Hello Day 8 of sugar-free living. Let me start this post with a confession… on Day 5 (Saturday) I cheated. One of my college roommates was in town and I haven’t seen her since September, so we walked around beautiful Colonial Williamsburg and ate lots of delicious food. Said food included a “no sugar added” soy mocha coffee smoothie, which I would wager does, in fact, have some sugar in it, but I have yet to confirm that, a small piece of chocolate covered peanut brittle, a glass of hard cider (from my reading it is debatable whether or not there is a true sugar content to beer-type beverages which use it in its making but the sugar then ferments), a fried eggplant sandwich (if nothing else there was probably sugar in the goat cheese spread and it was breaded and we’ve already discussed how flour is really sugar), and… frozen yogurt. I did opt for the no sugar added NY cheesecake frozen yogurt, and topped it mostly with strawberries, but there were some sprinkles involved and a few samples of other sugary flavors.
Here’s what I learned… now that I’m very aware of sugar, even when I eat it, I definitely do my best to keep it to a minimum (for example, choosing no sugar added options instead of just getting the tastiest flavor). The sugar didn’t drive me crazy or anything, but boy did my stomach have something to say about the offending food. Nothing too terrible, and part of it may have been from the dairy (usually I eat vegan), but there was some grumbling and a few trips to the bathroom. Oh, and my belly looked like a balloon it was so swollen… yuck!
Unexpected side effect? Sunday I suffered from terrible sugar cravings! Ask anyone I work with… all I wanted was a sugary vanilla latte in the morning and then all day I whined about how badly I wanted a soda. Thankfully I had enough support from my co-workers, reminding me that I shouldn’t give in and that I’ll be happier if I just stick it out. Never did I expect to have the next day be so torturous. Really, I kind of expected to just wake up and go back to no sugar without a problem, thinking all of the damage was done on Saturday. Sugar is really an interesting and challenging beast that I’m afraid many of us (very much including myself) don’t really fully understand.
I’m so happy that I resisted the temptations on Sunday and made it to Monday sugar-free. Monday was easy and today is going smoothly as well. Bananas continue to be my best friend as the natural sugar definitely fulfills my want for something sweet without triggering any sort of “must have it” feelings towards sweets. And my Chocolate Vegan Shakeology blended with unsweetened almond milk and a frozen banana in the mornings keeps me so satisfied (it’s seriously just like drinking a milkshake) that I don’t feel like I’m missing out on life or being deprived.
Looking ahead, I’m in the process of researching all of the sugar/sweetener options out there to see if there is truly a good solution to my desire to stay off the sugar habit and my love of baking and cakes. I’ll report back on that soon.
Have a naturally sweet day!
Today is the last day of my Shakeology cleanse and it is amazing the difference. Truthfully, I'm usually very skeptical of cleanses and detox programs, especially as someone with a pretty healthy, natural foods diet to begin with. Once I juiced for two days (with a real juicer and fresh organic fruits and veggies). I had to pee a lot and felt good, but certainly didn't drop any weight. Not this time, Shakeology is legit.
Start to finish I lost 3 pounds, which at 5' 6" and starting at 138 pounds is a pretty big accomplishment. No more bloated looking belly to the point that I can actually really see my abdominals when I contract them. I've had a strong core for years, but my stomach is by far my biggest trouble spot and the very last place I lose fat. Needless to say I'm thrilled with my results and will be repeating this cleanse every 4-5 months (sooner if I find myself spending too much time giving into my sweet tooth).
Don't worry, I'm not going to leave it at that. Now for the drawbacks of the whole experience. Sometimes I was definitely hungry and had to cheat a couple of times with a handful of almonds or an extra piece of fruit and I did the whole thing making my shakes out of unsweetened almond milk as opposed to water as it is typically suggested. My argument for why these cheats were not bad or overboard is that I completed Insanity: Asylum workouts on two of the three days which are extremely intense workouts that burn a lot of calories and by handful of almonds I mean maybe 8 almonds once or twice in a day. I was a little tired and lightheaded too, but that's pretty standard with any detox, especially for me who seems to have a pretty sensitive head. But neither of those symptoms were enough to really disrupt my life.
Overall, I loved it. I feel good, I feel light, and I don't feel like I've missed out on anything over the last few days.
Tips for anyone who wants to try the cleanse:
1. Drink lots of water, something I did not do enough of
2. Make sure you can really commit 3 days to it without being tempted by going out to eat with people or going out for drinks or something. I felt good on days 1 and 2, but it wasn't until day 3 that I really saw that my body had changed
3. Prep beforehand. Buy all the things you'll need, keep your blender or blender bottle clean, and cut up your salad ingredients beforehand and separate into bags so they are ready to go (just hold off on the protein and salad dressing). Being prepared like this means there won't be that easy temptation of "I don't have time to make that right now, so I'll just have this pre-made (read unhealthy processed crap) instead". Trust me on that, I am the queen of excuses.
I hope you give it a try! You can find more details about the cleanse on my site, so take a look!
I'm Amanda K; lover of fitness, sweets, veggies, adventure, travel, and happiness.