I’m finally feeling all back to normal and back in my typical groove this week. My apartment is clean, I have healthy food options, the Easter candy is gone, and I feel rested and ready. Can’t say I’ve felt this prepared & energized in a while now. It’s amazing how much having fun can set you off track. 😉
This week, I’m participating in Laura’s (Mommy Run Fast) Sugar Detox. This detox couldn’t have come at a better time. After a very decadent weekend in NYC, celebrating my birthday, and celebrating Easter – I am beyond tired of sugar. In a way, I feel like I have been on the all sugar diet for a while now. It always seems like the more I eat it, the more I eat it.
The sugar detox is simply a challenge committed to not eating any ADDED sugars this week. This means anything that has sugar (or the many other forms of sugar – honey, molasses, cane juice, etc.) added to it. If it doesn’t naturally grow with sugars already in it – I’m not eating it.
For breakfast today, I had an English muffin (that doesn’t have sugar in it, I checked) with peanut butter & cinnamon and a fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries, and grapes.
I know fruit has a lot of sugar in it, but it’s there naturally so it’s not an added sugar. 🙂
I think the rest of this week is going to be smooth sailing. Yesterday I kind of had a crisis though. Because the weekend was so busy for me, I didn’t really make an effort to make sure I actually had a meal plan and non-sugary stuff to eat this week.
For breakfast, I made a smoothie with protein powder. My protein powder uses stevia, which I thought would be okay for the challenge, but it’s not. I have no idea why i thought it was okay? I guess because it’s not actual sugar. But it’s still a sweetener that shouldn’t be there, so it’s a no-go. So I failed on day one, but it wasn’t like I ate a chocolate Easter bunny or something.
I was also planning for a salad for yesterday’s lunch until I realized that all my dressings had sugar in them. FAIL. Thankfully, I had time to make a quick grocery list & hit up Trader Joe’s to stock up on some good stuff. I found a Tuscan balsamic dressing that doesn’t have any sugar (yay!) and loaded up on fruits & veggies for the week.
Forever Fitness Challenge Update
So with all of that said, it’s probably not going to be surprising to any of you to know that I have not really been focusing on my Forever Fitness Challenge goals. To recap, my goals are to focus on fruits & veggies, eating whole foods in general, & to log all my meals/calories. Happening? Not at all.
I’m not going to blame it all on my trip to NYC, but I’m going to blame most of it on that. Any time I go on vacation, I usually give myself permission to eat whatever I want. Before I went, I already knew I wasn’t even going to try and track meals/calories. I wanted to enjoy myself after all. And NYC was just busting at the seams with good eats.
I don’t regret enjoying my trip to NY, but I do not like how my habits back at home now have followed suit. I feel like when I go on vacation or suddenly have my diet become very different from normal, it’s extremely hard for me to get back to the way I was eating before. Maybe it seems like unhealthy choices are “okay.” Maybe it’s because my body got used to the bad food and now craves junk instead. It doesn’t really matter, but I don’t like it.
I’m not really that bummed that things got off track because, well, that’s life. It already happened, I had a good time in NY & for my birthday, so there. But I am taking the sugar detox as a jumpstart to begin focusing on my FFC goals again. I’ll probably be updating a lot about healthy eating stuff lately to keep myself accountable. I’d really appreciate your support, too!
Plan of Action
Since yesterday’s plan-less crisis left me in a bind a few times, I realize the only way to be successful is by having a plan.
Some things I’m planning on to be successful in the sugar detox & healthy eating in general are:
- always have water on hand
- drink lemon/lime water & green tea to detox my insides
- prep food the night or days before so healthy choices are the easy choice
- bought some gum yesterday to satisfy a “sweets” craving
- eat bigger breakfasts so I am less tempted to snack on something I shouldn’t later
- brush my teeth after each meal (this seriously helps me not want sweets)
- get back into taking my vitamins (helps with cravings/energy)
I am feeling a lot better though after just one day of focusing on healthy choices again. I’ve got a 5 mile run on the books for today, so I’m off to tackle that. Have a happy Tuesday!
Questions for You:
- Do your vacations typically get your diet all off track, or is it just me?
- What’s one thing you are doing to be healthy today?
- Those of you doing these challenges, what’s your plan of attack?