The Cravings are REAL.
Guys..I decided for all of April I am going sugar free (I'll explain exactly what that means shortly). I'm doing this because
A) My body needs it, it has been a long winter where the indulgence was real.
B) I want my clients, friends, family and all others to know that it IS possible and anyone can do it at any stage of your life.
C) I love a good challenge.
Sugar on my mind.
Firstly I will state that I understand at the end of the day our body needs SOME sugar aka glucose to run and function. Our brain cells almost solely function on glucose and they are actually unable to properly store glucose so they need a constant supply. The average brain uses around 120 grams of glucose daily, but this is not to be confused with carbohydrates.
I am not telling you to go consume Kit Kats daily to feed your brain, we are talking about your fruits, root vegetables, legumes & grains.
What to avoid.
Sweeteners (Aspartame, Splenda)
Granulated White Sugar
Candy/Milk Chocolate/White Chocolate
High Fructose Corn Syrup
and the list could go on & on. The reason I put a star beside both Honey and Brown sugar is that personally, I believe in moderation, raw honey can be medicinal and beneficial for certain individuals and brown sugar is a somewhat better alternative to white sugar when it comes to baking.
Though here are some amazing sugar alternatives to try in your next baking session:
So I am currently on day 9 of no sugar, April 9th 2019. Today, I feel good.
Let's break it down day by day and quickly so you don't get too bored.
Day 1-3: CRAVINGS, CRAVINGS, CRAVINGS. I had headaches, my mind was telling me that I "needed" things such as chocolate, ice cream, SODA.. NEVER, have I ever wanted a soda previously but now that I had cut all sources my body was telling me all sorts of lies. It started demanding caffeine like I never had before, clearly my body was trying to find a substitute in sugars place and I was trying to not cave. Food addiction is real. Also, I should tell you that my workplace has a constant supply of junk food lying around 24/7, don't believe me? Take a look...
This made it EXTREMELY hard for the first 3 days.
Day 4-6: I started to feel okay and like I had regained my power. I was able to look at sweets and tell myself that I did not NEED them. I was also going to the gym during this time and I felt a bit stronger, a bit healthier but I did still get the odd craving, especially after exercise. Obviously, my body was just hungry after the gym but my craving mind went to give me something SWEET & DELICIOUS, when it should be saying I just need fuel, healthy solid fuel (aka greens/proteins/fats).
Day 6-9: I can so no. I feel like saying no is so hard yet so powerful, in any situation. It means that you know your limits and you are confident with whatever your decision is. I am able to look at all the sweets and food at my work place and know that I do not need to eat any of it, it hasn't brought me joy and it doesn't nourish my body.
Well, I hope that was a bit relatable and educational. I will keep you posted and let you know at the end of this month how it all went. Please go and check out my Vlog MC Nutrition on Youtube, I have got lots of videos and one specifically on my no sugar April, details are all below!
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