No sugar challenge: day 2-15

I wanted to make clear something that I’m also doing. Apparently many people that stop eating sugar, are replacing it. They can’t help but eat sweets so they are looking for the alternatives that are offered nowadays. Corn syrup, agave syrup, maple syrup, coconut sugar, artificial sweeteners, stevia extract,… Besides the fact that some of these products might be even worse for your health than normal plain refined white sugar, there’s a bigger problem at play here.

If you don’t stop consuming sweets, your body will keep craving sweet food and it will be more and more difficult to stay away from food that’s sweetened with bad sweeteners too. Besides that, some other side effects might be at play when consuming artificial sweeteners.

My diet. Did I mention I’m eating vegan? That’s a permanent challenge! (Photo by Artem Bulbfish from Pexels)

So ok, I’m just skipping basically everything that tastes sweet for these 30 days. In the mean time, I’m halfway there. It’s said that after a while your taste gets reset, and it seems I can testify to that. A few days ago I was eating a bowl of (brown!) rice with tomatosauce, a pinch of salt and some herbs and hot sauce. Among the herbs was also some turmeric. It tasted as if there was pineapple in it! It was an amazing taste experience… This is not the only difference in taste, I really have the impression that all food tastes more sweet-ish. I like to eat my bread with peanut butter (real one, 99.7%peanut and some salt) and it really tastes sweet. Try to eat cashew nuts after a week of no sugar… as if they’re dipped in sugar!  It”s really amazing how much more tasty everything is now.

The downside is that I have to say no more. I have to explain at least once a day that I’m not eating sugar. No, not for this time only too. No, it’s not that difficult to say “No”. Yes, you could do it too if you didnt already say no before even thinking about it. The amount of people that seem to have a problem with even imagining not eating sugar for one day is amazing. Am I the only person with some willpower left in this world?

I do miss eating fruit, but it’s not that difficult to handle. 2 more weeks and I’ll start eating fruit again. Sweeteners? Not likely…

No sugar challenge: day 1

In our family, we are constantly trying to make our lives better. A big part of a good life is a healthy life and to be healthy there are 2 main factors: what you eat and how much you move.

Mmmm… sweet! (Photo by mali maeder from Pexels)

My next challenge will focus on the food part. I’m sure you’re all aware how in the modern diet we eat a lot of refined sugars. I’m already very conscious of this fact because of my habit of reading the food content labels on everything I buy. We hardly buy any processed food, but still we eat desserts. Self-made or when eating out. Whenever there’s a birthday at work, 90% of people just bring candy to hand out and I’m always the first to celebrate with them! There’s always this small guilt voice in the back of my head, but I would quickly dismiss it by saying: “I already eat healthy, how bad can it be to eat a few candies once in a while”. But when I looked back later, that was already the 2nd or 3rd birthday that week. Saturday we went to eat out and we had desserts. I also finished the desserts of the children because it would be a waste to just leave them there half eaten… I’m still eating a whole lot of sugar!

And sugar is super bad for you.

I decided to go fully sugar free for 30 days. This means not just skipping added sugars in processed foods, but also no fruits for a month. No more desserts, no more birthday treats and no more fruit! Once you read up on this a bit, it’s actually quite a no brainer.

Day 1 came and passed: no sugar… was very easy. At least the first day, luckily it’s not like the cold shower challenge where I’m forcing myself to say yes to do something unpleasant. This is psychologically more or less the opposite side of things, I have to say no to a pleasant thing. And I know from experience, I’m good at saying no. Keep it coming! Or not coming… Whatever.