January 16, 2015

No Sweets Food Challenge Update

Remember my monthly food challenge? {you can read about it here}. I thought today, mid-month, would be a great idea to share an update...progress if you will. I am "only" giving up sweets, and not just sugar by itself. So, no candy, gum, cookies, cake, cupcakes, you get the picture. This is definitely not a difficult task. It is doable. My gluten intolerance helps me with this challenge. I cannot eat regular cookies or cake or what not anyways, so if I crave these I need to pay some extra money and visit different grocery stores or even cities to get my sweet tooth in line. YET, my body still longs for some sweet stuff; even after two weeks.

How to handle those cravings? Simple. Just find healthier snacks and desserts. I had to get creative and research a little but it all worked out.

Whenever I feel like I need a cookie, or see my favorite person snack on sweet stuff {he's so skinny I wonder how he does that?!} I started taking a handful of cranberries, almonds, grapes, or even raisins. If I had vegetables at hand, I'd chew on those during the day. This wouldn't work for a dessert though but that is then when the cranberries or pomegranate seeds came in and some yogurt. I was in heaven. Also, since this month is a no sweets month and not necessarily a no sugar month {that will happen in June} I added honey to my granny smith apples, or just added it to my teas. Also, cinnamon, banana and some milk helped me ease my cravings for sweet stuff.

Two more weeks and my month of no sweets will be over. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.


Allison said...

YOU CAN DO IT! And you're totally a badass - this is so difficult, but you're exercising so much willpower and are totally going to recharge your whole system by sticking with it :) I'm super impressed! Keep it up, girl.

Tobia | craftaliciousme said...

Whoohooo you go girl! And I am right with you! No cake, candy and co for the last two weeks but lots of prunes, cranberries and dried mango. Felling much better. Isn't it great?!
Happy weekend to you, tobia

Elisa @ Crazy, Amazing Life said...

Yes you can definitely do this, Selma!

Here are a couple of things that I have noticed will make or break my "no sugar" resolution:
- whether I have had enough protein with my meals
- whether I had enough good fats (I find that avocado and coconut really help)
- whether I had enough sleep the night before (lack of sleep is the n.1 reason why my sugar cravings raise their ugly heads)
- whether I have been drinking enough water (dehydration often leads to the munchies)

In a pinch, I find that a 1/2 tsp of coconut oil usually helps.

However you decide to fight the cravings, good luck! You can do it!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

You've made it this far!! Hang in there!


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