As far as I know, he's had one cheat, and it was a bowl of Cheerios with milk. I've had more, but I had major PMS and couldn't deal with it. I had oatmeal for breakfast - WITH FRUIT! I know... off the rails, right?
The most difficult part has been trying to limit our intake of artificial sweeteners. For the most part we've done really well, but every night we have had a treat. It's a recipe that I adapted from a South Beach message board and it has truly been a LIFESAVER for us! There is no way we could have lasted this long without having our sweet fix!
First of all, it's amazingly easy to make. It takes just a few minutes and a few ingredients, AND it's delicious!
Spray your individual dish with nonstick cooking spray. You can use a ramekin, a large mug, or a microwavable bowl. This is one of my lovely pieces of vintage Pyrex and it works perfectly!
Add one large egg and a packet of artificial sweetener. Whip it up with a fork until well blended. I like truvia or the stevia packets from Trader Joe's. If you're not cutting out sugar completely, you could use regular sugar here and still have a low-cal treat.
Add 1/2 tsp baking powder and whatever seasoning you'd like. I'll list some variations that we've tried below, but this one has nutmeg and a little sugar free caramel syrup.
Add 2 tsp nonfat plain yogurt and stir.
Once it's thoroughly mixed, you are set to go! Pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds and VOILÀ!
Make sure it's firm, like here. If there are any runny parts, pop it back into the microwave for 20 seconds or until it's done completely.
WARNING: The bowl will be VERY hot! Let things cool down a bit (if you can) or at least put it on a plate so you don't burn yourself! Add a little FF Cool Whip or sugar free ice cream and you're all set!
Because I'm SUPER nice, I made a chocolate version so that I could show you pics of that one, too. ;)
Here's the basic recipe and a few suggestions for add-ins, but this is a VERY forgiving recipe, so be creative! Once carbs are clear (or if you cheat like me) you can toss in some oatmeal and blueberries for breakfast.
You can also make a savory version with spices and cheese to have with soup. (think chives and cheddar with chili - or garlic and parmesan)
Like I said, this has been a lifesaver for us. I know that artificial sweeteners are bad, believe me, but I figured that it would be better for us to rely on them for a short time than to keep eating so much sugar. And the bonus? We've both lost weight!