It was definitely one memorable November, and since it is the beginning of a new month, my goal has been to eat healthy for the holidays! (You may be going, yeah right, Caitlin, you do remember you LOVE ice cream, which is 100% true)
For those of you that have been around for a while, you may remember my slight obsession with ice cream, donuts, and basically anything with sugary goodness in it. While I do try to eat healthy, I really do love indulging on sweets. However, the month of October was kind of a roller coaster for me. I was sleep-deprived, tired, had weird mood swings, and weird acid reflux at night. (Sorry for the TMI) I also was having problems sleeping, and just felt like I had gained more unnecessary weight. I wasn’t really sure what was going on, but I did notice I was becoming dependent on sugar, especially when I would hit a low point in my tiredness in the middle of the day teaching, and then look to sugar to help.
Not the best idea in the world, if I may say so. Because you can guess the inevitable-the sugar crash. Not quite worth eating all that sugar for!
So I realized that after Halloween I would try to cut it out of my diet as much as possible. (Because a girl still needs some peanut butter cups on Halloween.) This had been one of the items I’d been wanting to achieve on my 101 in 1001 list for quite some time, and what better time to do it?
So I did. For the the month of November, I stopped eating processed sugar, including cake, donuts, and ice cream. I did this all the way up until Thanksgiving Day, since no Turkey-Day meal is complete without a dosage of blueberry pie!
It was definitely a challenge at first, because I’m Mrs. Vanilla Bean when it comes to sweets, and there are some days you just need a cinnamon roll in your life.
I allowed myself a small lump of sugar in my tea in the mornings, as that helps to take the bitterness off of Earl Grey, but otherwise I tried to stay away from the sweets and snacky-sweets as much as I could. This included Ice Cream, sugary Starbucks drinks, donuts, chocolate, and candy, just to name a few.
Besides being frustrated with the lack of sweets, I couldn’t believe the results.
Here’s what happened after three weeks with no processed sugar.
1 // My sleep schedule had sufficiently improved.
I was able to fall asleep quicker with a much more deeper sleep each night. I also was able to wake up easily, without pressing snooze as many times.
2 // I craved natural sugars.
This was probably one of the best parts was craving the foods my body wanted. Hello to the fruits and veggies at lunch instead of the cookies in the teacher’s lounge. I felt better for eating so many natural foods.
3 // I felt healthier and had more energy throughout the day.
Because I wasn’t eating processed sugar, I wanted to drink more water and eat more balanced meals. This really helped me in my overall disposition. I wasn’t having as many mood swings, I had more energy throughout the day, I was ready to workout after school instead of feeling bloated and gross after a day of sweets, and my mood was more constant. Who’d a thought sugar would throw your mood off so much??
So what’s happening going forward?
Well for starters, it is the Christmas season, and with it comes the variety of delectable sweets. I’m not going to make myself not eat any sweets, but rather eat them sparingly. I’m still staying away from any unneccessary sugar, and gravitating towards balanced meals, fruits, veggies, and a healthy dose of water.
Whether or not you’ve tried this sugar elimination before, I’d highly recommend it. It has made such a big difference and brought so much awareness to what I eat!
And besides, we always need more energy to find time to explore outside! Have you ever tried eliminating sugar before?
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