Well, I can say that cutting sugar was a great way to start out the year. I feel like I’ve got myself on a strong foundation for eating healthy all year long. Let me tell you a little bit about my week and then I’ll reveal what February’s challenge is going to be.
I didn’t eat 100% added sugar free this week. There. I said it.
Here’s what happened. A friend invited me to a brunch for the purpose of introducing Juice Plus. (Any Juice Plus people out there?) Social situations are the hardest, but normally I’m pretty good at avoiding foods if I need to.
When I got there, one of the hosts showed me she made my 5-ingredient Blender Muffins. Now, I am committed to my challenge, but not so much that I’m going to be rude! She made a recipe from my blog, clearly I had to eat one. I least I know they are made with just a small amount of sweetener. Man, are those good. I love those little muffins!
She also made a smoothie for us to sample with Juice Plus’s protein powder, which also has some added sugar. Again, I wasn’t going to be rude so I drank my sample. Happily, I might add. It was quite yummy.
Social situations are really difficult when you’re trying to eat a certain way. While I wish I could say I ate 100% added sugar free this week, I know I ate only a small amount with one blender muffin and a small smoothie sample.
I’m not sure if this is a coincidence or not, but after that brunch I started craving chocolate. Is it because my taste buds had a small taste of sugar that they were awoken from their slumber? Maybe. I can’t be sure, but those cravings were rough for two days after the brunch. Especially when I made these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls for the kids and couldn’t eat any for myself.
Moving into February, I plan on continuing to eat less sugar. While I won’t be as strict with not allowing any added sugar, this has been a great reminder that I feel better when I’m sugar-free.
So that brings me to the February Happy Healthy Mama Healthy Year Challenge! Are you ready for it? February’s challenge is:
Eat More Plants!
Everyone is at different places in their journey of healthy living, so this challenge won’t look exactly the same for everyone. I will be back tomorrow with another post talking about it more in detail and giving ideas for how you can implement this challenge whether you’re a vegan or someone who eats meat at every meal. Everyone can benefit from this challenge! See you back here tomorrow with the details. 🙂
How was your week with the Cut the Sugar Challenge? Share the ups and downs you experienced!