Half way there and still going strong. I am amazed at how well I feel, the aches and pains I usually have in the morning are so diminished I barely notice them. I sleep really well, wake up feeling, well awake.
Not going to lie though, it is hard eating out with your no sugar rule. You have to take a leap of faith and order carefully. I went away for the weekend just gone so my daughter had plenty of things she could nibble on but all I could find for myself was some grapes (not too many) and salted cashews (my goodness they are moreish). First meal out I had a local ham salad. Cant fault it, pushed the croutons to one side, the ham was lovely and thick and the salad was filling. Evening meal was a little more tricky but found a brocolli and cauliflower bake and had extra salad instead of the chips. I would assume there was maybe some flour in the cheese sauce but as an overall I think it was good.
Full English breakfast, minus the fried bread (I really wanted the fried bread, hadn’t had any in years), set me up for the day. I am so glad the sugar waves and crashes no longer affect me, makes such a difference to be able to go a good few hours between eating and not feel that crash and panic.
As of today, I have lost 5% of my body weight and more cloths are starting to fit me again!
Crafting wise I have tried some clay modelling, made a pea pod charm. I have completely messed up the kitchen by making some bath bombs and toilet bombs. More practise is required there, but they smell so good. It has amused my daughter and myself that whilst washing your hands afterwards your hands fizz up and tickle. Next challenge will be soap making!
Bath and toilet bombs
After deciding to do the sugar free challenge and combine it with crafting I did wonder how hard it was going to be. I love to bake and to cook and feed my little girl too. I was surprised, however, at how quickly the sugar cravings stopped. My body no longer has that ‘I need to eat something now’ panicky feeling, the rummage around the kitchen cupboards searching out anything to eat to satisfy the urge. Yesterday was the first day I have felt hungry, my fault really as I left it too long between meals and had to go shopping. I was pleased that I didn’t fill my trolley with rubbish but did find I bought more vegetables!
The most surprising thing though was when my daughter opened a packet of double chocolate cookies and the smell that came out of them was intense. For the first time my mind and my body literally jumped together and was forcing me towards a sticky end. I quickly wrapped them, more smell came out, my mouth was watering. I placed them well away from me and sat, a little shocked, at the reaction. I mean I love those kinds of cookies, could eat an entire pack and not think about about but, wow. Sugar is a powerful drug.
Top is my sugar free porridge, got quite a taste for it now. I also really enjoy the bacon, mushroom broccoli dinner. Large portion and takes a while to get through, I wouldn’t eat this too often because bacon is so processed but it is great for a treat. We also tried some banana egg pancakes. Surprised at how tasty they are and my daughter wolfed them down. Certainly not the prettiest looking but worth it.
Crafting wise I have made a laundry bag for my daughter, my oldest wanted a bag holder for the plastic bags so have been making a few of those. Knitting of course, and planning some bath bombs. I am going to do lots of these things in the half term with my daughter.
Upside to all this sugar free, I have lost 5lbs now!