(so sad I’m not local and couldn’t join these pretty ladies for this shoot!)
I’m partnering with three of my fave bloggers this month (Jess from Happily Hughes, Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels and Heather from My Life Well Loved) for a 30-day sugar challenge so I can learn to reduce added sugar intake in my diet.
I’ve always wanted to do this but never had the motivation. I was on such a restricted diet during Lincoln’s first year of life, that bingeing on my “allergy-free” cookies was one of the only comforting things for me (by the way, those cookies taste repulsive to me now, but at the time, I could eat an entire box in one sitting). Before I had to cut soy out of my diet too, I was eating an entire row of Oreos in one sitting and sometimes more later in the day. It’s embarrassing to admit that, but it’s the truth. Any type of cookie or candy just left me feeling out of control because I couldn’t just have a few pieces…many times I would eat them until I almost felt sick.
Sugar has always been my kryptonite, even from a young age I had a really intense sweet tooth and always felt the need to have something sweet after every meal. Some studies show that sugar may be as addictive as drugs.
Now that I’m exercising regularly, I’m motivated to make small changes to better my health and improve the results of all of the hard work I put in at the gym. Other than my massive sugar intake, my diet has always been quite healthy…so I’m eager to get this under control with a 30-day challenge.
Reducing my added sugar intake is a big goal to strive towards. I’m worried I’ll fail…that the cravings will be too strong. But I’m going to try my best to learn moderation and find alternative sources for my cravings (like fruit).
Every blogger has their own personal parameters for this challenge. Because this is the first time I’m attempting this, I know it’s going to be rough to wean from all of the sugar I consume (well over the daily recommendations). So, my parameters are the following:
avoid all added sugars (in things like coffee creamer, processed foods, etc)
avoid candy, ice cream and baked goods
try to eat high protein and lots of veggies
eat fruit if I have a sugar craving
Will you join me on this journey? I hope we can do this together as a community so that we can encourage and support one another. Lord knows I’ll need it when I’m detoxing from the sugar.
I’ve already completed day one and it’s hard not to fall back into my old habits, but I’ve suceeded so far— when I had a sugar craving today after lunch, I waited until I was hungry again and had an apple and some herbal tea.
In celebration of our sugar challenge, Kortni Jeane is hosting a giveaway! They have the cutest mix-and-match swimwear. My fave is this sweetheart peplum top! Of course my main goal is health and wellness as well as having more control over my nutrition habits, but it doesn’t hurt that eating less sugar (along with a balanced diet + exercise) will help me look my best in a bathing suit this summer!
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