Well, hello there! Long time no see!
Please pardon my absence. I’ve been busy growing, and then nurturing, a sweet little bundle of joy. My fourth little bundle of joy. To say it’s been chaos and pure exhaustion around here would be an understatement, and the transition, while an extreme blessing, has been quite an experience, to say the least! But I’ll save that for another post.
In that same vein, I’m currently in the process of restructuring the blog, both in design and future content, so please bare with me!
So along with life changes and new levels of exhaustion, I decided that of course, now would be the perfect time to further complicate things by giving up my most beloved food group – sugar.
That’s right, folks. I quit sugar.
To be fair, I’m doing a 40 day sugar fast with this group, and I’m currently two weeks in and going strong.
I had already semi-decided to cut back my sugar consumption after the holidays, and along with breastfeeding it’s gotten way out of hand. So I started what I like to call my “soft start” on January 1st, and then I saw Wendy’s 40 day sugar fast and thought that would be a perfect way to continue my sugar-free streak with accountability, but more importantly a spiritual aspect.
So what exactly did I give up?
The options with going sugar-free are endless. Do I just not eat desserts and obviously sugary snacks? Do I give up ALL sugar, including fruit? What about carbs? What about white flour products?
It can get overwhelming really quick, and I’ve done all of the above on several different occasions. But I wanted this to be simple, because I’m working on little sleep and brain cells these days. So here’s what I’ve decided.
I’m simply giving up refined sugar.
At least for now. I might tighten things up in a week or two to get more specific about what is and is not included. But for now, I’m not going to agonize over the amount of sugar in natural foods, like fruits, raisins, or dates. I’m going to eat my pita chips, and enjoy every single one. I may use honey in the place of a teriyaki recipe that calls for brown sugar, because that is a much better option, and you can’t have teriyaki without a pinch of sweetness. And I may still use stevia in my coffee.
But I most definitely will avoid all desserts, baked goods, snacks and sugary drinks with added sugar. So far, I’ve been avoiding bread, because most bread has sugar listed in the ingredients. And…sigh…no more Starbucks.
Why I’m going sugar-free.
I’ve decided to go sugar free for multiple reasons.
- The obvious. I still have 15 lbs of baby weight that I’d love to get rid of.
- I’ve been eating terribly since having baby #4. Snacking way too much and eating sugar of some type at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The holidays definitely didn’t help, with our house stocked with chocolate and cookies galore. It needed to stop. It really did.
- I love the concept of giving something to God. Similar to what I tried to do with my Whole30 a couple years back, I really wanted to deny myself and lean in to Him. I wanted to devote myself to prayer for some really important things in my life. I wanted to stop turning to sugar, and instead turn to God.
Let me tell you, I had no idea how often I turn to sugar for comfort, stress relief, anxiety, fear, or basically any other negative emotion, until I decided to give it up. It’s been truly an eye opening experience.
So how long do I plan on torturing myself?
I will follow the group, which runs from January 8th-February 16th. And after that, we shall see. I can’t speak too soon, because I just don’t know how I’ll be feeling by the end of the fast. If I’m ready to commit a serious crime for a piece of chocolate, I’ll probably just end the fast there. But if I’m really feeling good, like I have been so far, then I just may continue. Which leads me to…
I’ve been feeling pretty dang good through out this whole sugar-free nonsense.
I’ve already lost 4 lbs! I don’t know if that’s just a fluke, or I shocked my system so intensely by depriving it of it’s main source of energy that it didn’t know what else to do except shed weight. Either way, I’m happy.
Like I mentioned above, I was shocked to notice how often I turn to sugar. Especially how often I turn to sugar, instead of God. For any and all emotions, especially negative ones, I like to comfort myself with a good sized chunk of chocolate, or whip up a batch of snickerdoodles. But during this fast I haven’t been able to do. So I’ve done a lot of praying, both for strength through these at times intense cravings, and for anything else that might be on my heart at the moment. Because, hey, that’s the point of all this, right?
I will check back in soon with an update of how things are going!
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