With the end of the year looming, I decided to try something I have tried before but never succeeded at. For the month of November, I have decided to cut added sugar completely out of my diet. This means no sugar in my coffee in the morning, no chocolate, no sfogliatelle (my favourite italian pastry) and definitely no juices or soft drinks. Basically, I will be living on good meat and fresh fruits and vegetables for a month.
Why am I doing something this drastic? Well because I know that I have a problem with sweet stuff, anything with sugar actually. It is not unusual for me to plan to have a small piece of chocolate only to finish the entire slab which is becoming an issue for me. I want to have control over what I eat and when you are addicted to sugar, control seems to go out the door. There have been some cases where I have been able to control my cravings but most of the time, I am on a sugar high only to come crashing down feeling worse than I did before. I also have this weird thing where if I eat any unhealthy food during the day, I don’t feel like I should have anything healthy. Anyone else feel that way or is it just me?
I decided that now is the time to do this challenge simply because I want to have healthier eating habits overall. There have been days in the past where I have eaten healthy for a few consecutive days and let me tell you how amazing that felt! I had boundless energy which means I not only had energy to workout on those days, I also was extremely productive! The problem is that we become so used to having bad habits that no matter how good those days were, I always went back to my bad eating habits. I want to get into the habit of choosing healthy food over unhealthy food.
So why the entire month? Well they say it takes 21 days to form a habit, but I really want to dedicate a longer time to form this habit. Eating healthier is one of my main goals for the next two months because I really don’t want to have that many bad habits follow me into 2020. I am also doing this alone (my husband is not joining in with me because he doesn’t have a sugar addiction but he has been surprisingly supportive when it comes to keeping me on track with other things that I am working on) I feel as though it is important for me to work on implementing good habits into my own life because habits that are good for me aren’t always in line with what other people are trying to accomplish in their own lives.
Why am I telling you all this? Well because one of the reasons why I started this blog was as a means of accountability. So I want to ask each and every one of you to hold me accountable but also to remember that I am human.
Are you planning to do a challenge similar to this? I would love to hear about it!
-The Uninspired Blogger