So last time I talked about this sugar detox I was recovering from a big fat sugar craving. Well, Ben and I are about to enter week seven of this eight-week challenge and I'm happy to report my cravings are pretty much non-existent at this point.
I've learned so much during this sugar detox - for instance, a lot of times when I crave something sweet it's not because I actually want to eat, it's because of another factor like being stressed or tired. What's that? You say you already knew that? Well I did too, but actually recognizing and identifying it for what it is? Huge step for me.
Lately I've actually been "cheating" a bit, eating things that are sugary every so often to see if I still enjoy them as much as I once did. So far? It does not. I bought something the other night that I threw out after two bites because it tasted like chemicals.
I've also been trying things here and there because I'm trying to find my "trigger" foods - the foods where even though I know it has a lot of sugar/is bad for me I still want to eat it anyway - and I have yet to find one. I'm sure I'll have something at one point and I'll have to try not to overindulge but again, NOT craving these things? Amazing!
I've also recently discovered Izze drinks - I know, I know, late to the game but they are all natural, no added sugar and they are delicious! They sell them at Starbucks so the past couple nights I've gone to the store where Ben works and gotten one - so light and refreshing for summer. (Plus it gives Ben a little eye candy when I visit him at work - win win!)
There might be a couple things Ben and I revert to for refined sugar (vanilla lattes for instance - the sugar-free ones just aren't the same), but overall I think we're going to continue with these changes we've made and make them a permanent choice in our lives. I love to bake in the fall and I'm excited to substitute sugar for more natural sweeteners in recipes and see how that changes things. (I mean what's fall without these cookies?)
Have you ever done a detox? How did you feel at the end of it? Did you make your temporary choices permanent? Do you love Izze drinks too?
Happy almost Friday!