn’t meet my deadlines, I turned to my BFF: sugar. Only it’s not really my BFF. It more like my frenemy (is anyone else’s kid in love with that terrible movie?). It makes me feel all wonderful and then, when I’m not looking, it tears me down while simultaneously making me need more of the same punishment.
After a particularly ugly binging incident, I decided that enough is enough. I absolutely, one hundred percent have an addiction to sugar and it needs to be broken. So I decided to do a month-long sugar cleanse to try and break my ugly habit.
Now, I’m not doing anything particularly official. I just have decided that I’m avoiding processed sugars and I’m not allowing myself honey in my tea (because I know that I will go overboard). What does this mean? Well, no coffee because I can’t drink it black. No dark chocolate squares at night. No finishing off the remainder of the girls’ ice pops before tossing them into the garbage. And no out-of-control binges.
I’m not planning to stay off of sugar forever. I’m just hoping to break bad habits and get out of the gross cycle I’ve found myself in. When the month is over, I fully intend to go back to my nightly squares of dark chocolate and to allow myself a treat day once a week. But first I need to get to the point where self control is even possible.
One of the things that has been helpful to me is my infused water. I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I got a water infuser pitcher for Mother’s Day. Well, I’m full-on obsessed with it. Not only has it led to me drinking more every day (which I was never very good at), but the fruit helps to take the edge off my sugar cravings.
The combinations you can make are pretty much limitless, but I thought I’d share a couple of my favorites. I’ve been throwing half a lemon into just about every batch I make, but you don’t have to.
Now, I throw these ingredients into my water infuser pitcher (there are a ton of varieties available) for at least three hours before drinking, but if you don’t want to go out and buy one you could always just put some fruit in the bottom of a jar and get a similar result.
Here are some of the combinations I’ve tried and loved:
- watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber
- lemon, blueberry
- watermelon, mint
- lemon, cucumber
- strawberry, lemon, lime
- mixed berries
- pineapple, strawberry
One thing I’ve learned since I’ve started doing this is that most combos aren’t exactly pretty. Berries turn the water pretty colors, but most combinations result in some fruit bits floating around. While they still taste delicious, you might have people squinting at your glass or straight up asking if it’s full of backwash like my always-blunt sister did. That said, they’re delicious and this is one instance where I’m totally cool with the lack of pretty.
Have you made infused water before? If you did, let me know your favorite combo in the comments!