30 days off the white stuff

January 2nd I’m going for it. I’m quitting sugar for 30 days. I’ve been umming and aahing about being sugar free for a while now. I was umming about it more over Christmas while sitting shoving my gob full of every chocolate bar or box I had in the house. What I found worse is that towards the end of December I felt like there was this race on, I had to finish every bit by January 1st and not the 31st December because that was a Sunday and it just wouldn’t be right to start such a mammoth challenge on a Sunday. Stupid idea.

Four years ago I was in such a fit and healthy place in my life that I remember turning down chocolate or sweets when they were offered to me “No thank you, I don’t eat things like that anymore”. That girl, the former me, was a stone and a half lighter and a dress size smaller. No, it wasn’t all just cutting down the sugar, I was hammering the gym six days a week and was also toned, looked hot and felt amazing.

My main problems are the obvious, chocolates, cake, biscuits and the rest of the fudgey yummy, mmm give me a pudding over anything savoury any day. But whoooaah, after all the reading I’ve been doing it’s the hidden sugars that are going to make this difficult.

Why do I want to do it? There are several reasons and I’m not claiming to be an expert and I probably won’t get it 100% knob on along the way, but I’ll have a good go. Losing weight is up there as reason number one. I have two years worth of excess fat to shift and I’d like to do it pretty quickly. Over the last two weeks I’ve noticed how dehydrated I’ve felt. I’ve woken up most mornings with a headache and felt hungover but had no alcohol. My body has been aching allover, and I’ve not been sleeping well.

I’m not sure if this is just me but when I eat a few biscuits, maybe some choccies too, I’m not hungry for an actual meal. I don’t feel the usual hunger for lunch or dinner. My stomach feels bloated and I feel full. I know how energetic and bloody brilliant you can feel when you’re on top of your game but this is a new challenge for me. I know how to eat well, clean and green as they say and I know how to work out for my body and not what someone else is pushing me to do. But, quitting sugar will be new.

My main concern is what to eat. I am the fussiest eater. Give me a new cook book, it’s guaranteed I’ll only like a maximum of ten things in it. I don’t drink milk, I don’t eat eggs but will if cooked into something. Fish is a no go. I don’t like natural yoghurt but I do when it’s a fruit flavoured one with around 5 teaspoons of sugar in it.

I’ve read all sorts about the mood swings that come with giving up, cravings and tiredness too. I’ve read blogs galore, taken the advice of Davina McCall and watched how Caroline Flack has lost her puppy fat and that little bit of belly she’s never been able to get rid of. Ok, they’ve had a lot of help, I don’t have a personal chef or a personal trainer but I do have a fridge full of fruit and veg, brown rice and meat. Grrrr let’s have it. Let week one commence…

Here is a picture of my first breakfast; Banana pancakes with blueberries and a (small) drizzle of honey. It was actually lush!

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