And in spite of this very sweet visit to the chocolate factory in Corowa..I still remained sugar free!
Chocolate really isn't a weakness for me. Luckily enough! Lollies have always been my downfall - but I have kicked that habit already!
So- I successfully completed the two week challenge. No cheats or slip ups..I tink I ate a wholemeal muffin before meeting for a run and after I realised it had sugar in it..And I licked the kids yoghurt off the spoon in the first week - but I'll forgive myself those..
What I have learned about processed sugar, me and my body:
I can survive without it.
In the past I believed I could have sugar and not have it affect my weight or life.
I now know that processed sugars was my drug of choice.
I was giving myself bursts of energy with sugar. These never lasted.
I was rewarding myself with sugar.
I was rewarding my children with sugar.
I was rewarding my husband with sugar.
I can have coffee without sugar - and it's better!
Eating sugar at night kept my muffin top in place.
Fruit is divine - and sweet enough.
Apple concentrate is a perfect sugar substitute.
Reading food labels does not mean I have an eating disorder ( as some people claim)
Reading food labels is not obsessive behaviour - well not a BAD one!
Sugar Is in just about EVERYTHING.
Reading food labels is annoying and time consuming.
Without processed sugar I sleep better.
Without processed sugar I exercise better.
Without processed sugar I AM thinner.
Without processed sugar my skin is clearer.
I love natural greek yoghurt.
I love nuts.
Maple syrup and honey I will reintroduce..A bit..
I love frozen raspberries.
You can get jam with no added cane sugar - cool.
I can get the kids through an entire day free of processed sugar and they don't even realise it.
Some people are understanding and supportive.
Some others think I am utterly mad and wonder why I felt the need to do this.
Bread is loaded with sugar.
If a label says low-fat - then it's high in sugar.
I had to scrounge to the back of my cupboard to find the sugar to make my friend a cup of coffee!
I like soda water.
I hate soft drink.
Muffins without sugar are a hit here..
Pancakes without sugar are a hit here too..
Smoothies full of fruit are a hit here too..
I'm not going back..I'm not going HARDCORE - but I'm changed for the better.
A big thank you to Dani at Fitness, Food and Style for alway sharing her meal plans and advice - it all helped keep me on track. And for doing the challenge - it was awesome..
Please let me know if you are interested in this at all and I will happily share some of the food I ate over the two weeks.. It really wasn't as hard as I though it may have been..