This Monday, 15. May 2017 I started my challenge: no industrial sugar for 30 days.
There are a few reasons, why I do this challenge. So let’s start with my ‘why’.
I want to give my body a little break
Sugar can have many negative effects on the human body, such as:
Lack of energy,
Lack of concentration,
And an over-use of sugar in the long term can lead to:
This doesn’t mean you can’t/shouldn’t enjoy a piece of cake or some chocolate.
But: the dose makes the poison!!
For many people the problem is, that they don’t realise, that in many many foods there is a lot of ‘hidden sugar’ and if you don’t read the label of foods or don’t know much about the processing of food, you might never now.
Some foods, that contain a lot of sugar and you might not expect it:
Many sauces (ketchup, barbecue, …)
Ready-made smoothies/fruit juices,
Many pre-made foods,
I am excited to see, how my body will react and maybe change. Maybe/Hopefully my skin will get better or I will have more energy – I will keep you updated!
It is a challenge, which means there will probably be a point throughout these 30 days, where I’d like to eat some sugar. I think, that pushing through the desire of indulging will also make me a little stronger mentally. Whenever I set myself a goal (whatever it is, doing a certain really intense workout, …) I always stick to it, even if it is hard. I am sure that this mindset will help me.
Not the reason I do this challenge, but possibly a positive extra: maybe I can lose a little bit of weight by leaving out sugar, eating balanced and pushing myself while working out.
No sugar substitutes
Some sugar through fruit is okay, but not too much (even though some fruit is healthy, there is still sugar in it!!)
No sugary drinks of alcohol (this won’t be hard for me, all I drink is water and sometimes coffee – this is just what I like best)
My current diet:
I would describe my diet as healthy with a sweet tooth.
In our family, we all eat quite healthy. A huge reason for this is probably, that this is what we grew up with. A big bowl of veggies and a fruit salad as a dessert was always normal for me. My mom is a dietician, so I can be thankful that I have experienced a healthy diet since I am little. She knows a lot about food, but for sure isn’t a fan of restriction. In her opinion it is important to have a balanced diet, eating a lot of veggies, cooking regional/seasonal and at home. But she also says that it is totally okay to enjoy some sweets – maybe a piece of cake to your coffee. I 100% agree on this, because when you don’t restrict yourself of anything, you won’t binge.
I always try to eat a lot of vegetables. When I eat bread or pasta I nearly always have whole grain products. (my mom makes her own whole grain bread – it’s the best). I basically never eat out. Which I actually like, because many restaurants cook very fatty, which I don’t like. Healthy fats are important, so whenever I cook I use some good oils or add some nuts to my salad. When I want some dessert I usually reach for fruit (I absolutely love ice-cream 😉 ), but when we have some homemade cake at home I will also enjoy a piece of it when I feel like having some. – not the next few weeks through. 😊
And really important: Drinking enough water. I always have a bottle with me, wherever I go. This is really helpful because you take sip after sip and don’t even recognize, how much you already drunk – that’s great!
I hope this gave you a little insight to my diet and reasons behind this challenge – let’s see, how the challenge goes.
On my PumpUp page (@theresa_98) I will post regularly on how I feel, what I eat, etc.
After the 30 days (and maybe once In the middle) I will write another post on how I feel, what changes I noticed.
If you have any questions – just let me know, I am happy to answering them! 😊
Keep on your amazing work and let’s all continue motivate each other on PumpUp! 😊
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.