Results may vary

Results may vary

 

Do you ever see those short little click-baity blogs that are like “What I experienced after quitting sugar will surprise you…”

I do… and I click. I always want to know if I’m experiencing what I should be, if my results are typical. If I summed up a year of no sugar into a five minute article, I’m sure it would end up being quite similar to those that I’ve read.

However, what you tend not to read about are the struggles. I mean, when I’m trying to tell someone what it is like to not eat sugar, I definitely don’t go into a tirade about how horrible it is, I’m sure I’d start losing friends fast.

And it’s not always horrible, I mean it’s not always rose-coloured fairies and unicorn rainbow farts either, but it’s good to push our limits and ourselves.

I had a discussion with a friend the other day about why I haven’t been blogging as much as I wanted to this year. Honestly, it’s because some days are really hard. I don’t want to be a nutritionist, blogging about why everyone should give up sugar so they can be healthy just like me – when actually I’ve been feeling like crap. She told me, that when I’m not feeling great is when I should definitely be blogging, so people can relate. This is a real journey and if I’m honest about what I’m going through, more people will, hopefully, feel empowered to push through and make positive changes in their lives. Even though it’s hard it is definitely worth it to live a healthier life.

It’s not easy changing the way you eat, you’re normal for feeling crazy sometimes, you’re normal for falling back on other bad habits, you’re normal for wanting to sneak into a dark alley with a peanut butter cup, orrr is that one just me?

You just have to remember that even if you give in to temptation, you’re normal and you don’t have to give up. Each new meal is an opportunity to do better. I know that sounds super lame and cliché, but whatfoodiesfeed-com_choosing-from-menu1ever, it’s totally true.

Just because you tossed your sad-sack lunch and went out with your co-workers for dirty burgers, doesn’t mean you are a bad person. It also doesn’t mean the day, week, month, year, or lifetime is ruined. You can go home and make yourself a sexy fresh salad at home, or take an extra scoop of veggies at supper. Life goes on and it’s too friggen short to worry about being perfect.

 

I still feel little crazy, okay a lot crazy some days. But other days I feel like I got this. That might not be the sugar, that might just be life. Results may or may not be typical, but they are definitely outside my comfort zone and that is where we grow.

My 100% favourite and the best thing about giving up sugar, is being an inspiration to those around me to give up their bad habits too. I love when my mom tells me she’s been reading labels at the grocery store. I am my sister’s number one cheerleader when she told me she is giving up sugar too. I beam with pride when my hubby tells me he was going to sneak some donuts on his way home from work, but he decided he’d feel better if he didn’t. Probably one of the best ways to help someone you love change their eating habits, is to be an example for them to follow.

Friday Night

Friday Night

Last night I went into the grocery store. A Friday night alone and I didn’t want to cook. It wasn’t too long ago that I would have spent a night like this with Subway, some ice cream and catching up on some indie movies (or watching Mean Girls for 3 millionth time). I wandered through the grocery store without anything in particular in mind – aside from not making any dishes when I got home. Check out the “health section” of the grocery store. Cane sugar, molasses, agave, dextrose, more cane sugar.

After a good amount of aimless wandering. I walked out of the grocery store with a bag of plain potato chips and made myself a “supper” of chips, dates and nuts when I got home. It’s okay, I put it on a wooden charcuterie board so it was fancy AF.

Every once and a while I get my hopes up and think that I can get myself an easy dinner in a box, even though deep down I know I can’t. Sugar is often used as a preservative. Often enough that is it super annoying. It shouldn’t be a surprise that food in a box isn’t really good, but old habits die hard I guess.

Myself, and I think a lot of society, have become accustomed to convenience and heating up a box of “food.” From time to time it’s disappointing I can’t do that anymore. Real food doesn’t come in a box, it’s not always convenient, but it’s always worth the extra effort. #fridaynightvibes

I ate sugar.

No, I wasn’t mowing down on donuts in an uncontrollable sugar-filled binge, but it’s true: I ate sugar. I prefer to think of it as “getting sugared by evil nachos.” My husband and I were having some tacos for supper the other night, he picked up some nachos on his way home. As I was chopping veggies, I broke into the chips and started snacking. They tasted sweet. I should have known something was up, but I thought maybe it was just my imagination. After several more chips, I stopped. These were definitely sweet. I grabbed the bag and read the ingredients. My husband had purchased the Tostitos whole wheat nachos and there it was – sugar. I still get surprised sometimes seeing sugar listed in the ingredients. Almost like I think it’s something companies should be ashamed of. And honestly – why do nachos need to be sweet anyway? My husband felt so bad about it, instead of saving them for himself, he tossed it in the garbage. Yeah, damn the man! Stay out of my nachos sugar!

February marks the 6th month of no sugar. By the end of the month, it will have been a half a year! Yay, go me!

Cheers friends!
Susan

 

Week One (and a bit)

Week one (and a bit).

Day one was awful to be honest. I was so panicked about preparing foods for a long weekend of camping, that I totally blanked on day one and forgot to even pack a lunch. I spent so long at work trying to decide what I could buy that was compliant, that before I knew it, my stomach was growling and getting to that hangry stage that no person should ever get to. I ran out and got a wrap that was not sugar free. Normally I would get completely hung up on a stupid mistake like that,  but I need to take it one meal at a time, or else this will be a verrrry looong year! I’m being completely honest with you because nobody is perfect!  That night my husband and I made up some sugar free meatballs, pasta sauce and spaghetti squash and I moved on.

In order to prepare for camping, I wrote out a list of meals for the weekend and my husband (I should mention that although my husband is being super supportive, he is still eating sugar) and I got to work on pre-making meals so I had no reason to start reaching for hotdogs and marshmallows. After packing up all the food and labelling each container instead of feeling relieved and accomplished, I felt like a complete crazy person! What have I become? is this really weird? do I have that virus from cats that makes people do crazy things? By 10:30 the night before we left, I just had to laugh at myself as I packaged up my kale chips (why is there sugar in so many store-brand chips?!). I think I’ve gone full crunch.

The weekend went well! We definitely had enough food and aside from getting a little sugar sprinkled on me by some friends, they were really supportive and I think I did a pretty good job avoiding it. Full disclosure: I was still having some drinks, but I stuck to gin and water with lemons and limes.

Being prepared is really going a long way. It is a little tedious, but it’s worth it and knowing exactly what we need at the market and grocery store makes it a lot faster to just run in and out.

As far as any detox symptoms, I have been slightly moodier and by slightly I mean very moody. I have also been a little more tired during the day, especially at work. I think being outside in nature during the whole first weekend really helped to get my mind off of things and helped reduce the headache-style sugar withdrawal symptoms. There have been a few times this week where I thought I should delete everyone on my Instagram that was posting pictures of food, and a very close moment when I found some remnants of a Zazubean chocolate bar in with my snacks – but I stayed strong.

This Sunday was tough – normally on Sunday husband and I will eat a massive brunch and not really need to eat again till supper, but this week we ate a smaller breaky and I had no toast with mine. By the time we were out and about checking out the Halls Creek Art Festival, my stomach was growling and I was surrounded by booths selling and giving away candy. I found the Habitual Chocolate booth and tried some of their 100% sugar free chocolate, but it wasn’t enough to fill me up. It took all my will to not pick a fight with my husband who bought himself an amazing looking brownie. We raced home and I whipped myself up a delicious smoothie – crisis averted! I think I’ll have to keep a container of trail mix in my purse from now on.

I haven’t been bloated since starting…err finishing (?) with sugar and that to me is totally worth it. I’m down about 5 pounds already as well, which is great!

These first few weeks I am going easy on myself, but next week I’m going to commit to the 21 Day Sugar Detox which is a little more restrictive in terms of fruits and starchy vegetables. I think it will be helpful to do a complete reset and retrain my palate.

Yours in sugar-freeness,
Susan