Not sure if you tuned in for week 1 of the no sugar challenge but Bridget was out on day 2.
25 days have gone by and I still haven’t eaten sugar. This brings me back to the point of what does not eating sugar even mean? Basically it means no processed sugars, or sweets of any kind. No chocolate, candy, soda, etc. I’m also trying to stay away from carbs and I’m eating a high protein diet.
Toughest part of the past 25 days was definitely attending Food Expo West in Anaheim. There was like 1,000 companies that were giving away free samples/food. At least 100 of which were sweets. Imagine walking by all you can eat gelato as an Italian and turning your cheek.
Even crazier is I tacked on intermittent fasting. Basically, I only eat between the hours of 12:00 PM and 6 PM. The point of this all was to document the results on my mind and body. The things I noticed immediately were.
- You have absolutely no idea how much sugar is around you daily without even noticing it. It’s truly absurd. Sugar has completely infiltrated people’s daily life. Last night for instance I was watching NCAA hoops (thanks a lot UCLA) and in my theater room at The North Shore there was a vase filled with Lindt chocolates. Old me would have loved that added bonus to living here, new me realizes that’s something I would have consumed without even thinking twice.
- Sweets have been engrained in our brains as a reward. After dinner the first thing I crave is something sweet. It’s brief, but still relevant. When I exit my apartment and walk the streets of Austin I immediately want to stop in and get a treat somewhere. Company dinner out at Cheese Cake Factory? Have to order Cheesecake. (By the way, they have advertisements in their menu, also not necessary).
- Sugar is everywhere. Greek Yogurt! Like 20 grams! What’s going on there?
Other tough moments in the first 25 days…
#1 Bridget starving and wanting to get buffalo chicken at a place that specializes in doughnuts. Sigh
#2 Watching co-workers eat a delicious piece of Cheese Cake.