I just recently completed a challenge I set for myself. I’ve wanted to do it for awhile but something finally just clicked that now was the time to do it.
It had become very clear to me that I had a problem. I would wake up in the morning and while waiting for my healthy breakfast to cook , I would walk mindlessly over to the cookie jar and grab one out. You know because Oatmeal raisin is a health thing right?
I would come home after work, grab a cookie on my way to the fridge to figure out what I was going to eat for lunch.
Dinner time would find me choping vegetables and once again mindlessly grabbing another cookie out to just “hold me over” till dinner was ready.
Sometimes I would grab a cookie before bed to go with my cup of tea.If that wasn’t enough there were times I just would grab a cookie because I passed the cookie jar. I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t need it.
I could say that cookies are a source of comfort for me. I know they are. I know as a mom I even am guilty of when my kids were little I would offer them a cookie when they were hurt or sad. Somewhere I learned cookies the pill that cures what makes you sad.
Last summer I was sick. I wasn’t sleeping well, I was stressed , I was told I was predibetic, I was told a bunch of other things. Doctors offered no help. My naturopath listened, did some blood work and finally I got a diagnosis. My thyroid was a little funky but the real issue was my adrenals. I was offically burnt out. I had done to much, been through to much and my body was seriously trying to get my attention to slow down. I can see clearly how not only was my cookie addiction playing a part to “comfort me” it was also the sugar my exhausted my body was thinking it needed to keep me going. That cookie was doing more damage than good.
So I sat down, wrote out a plan and announced I was going to be doing this crazy kick sugars butt challenge. I was happy to find out I had a buddy who wanted to do the same thing. It is always so much easier to do something when you have support of someone else.
How did it go? Wonderully, I think. We not only kicked sugar , we also kicked butt on white flour. We decided to go gluten free for the ten day challenge too. Dairy was another thought to dump. The only dairy I had was plain yogurt.
The weekend before the challenge we did go out and eat all that we wanted. There was a bday party to hit, a cherry blossom festival and well that indian place to try. It was all good.
We started the challenge on a Monday. I did a little prep work Sunday to get us ready. Off we went.
The first few days are hard. Those are the days where your sugar cravings are super hard. Where after I dropped my teenage son at school one morning , came back to the house that was completely empty, I am positive the cookie jar was calling me and the cookies were say “just one…who will know??” That was the hardest morning for me. But I made it. The days that followed were easier. And soon the cookie jar was just another thing in my kitchen. I just wanted something like a bagel or a crusty baguette. Oh and a glass of wine. Yes, alcohol was on the no-no list too.
The results for me were that I lost 2 1/2 lbs. If you know me, you know I don’t need to loose weight. So I was doing a little more eating of protein snacks to keep my weight up. What I did loose was my bloated belly. My pants fit a lot better and I felt better. I had more energy. more focus. The brain fog I had been walking around in was gone. It was an over all sense of well being that I had that made me feel like the 10 day challenge was well worth it. I wasn’t expecting to feel that good honestly. My buddy doing the challenge lost 8lbs and reported similar things, more energy, felt more focused and just feeling way better over all.
Did I go back to eating crap right after? Nope. I did have another bday party to go to and there was mother’s day and some treats my oldest son made for me. But I am happy to say that the cookie jar, is not a thought at all. I have refilled it for my son and the kids that pop in to visit but I am no longer eating cookies mindlessly. If I am going to snack while cooking dinner I eat some veggies. I am currently in the process of maintaince. Which means lifestyle changes. Nothing drastic but it’s easy after those ten days.
Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be they food”. It’s true. I felt better in just ten days than I had felt in months. I am still following the advice of my natropath to care for my adrenals. But I am so happy that I don’t feel the way I did two weeks ago.
So now I’m going to be sharing what I did with others. Are you looking to kick sugar to the curb?
If your interested in doing a 10 Day KIck Sugar Challenge, send me a message here on WordPress or email me at ShellyOwens88@gmail.com and I’ll tell you how you join in on the challenge I am going to be helping others with. The kick off date is June 1st. I’ll be doing a prep program leading up to it. What do you have to lose? A few pounds? Mindless eating? Feeling like crap? I think you have more to gain.
I’ll be providing recipes, support and tips while your on the challenge. The cost? $0. Yes that is correct. Not a typo. I am offering this for free. There is a limited number of people I am going to have in this group program so message me to get info on how you can join in.