I made it! My goal was to go sugar free for 4 weeks, and I made it!
I can’t say that I completely 100% abstained from sugar, but I did a damn good job. I am proud of myself and I am looking forward to continuing these eating habits in the future. This past week was my son’s birthday, so I enjoyed a small piece of birthday cake. (And I’ll admit that I snuck a lick or two of the batter while I was making it). I was happy with myself that after eating only 1 small piece of cake, I was truly satisfied! In the past, I would have taken a much larger piece, with extra icing and ice cream on top, and then wanted more. THIS was my goal. I want to be able to enjoy a treat periodically without feeling like I want MORE.
We also ordered pizza over the weekend, and I made a salad to accompany it. I enjoyed 1 slice of pizza along with my salad, as opposed to the usual 2-3 slices that I would have eaten in the past. After that meal, I found that I was full, but not stuffed. On past pizza nights, it was very common for me to be so overly full, that I was miserable and sluggish. Having 1 slice of pizza let me enjoy the meal with my family and not feel deprived, but I also did not feel heavy and bloated like I would have if I had eaten more.
Overall, I am very happy with the past 4 weeks. Planning and prepping are definitely a must to help me succeed, so I am going to keep that in mind for the future. I have made up snack bags with pre-portioned mixed nuts so I can grab a snack on the go. I have lost a total of 6 or 7 pounds, and I didn’t count calories at all. My stomach is so much less bloated and I just feel much lighter and energetic. I’ve also noticed that my face seems to be a little more clear. I have had acne since I was a teenager, and I keep thinking any day now I’ll grow out of it…but it never seems to go away. It’s probably too early to tell if my face is clearing up due to my change in diet, but I am hopeful! I am very motivated to continue watching my sugar intake and trying to find ways to avoid consuming things with hidden sugars. I still have to remind myself that I don’t need that random cracker sitting on the counter or the last little bit of my son’s lunch left on his tray. After being a human garbage disposal for several years, it’s a hard habit to break!
I have continued to research sugar and it’s amazing how many different names it has. Did you know that it is recommended for women to have less then 20 grams of sugar a day. That’s less then 5 teaspoons. Do you know how much sugar is in a 12 ounce can of Coke? Over 9 teaspoons! Manufacturer’s are very sneaky and have so many different terms to help disguise it so unless you do your research and really read ingredient labels, chances are that you are consuming more sugar then you realize. I found this information helpful when trying to learn all of the names for sugar: 67 Sneaky Names for Sugar. I also found this article on 12 Tips for Quitting Sugar and found it to be a good starting point if you want to join me in eating less sugar. If your up for the sugar detox challenge, I recommend planning, prepping, and just going for it! I had been making excuses for years, and now looking back, it wasn’t that hard and I am extremely pleased with how this past month has gone. I am looking forward to being in control and no longer feeling like sugar has me by the reins!
What I ate for dinner this week:
Cobb Salad from Jason’s Deli
Grilled garlic shrimp skewers and Brussels sprouts
Egg salad lettuce wraps
Sausage spaghetti with zucchini noodles
Pork carnitas with guacamole
What I snacked on:
Hard boiled eggs
Red peppers and hummus
Almond butter on celery sticks
Drinking La Croix and tea
For Breakfast I’ve been eating:
Eggs with avocado slices
Eggs with sautéed onions and peppers
Smoothie with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, PB2 (which does have a small amount of sugar (2g) per serving, 1/2 of an avodaco, and Nutiva plant protein powder