Hi guys, yes, you read that title right. So, I’m setting myself a little challenge. I haven’t figured out my August schedule yet. I’m not sure when you’ll be seeing this, but today is July 31st and for the month of August, I’m quitting sugar.
I’ve been thinking about this for a little while and I figured now is as good a time as any. Today should be the last day of my period, and I have a 5-week cycle (usually), so this theoretically will end just in time for me to have ALL the sugar next time mother nature shows up. See, good timing.
What does quitting sugar mean?
Obviously, sugar is in just about everything. The term quitting sugar means added sugar or artificial sugars. Things like fruit sugars are totally fine, added sugars and syrups aren’t allowed. Fresh juice and smoothies are still on the menu, baked goods are off limits.
Why am I doing this?
Some of you are probably thinking this is a kind of diet, and I guess cutting something out of your diet for a month kind of is a diet of sorts, but that’s not my aim here. I want to see the impact this has on my body. I’m not expecting weight to start falling off. When I say the impact is has on my body, I mean more in a mental way. I want to see if I get any crazy cravings or whether I feel healthier without it. From what I’ve seen some people get really foggy when they quit sugar. I don’t think I eat enough processed sugar in my daily life to get symptoms like that, but that’s the kind of thing I’m looking out for.
What am I expecting to happen?
The first thing I think is going to happen is a lot more salt cravings. You know when things are fat free, they tend to add more sugar to make it taste good still? I’m expecting my cravings to work a little bit like that. Less chocolate, more Pringles. As I like to live a reasonably healthy lifestyle, stuffing my face with tube after tube of Pringles is not exactly on my agenda. I’m not sure how that one is going to go. If I do get sugar cravings, I’m hoping things like Nakd bars will help me get over my cravings. I know I haven’t mentioned them in a while, but I’m still obsessed with the Blueberry Muffin flavour.
One thing I’m really curious about is whether I’m going to want the sugar at the end or whether my body will be over it. I’m not sure how long that takes. If anyone knows more about this, I’d love to know.
First of all, I’m attending a wedding in about three weeks. That day is an exception. I’m switching to Alpro no added sugar yoghurt, but I will continue to have regular (sweetened) almond milk. I’ve tried unsweetened almond milk and it tastes like dishwater. If you can drink that, you’re a better person than I am, and as I’m not adding sugar to anything, I need all the help I can get. Wedding and milk, I think that’s it for exceptions. I’m trying to be as strict with this as possible without hating my life for a month.
What this means for my blog
Obviously, recipes will almost certainly be savoury for the next month unless I find a way to get creative with fruit. I might do an update half way if I’m noticing anything different, but if not, I’ll be sticking with a conclusion post to let you know how I got on. And whether I cracked half way and found myself half way through a bag of Skittles…
Have you ever tried to do something like this before? How did you get on? Wish me luck!
Until next time,
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