Well, it has been 21 days! I would be lying if I said I was perfect all the way through, but I can say with confidence that these past 3 weeks I have taken in less sugar than ever before. Ever before meaning, in the past 5 years or so. While I did make some slip ups ( bite of a cookie here, or piece of biscotti there) I did not have ANY CANDY!
To treat myself I purchased a small Pinkberry original flavor frozen yogurt. I had a few bites and actually could not finish it because it was way too sweet. As for now I plan on staying low sugar. I am hoping that these three weeks have helped with my sweet tooth and the cravings I have after every meal. One treat a week seems appropriate, and if I feel like my cravings are creeping back, I will definitely try three weeks again.
What next do you ask? Low Carb diet! Aiming for 14 days of low carbs = no bread. Will be tough I am sure, but the sooner your start the sooner it is over! Stay tuned for more healthy recipes and dieting ideas.
I can not stress enough how important food preparation is when dieting. I should probably practice what I preach, because lately “grazing” seems a lot easier than eating an actual meal.
Sunday is the best day to plan your meals ahead of time. That is what I plan on doing this weekend. I am no nutritionist, but I do know a good amount about eating healthy, through common knowledge and friends in the health industry. So here is a list of some foods you can prepare ahead of time to stay on a healthy diet. (more…)
NO I am not going to start eating gluten free. Well not today anyway, But doing research is fun!
Here is a webpage about living gluten free and refined sugar free. I am more about the refined sugar free thing as this point, and there are some great recipes on this site.
I knew a girl in college who could only eat gluten free food and it sounded horrible. She could pretty much never go out to dinner because the restaurant couldn’t say it was completely gluten free and they didn’t want to be the cause of her getting sick. This was almost 5 years ago, and now I see gluten free sections of menus and grocery stores popping up all over the place. I have also heard about how everyone should eat gluten free because it is a lot healthier. It is something to consider trying. (more…)
Whenever I start a diet of any kind, it always starts out the same way. I am super excited to start it, I am optimistic and I don’t feel like anything could stop me. This is it, this is the time I will follow through and I will finally lose that belly. Of course the only thing I lose is momentum and by the end of the next day, sometimes even the first day I give up. Yeah, it’s pretty bad.
What I have come to learn from my constant dieting failures, is that #1 You can always start again, and #2 the longer you go, the easier it gets. I have had some good weeks of eating healthy, but as soon as someone is having a get together, or there is a restaurant date, my hard work goes to shit. I have no self control.
My biggest weakness is sugar. I guess you can say I am somewhat of a candy addict. Sure I like cupcakes, cakes, brownies, pies, and any pastry you throw my way, but that isn’t the think I am craving night and day. What I love is the sticky, sour, sweet, chewy, or gooey sugar filled candy! Any kind, doesn’t matter. I usually cannot go 3-4 days without it. I usually substitute a candy flavored gum to try to ween myself off the stuff, but it isn’t the same.
So after much investigating and thought, I have decided to cut all or almost all of my sugar intake for the next 21 days. I read that it takes 21 days to kick a habit, so I am hoping that after these 3 weeks I can not only improve my health, but kick my crazy candy addiction. This will include all candy,chocolate, other obvious sugar filled foods, and I will also be cutting back on the fruit. I will only have 1 fruit a day, if any. I have sorta been going crazy and eating 2 pints of strawberries a day.
So here goes.. day 1!