Hello, friends! I’m here to check in and see how everyone is doing with the cutting the sugar in January! If you missed it, this is part of the Happy Healthy Mama Healthy Year Challenge where we will be focusing on one specific health goal each month. You guessed it, we’re cutting the sugar in January! You can join anytime, so don’t worry if you missed the first week. You can start TODAY.
Let’s talk about those hashtags.
Okay, so I said we were going to stay connected via social media using a few hashtags. And apparently I thought #HappyHealthyMamaHealthyYearChallenge would be a great one. #longesthashtagever #whatwasIthinking #hashtagsarenotmyfriend So. I’ll still be using that hashtag when I post relevant pics on Instagram, but I think the best way for us to stay connected on this challenge is to simply comment on the weekly check in blog post. (This post!)
Notice I said when I post on Instagram and not Facebook (follow me here—->Happy Healthy Mama on Instagram). Facebook is weird, and doesn’t like posts with hashtags. Whenever I add a hashtag to a post, they show that post to only about .000005% of my audience. So, no more hashtags on Facebook for me. (If you really like seeing my posts on Facebook, by the way, you have to interact with my page. So click on the links in the posts, like the posts, or comment on the posts you see. Don’t ignore the posts or Facebook won’t show you any more of my posts. Facebook is funny like that.)
The second hashtag for January is #cutthesugar. This one is shorter and prettier, but guess what I discovered by using it? Another blogger, Pure Ella, published a cookbook this month called Cut the Sugar and is also doing a Cut the Sugar challenge on her blog this month. Ah well, the more the merrier, right? We all have the same goals. I’d never heard of Pure Ella, but her site is gorgeous and the recipes look great.
Of course, I have a bit of a problem with cookbooks (in that I am obsessed with them) so I ordered hers right away. Here it is:
Look at all those tagged recipes I want to try! The ones I’m most excited about include Sweet Potato and Date Chocolate Frosting (why didn’t I think of that?!), MultiSeed Bread (no flour!), and Healthy Three-Ingredient Chocolate Pudding (fruit sweetened and has the potential to become a go-to recipe). It’s not all sweets; it also includes chapters devoted to breakfast, salads & appetizers, soups, mains & sides, snacks, and drinks. All of the recipes are vegan and gluten-free.
How did Week 1 go?
For me, it was actually easier than I thought it was going to be. I think it’s because I ate way too much sugar in December and it felt so good to not be eating it. As much as I love desserts and sweet treats (I have a raging sweet tooth) my body just feels so much better when I’m not eating much sugar. I think that overall great feeling acted as a positive reinforcement.
I wasn’t totally without cravings, though. I was craving carbs more than sugar this week. Is that a winter thing? Unfortunately, it’s hard to eat the carbs I crave without added sugar. I figured out a way to have both, though! I baked a fruit-sweetened Pear Blondie that took care of it. Recipe coming next week–buy some pears!
I did eat something with added sugar this week by mistake. We were having a clean-out-the-freezer dinner and one thing was macaroni and cheese. (More carbs!) I wasn’t totally feeling it, so I had the idea to add some of the Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup we had in the pantry that Tim likes to have for lunch. I added it to the macaroni and cheese (delicious!) but totally forgot the soup is made with sugar. Mistakes happen. I moved on.
This is a journey. Give yourself some grace!
If your week was less than perfect, don’t think you have to give up. Identify what was hard for you, and try to work on it. Are there triggers in your life that cause you to eat sugary snacks or drinks? Can you think of a replacement for the sugar you usually turn to? Did you find it hard because sugar was too readily available? Maybe you need to clean out the pantry this week! Whatever caused you to stumble, focus on ways to fix it and move forward. Remember, we are in this together.
Now it’s your turn to share! Please leave a comment letting me know how Week 1 went for you. Was it easy? Hard? What was the biggest challenge?