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7 Days of No Sugar – What I Learnt

7 Days of No Sugar – What I Learnt

At the beginning of last¬†week I told myself that I would cut out any added sugar to my diet for the next 7 days¬†ūüėÖ‚Äč

I wouldn’t normally do something like this, but I had challenged my Sweat Academy members this month to be more aware of how much added sugar was in their diet, and to minimize it throughout the month.

(And you know that if I ask my clients to do something – i’ll do it too).

If you don’t look at nutrition labels very often, here’s a fun fact –

There is a lot of added sugar in our diet.

In our ‘organic healthy granola.’
In our Vanilla Greek yogurt.
In our Sriracha sauce.
In our ketchup. 

And¬†most¬†definitely¬†in the chocolate that I tend to eat after every single meal¬†ūüćę‚Äč

I decided that I would also cut out any processed food for the week as well – might as well go the whole hog with this challenge and see what happens.

WHAT I LEARNT:

1) Reaching for a packaged snack is as mindless as breathing

I honestly don’t usually have snacks in my pantry at home. This week I had a leftover bag of rice chips, a bar of dark chocolate, and some granola.

But every time I was hungry in between meals, my IMMEDIATE thought was to grab the bag of rice chips to finish them off.

Every time I finished a meal, I wanted to grab a piece of that dark chocolate.

Think about your daily eating habits – are you reaching for food just because it’s there?¬†

Are you filling your  cravings just because you automatically do it, day in and day out?

I would easily have grabbed the rest of the bag and finished them within minutes if I wasn’t on this challenge. Or grabbed a handful of granola and snacked on that, instead of a piece of fruit.

This challenge helped me become more mindful of the snap decisions and choices I make day to day.

2) It’s {really}¬†hard to break habits. But it gets easier¬†ūüôŹūüŹĹ‚Äč

‚ÄčThe reason I do all the workouts and challenges I give to my clients is so I can UNDERSTAND what they are going through.

I believe that a¬†coach that can’t put themselves in their clients shoes is a coach that can’t give empathetic¬†advice.

To be able to coach someone through a craving or a lack of motivation – I need to feel the burn myself.

Initially, every single day really did seem harder than the last. 

I would stare at¬†the half eaten bag of rice chips, debating if I really cared about this challenge that much. Tried to convince myself that a small piece of¬†chocolate wouldn’t do any harm.

However – by the time I went to a party on Thursday night – I felt much more in control.

I easily by-passed the fudge¬†brownies and the Ferrero Rocher‚Äč chocolates.

When everyone left with their own personal pizza, I left empty handed.

It¬†will be hard initially, but it eventually gets¬†easier knowing that you don’t¬†‚Äčnee‚Äč‚Äčd‚Äč these things.

3) Being restrictive can lead to binging

‚ÄčI truly believe there are benefits like Whole 30, and diets that completely¬†eliminate processed food/sugar altogether. Of course there are!

But I also believe the negatives outweigh the positives when you come at it from a completely restrictive perspective.

ūüĎČūüŹĹ‚Ä謆i.e. the¬†entire¬†week I was thinking how much CRAP I would get to¬†eat when Sunday came around…

If you approach any diet with an all or nothing mindset, it’s going to put you back both mentally and physically.

So while I enjoyed doing this challenge because it made me more aware of the patterns that I am in,

I also see the dark side of putting those pressures on yourself.

My suggestion for you:

Cut out processed sugar, foods, etc for a short time. Notice how your body reacts to cravings throughout the day and become more mindful of what you eat. But don’t try to approach any diet with an all or nothing attitude. That is a recipe for failure that may lead to serious binging.

What are you thoughts?!


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