Sugar-Free Challenge

As you know, I had a bit of a pause from my sugar-free challenge. We went on holiday and I simply wanted to have some sweets there. To my surprise, I was not as attracted to cakes and sweet pastry as I expected myself to be, but I still had some cakes and enjoyed their pancakes. On the other hand, I was very much surprised I did not crave chocolate, chocolate bars. To be honest, when I saw some cakes on holiday or in restaurants being back from holiday, I had this weird feeling of “that’s way too sweet for me”, telling me that I knew I could have it, but I would not have enjoyed it.

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Having come back from holiday, I consciously decided to still have some sugar. So, over the last three weeks, including the holiday, I had a few cakes, ice-cream and even some soda drinks. I enjoyed it, I did not feel guilty eating it, yet I could feel the effect sugar had on my body.

Eating refined sugar, I had headaches, my skin got worse and I felt bloated. All these symptoms and my long-term goals for a healthy lifestyle led to my decision to go back to my personal sugar-free challenge.

My sugar-free is not 100% refined sugar-free as I still eat pastry and I do eat out, and as much as I try to make as healthy choices as possible while eating out, sometimes you may get a bit of sugar in pasta sauces etc. But I am sure that my daily sugar intake is within 2 teaspoons of sugar. Mostly even less or none at all. And I do not consume artificial sweeteners, those are a big No-No for me. If you want to learn more about sugar and sweeteners, check my blog post It’s all about the sugar.

So, what to eat when avoiding added sugar? Here is an example of what I eat in a day:

37812876_2225100121043490_3684150378741366784_nBreakfast: My breakfast always consists of hemp protein powder with almond or soya milk, occasionally with some fruits or spinach.

Morning snack: I would usually have some fruits in the morning, especially when at work as we get fruits in the office every Monday and Wednesday. (Yes, I know I work in a cool office 😀 )

39017497_2244268942459941_4649032266599628800_nLunch: Lunch would either be some leftovers from home, but that is rare as I do not cook much these days, or occasionally I would eat in a restaurant with my colleagues, I can recall I recently had Safran risotto. Mostly I would grab soup in one of the nearby restaurants.

Afternoon snack: When at work I am usually busy in the afternoon so I simply forget to snack, when at home I might have some nuts. During the weekend, it might be post workout pancakes as an afternoon snack or even lunch.

38862595_2242243945995774_3014138126265221120_nDinner: First of all, I would have a drop of my CBD hemp oil 30 mins before a meal. My dinners usually are scrambled eggs/salad with pastry, or we would go to eat out – Chinese, vegan, Italian etc. When I decided to really cook, I might cook something like my favorite Creamy tomato Gnocchi – click here to check the recipe. 

And of course, it is also very important to think about what you drink. I do not drink soda drinks, I do drink plenty of water which I think is the main reason why my body managed to deal with the sugar easily when I happened to had eaten sugar past three weeks.

What does your meal routine look like? Looking forward to hearing from you! Please comment below.

Sugar is Addictive

Here we go again, another topic that I am very passionate about – sugar.

We all know that smoking is addictive and it has bad effect on our health. Well, sugar is addictive and it has negative impact on our health. So, why do we see those ugly pictures on cigarettes packs, but we do not see picture of obese people, or people with cancer on sweets packets?

Excess intake of sugar in your diet leads to extra pounds, obesity, cardiovascular or pancreatic diseases. Sugar makes your body environment acidic, meaning your body is more likely to develop cancer, it’s like a welcoming ground for cancer cells.

When we feel down, we eat ice cream, when we are celebrating, we eat cake. Even when we are bored our brain demands sugar. When sugar enters our body, it triggers chemicals that affect the pleasure part of our brain and it makes us feel good, and on top of it we get blood sugar spike and we feel great, till we experience that blood sugar level drop.

The recommended dose of sugar should be no more than 6 teaspoons per day. And imagine how much sugar you eat only in things like pastry, juices, yogurt, and then you add some cereals, cakes etc. So, how many tea spoons of sugar do you actually eat? Or do you measure it more in table spoons?

If you are craving something sweet, you are better of with fruits, or perhaps try to have a glass of water or actual food. Your sugar craving can be caused by blood sugar level drops which can be a result of bad diet. So, rather then giving in, think about the origin of those symptoms you are experiencing.

In general, think twice before having processed sugar or sweeteners, rather go for natural sugars 😉

You know I had a nice 4 months sugar free detox (only had sugar in salty pastry like bread), and past two weeks I have been having actual processed sugar and I can feel and see its effect – cravings, my skin etc. I am going to start sugar free again soon. Should you wish to join my sugar free challenge, let me know.