I wanted to post an update on my sugarfree journey today. It has been 6 weeks since I’ve quit sugar. I’ve been fairly diligent at adhering to the recommended 6 tsp daily limit as recommended by the Heart Association. There are so many wonderful benefits of this lifestyle and it really hasn’t been too difficult of a journey.
Some of the benefits of quitting sugar for me have been:
Without even thinking about it, I have lost 14 pounds.
I feel less bloated and have so much more energy than I did before.
I only experience headaches when I inadvertently eat too much of something that may contain sugar.
I’m really enjoying being able to eat full-fat dairy products and I find they fill me up quickly.
My complexion is so much clearer and I haven’t experienced any acne flare ups for weeks now.
My boys have really taken a keen interest in the benefits of eating less sugar.
I’m rarely hungry and can take a pass on the sweet tray any day of the week.
I spend more time in the kitchen trying out new healthy recipes that I can make for my family.
I’m more conscious than I’ve ever been about every single thing I put in my mouth.
Until LAST NIGHT.
Hear me out…I’ve come so far and wanted to find out how I would feel if I did eat something with sugar. Kinda like an experiment of sorts.
Before I went to bed, I grabbed the box of the limited edition ritz chocolate covered crackers that my hubby just bought and ate 3 chocolate covered crackers. And then, I ate 3 more. I’m not gonna lie, they were delicious…but really, really sweet for my new-found taste buds. So, with my belly full of sugar, I headed for bed and fell fast asleep. Three short hours later I woke up SICK AS A DOG! I felt like someone had run over me with a dump truck backed it up and run over me again. Nausea, cramps, the whole nine yards.
Experiment FAIL…BIG TIME!!!
But, even still, I’m glad I did it and experienced what I did because it’ll be one cold day in Canada before I try that again. Sheesh!! I ate 5 TSPs of sugar right before I went to bed and woke up craving more. That’s called sugar addiction folks.
I guess the whole point of this post is to really just let you know that you CAN give yourself permission to have those cheat times. We’re human. I get that!
And so today I’m back to clean-eating and it feels good to get that cheat out of my system.
What about you? Do you allow yourself a “cheat day” every now and then?