Sunday, March 31, 2013

Monthly Goal: my battle with sugar week 4

At the start of my sugar challenge I would tell myself that when this was all over I was going to devour exorbitant amounts of some amazing desserts, but now that it's my last day, plans have changed. 

homemade coleslaw

I started the challenge completely addicted to sugar, to the point where even if I had a sweet breakfast, I craved a quick dose of sugar. It took me two weeks of the challenge to get my cravings under control, and even now I still am not where I want to be. I had hoped by this time to be fully freed from my sugar addiction, but I'm just not there yet. While much improved, I still give in to my cravings more than I would like to admit. 

Now that my goal is over I won't be as strict with what I eat and interrogate people about the sugar content of items. I will, however, continue to look for low sugar options and avoid foods loaded with added sugars. Never again will I pay to overdose on sugar at coffee shops, especially if I can make something healthier at home. I also won't let myself snack on sweets throughout the day or rationalize eating dessert after lunch and dinner. 

This whole experience was eye opening. I started finding sugar hidden in foods that I had thought were healthy and natural. More than anything I learned to ditch the packaged goods, say no to extra sweets, and eat whole, natural fruits and vegetables. While counting every gram of sugar was frustrating and at times stressful, I'm glad I did it and I'm not going to let it all go to waste. 

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