Hello!! How are you? It has been a while hasn’t it?!
I hope you are well and enjoying life.
My last post was about lent and that I had decided to give up sugar. Here is a bit of an update for you.
It’s been 23 days since I started my refined sugar free journey, it has been very interesting and and quite different to how I imagined. Firstly I thought it would be much harder than it has been from the addiction point of view. I expected to really struggle when others were eating chocolate and biscuits around me but I haven’t at all. I did however walk into my mums house last Sunday feeling rather hungry walked straight over to some cake on the side and took a big bite! I realised instantly and spat it in the bin (sorry if that was TMI but didn’t know how else to explain). Just shows how hard it is to break the habbit of a lifetime, even on a sub conscience level.
Like with any kind of addiction there is an element of withdrawal which I thought would be harsh to start with headaches and tiredness. What I actually experienced was ‘not a lot’ to start with, other than having to think about what to eat and what not to eat. I think for me that is the hardest part of any change in diet. As time went on I started to notice I was still very tired and didn’t seem to be benefitting from the change and the headaches started to come. The headaches haven’t been too bad just in the background on and off and they seem to have given up now.
This week has been a bit of a turning point as 4 out of the 5 mornings I have woken up feeling ready to start the day. This for me is absolutely huge! Most of my life I have struggled with tiredness and have been down all kinds of paths trying to find out what the root cause is. I’m not saying that it is all the fault of sugar or that there are no other contributing factors but I do believe that sugar may well be part of the bigger picture.
Giving up refined sugar has started me on even more of a journey to get well both physically and mentally. There are so many studies about the harm that sugar does to our bodies but the way we eat in general is so important to our overall health, not just what we see i.e weight. I have struggled for my whole adult life with body image and finding my worth in the way I look. If I was slim I felt acceptable and if I felt a bit overweight I didn’t really value myself. This is a huge problem in the society that we live in and even though we have become so much more aware, there is still a long road to healing ourselves from this wrong thinking. Sugar also plays a part in mental health issues, something I would like to do some more research on.
Something feels like it has shifted in my thinking and I am so keen to become the best, healthiest version of myself and encourage as many people along the way as I can. In these few weeks I have stopped obsessing over how much I have eaten, how many calories are in things and if I have put on or lost half lb! What I have done is added lots of things to my diet with a lot of encouragement from an amazing lady that I have been introduced to via the internet called Kezia Hall at https://supernaturallyhealthy.org/ her whole outlook on health is brilliant. I have completely done away with half fat , fat free, no added sugar stuff, its all code for ‘a whole load of other rubbish has been added’! I am basically eating far more fruit and veg, trying to eat less bread (having said that I have eaten quite a lot this week and that’s fine) and being aware that I need more protein and basically enjoying what I am eating, especially some butter-yum! As an encouragement to you if you don’t LOVE raw spinach and kale as some people seem to (not me 🤢) I have been getting them by way of green smoothies and I promise you they taste great!
This is probably the most free I have ever felt, but that is not to say that I am just breezing it and haven’t had any negative thoughts, just felt more powerful to say no to more of the negative thoughts. Lifestyle changes do not happen overnight, it’s a daily choice and if I have a bad day that’s fine it doesn’t define success or failure. I think the main reason I am finding it so much easier than I have in the past is that I have always done it with the sole purpose of trying to be as slim as possible and get back to the weight I was at the age of 20 before I had any children!! That is just not realistic, it is possible, but not realistic. If I made that my sole focus I could. I don’t know about you but that won’t cut it for me, life is for the living.
I hope you have found this insightful and that maybe it’s made you consider at least some lifestyle changes. If you would like some brilliant encouragement I would recommend visiting Kezias website (link above). I would as always love to hear from you.
Wishing all you awesome Mummys a very happy Mothers day for Sunday and a fabulous weekend to you all!