Hello world! I feel like I’ve been light on the blog posting lately. I’ve been super focused on school for the past few months and it’s consumed most of my time and energy. But here I am. How are you? Here’s what I’ve been up to:
I gave up sugar for lent which turned out to be a really awesome experience. Besides the spiritual aspect of it, I was also looking to kick a mild sugar addiction which in turn would (I assumed) lead me to drop pounds quick. Wrong. When it was all said and done, I ended up gaining a pound (seriously?). I really don’t understand that one.
Like I said, it was a great experience because I learned several things and adopted some new routines:
- I was indeed addicted to sugar, and I was consuming it at nearly every meal, knowingly or unknowingly.
- Sugar is in EVERYTHING. Let me rephrase, sugar is in nearly everything that is processed.
- I was eating so much more processed food than I realized.
- I was eating out a lot more than I realized.
- Eating out costs a lot of money.
- Cooking at home, when you are now trying to cook all natural and organic costs a lot of money.
- Crappy, sugary food was around me constantly, everywhere I went. Work, school, there was always cookies, cake, etc and before I would always go “yes of course I’ll have some.” During my 40 days sugar-free, when I couldn’t have any, it made me realize that I really don’t want all that junk.
- After a few days off of sugar, I was craving REAL food. Veggies, fruits, grains.
- I started cooking a lot more at home. I’ve mentioned before that I have a cookbook problem, so I had a whole arsenal of recipes to start with. I had recently purchased a new cookbook, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow, a slow cooker cookbook and I had bought a new, larger 7 quart slow cooker from Williams-Sonoma so I jumped right in to slow cooking
- Slow cooking makes A LOT of food. My fridge is jam-packed with corn chowder and broccoli cheese soup. I am sick of both already and I still have enough of it to eat it for every meal till next Sunday.
- I thought giving up sugar was going to be so difficult. It ended up not being too bad, there were a few days where my sugar tooth was really nagging at me, but when that happened I would eat a Clif Kids Z Bar, (my savior). I love them because they don’t sweeten with sugar, and the chocolate chip ones taste just like an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. I actually ended up loving the freedom from sugar. It was so nice to be able to say “no I don’t want that” and really mean it.
- It reminded me of Geneen Roth’s food rules, which I try to live by, but every once in a while you need a refresher.
- “Eat when you are hungry.
- Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car.
- Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspapers, books, intense or anxiety-producing conversations or music.
- Eat what your body wants.
- Eat until you are satisfied.
- Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others.
- Eat with enjoyment, gusto and pleasure.”
- I have a lot more I could say about how fabulous Geneen Roth is, about food and eating issues, but I’ll save that for another time and another post. For now, let me just add to the rules (or guidelines as I really should be calling them, because that is what she calls them), is that EVERYTHING IS OK IN MODERATION! Please don’t ever deprive yourself of any food. It just leads to over eating, which is no fun. Enough on that for now.
- Today, being Easter, I got to break my no sugar regimen, and boy did I break it. And boy do I feel like junk. The day started out with a chocolate chip pudding ring (it is a beyond delicious cake they carry at my local grocery store’s bakery) and ended with Girl Scouts Samoas which I am currently snacking on. I’ve missed by old buddies of chocolate and white refined sugar, but I am sure that we are going to have a less dependent relationship from now on.
- I really enjoyed having a goal or something that I am working on, so I think I am going to continue on with a 40 day challenge. Starting tomorrow I am going to (eeks I don’t even want to write this) do a cardio workout of some sort every single day. Whether it being a 20 minute walk (which is cardio when you are so out of shape like I am), or zumba at the gym, I want to do something. Over the past 40 days I’ve started working out more than usual (as in I’ve started working out) and I feel so amazing after I do. It is so true what they say about it being a natural stress reliever.
So that’s all for now. I hope Easter treated everyone well. Have a good week and Carpe Diem!