Ever worry about what others will think if you take up that hobby you've been thinking about for a long time? Worried what your family will think when you come home with a new look or a new life philosophy? Afraid your friends will judge you for making a big life change?
Forget about them. Just be you!
Too often we miss out on becoming who we really want to be for fear of others not liking the decisions we make. But guess what? If people are going to judge you or make fun of you, you don't want them in your life anyway! Happiness is something that comes from within and we cannot expect others to provide it for us. So find the things that make you happy, and do them. The right people will gravitate towards you and your bliss will be more than you thought possible.
Don't be afraid to be different. Different is not a bad thing. In fact, most people want to try something different, but the fear of the unknown holds them back. When I decided to go vegan, friends and family thought it was weird, criticized it, and thought it was just a phase. Now that I've been at it for a while, everyone accepts me as I am, is extremely accommodating, and seeks me out for advice on how to eat healthier. So set the example and see how those close to you learn and grow in the process.
So that thing that you've been thinking about but not acting on, try it. Do it. Plunge in head first and explore a new community of people and be patient with those around you who may take some time to adjust. I promise that if you do what makes you happy, even if there are some growing pains at first, your relationships with others and the world as a whole will be more fulfilling and satisfying. Do what makes you happy, and you'll actually BE happy!
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!
Have you heard the age old philosophy that it doesn't matter what you eat as long as you consume less calories than you burn if you want to lose weight? Most of us have heard this before, and there is certainly some truth to it, but not all calories are created equal.
The quality of the food you eat can have a huge impact on your success at weight loss and increasing your fitness level. Why? Because what your body is really looking for when you eat is nutrients. Ever wonder how it is that you can eat a huge helping of ice cream, cake, cookies, pizza, fast food, or any other junk food and still be hungry again in an hour? Ever eat a cinnabon? You can easily consume all of the calories your body needs for a day in one sitting and you'll still be hungry later because your body hasn't gotten the nutrients it needs to be content and healthy. If you're nutrient-deficient, your body will ask for more food (any kind of food), hence why we crave foods and always have room for dessert.
Want to be able to eat MORE and still lose weight? Give your body the good stuff! Eating nutrient dense foods like fresh fruits and vegetables gives your body what it's craving. It will have an easier time digesting and processing the food, and with all those nutrients in there for it to soak up, there will be less extra stuff for it to store as fat. Not to mention giving your body all of the fuel it needs to workout hard and the vitamins and minerals it needs to be healthy and strong and ward off illness. One more great side effect of eating healthy food? You'll actually feel full sooner and not need to eat as much. Check out this chart and see how much more food you get for the calories, so it's easy to see how you can feel fuller with the good stuff. For some people increasing the amount of healthy foods means the amount of calories you consume daily will automatically drop and help with weight loss in that way.
So cook up some veggies, have a nice piece of fresh fruit, or try a nutrient dense meal replacement shake (I love my Shakeology!) and see how you feel. It will be tough to kick the sugar and fat habit of junk food, but your body will thank you for it. Do you know just how good you can feel? Eat quality calories, not just less calories, and you'll find out!
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