Hello everyone and welcome to day 11 of our Cut the Sugar Challenge!
First, let’s jump in and see how you’re all doing? We’re at the halfway mark of the challenge, yay!! Are you cutting out sugar the healthy way? Are you swapping for healthier options and reducing the amount? Let’s chat about it in the comments – I’m here to support you along the way so just open up and share your thoughts ~ positive or negative. I don’t judge. We all cave and go on a rampage of the kitchen cabinets once in a while in search of SUGAR (I’ve done it and may or may not still do it once in a while) (I blame it on the baby + terrible sleep + winter blahs + I just love chocolate too much)… I’m not perfect and the results don’t have to be perfect either. Besides the only chocolate I have at home is 72 or 85% – so I’m kind of good ;)
Just doing your best is sometimes enough and not beating yourself up about it when you slip is so important. That’s why my approach to cut sugar isn’t to quit sugar! (sorry Sarah Wilson – we’re just not on the same page BUT I still love you.) Sometimes fructose is my only friend! My favourite time to get my fructose sugar-fix is between 10 and 11am when I reach for fresh fruit!! I actually have clementine segments by my desk right now! Yum!
This brings me to our discussion for today’s challenge!
Fuel up on nourishing food!
This is how it works :
You eat well. You feel well.
You eat crap. You feel crappy + moody + sick + have low energy + sugar highs + brain fog + anxiety + depression + etc. + etc. + etc.
Have you connected the food you eat with your health and wellness?
It’s a funny thing how food that is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals and healthy protein and fats benefits our health!
Same like food that is stripped of natural nutrition, highly processed, has added preservatives, artificial flavours and colours added, and is possibly genetically modified and not to mention has incredible amounts of bad sugars added in so it tastes better makes us feel like crap!
And how does nourishing food connect with cutting out sugar?
Well, think about it – the more conscious you are about eating nourishing food, the less of the bad stuff you’re likely to eat.
So if you’re swapping a soda for a green smoothie and you’re feeling the benefits of the nutritional boost you’re getting – you’ll learn very quickly that nourishment = happiness!
But somehow so many of us are not linking our wellbeing to the food we eat.
Too many of us are finally reaching out for help when we’re feeling sick and already have symptoms that interfere with our life. Not to mention start to have real health problems and diagnosis that need medical treatment… then you’re finally learning to fix your body and find health again.
Too many of us do this… look for health once it starts to fall apart….
Well… my advice is this. It’s never too late to eat better and look after yourself.
It doesn’t matter if you’re nourishing a baby (even still during pregnancy), or are feeding a growing child, or have a tween or a teen, or maybe you are a busy student or are busy creating your career or are a busy mom with little sleep, or an older man who’s no longer feeling his best or a grandma who’s starting to be forgetful and isn’t as quick on the stairs like she used to be…. we all need nourishment and love and support.
We’re all the same. Our bodies are all the same.
Every single one of us needs nourishment in the form of quality food. Healthy food nourishes our whole body; our brain, our organs, our heart, our blood, our skin, our hormones, our cells… everything.
You neglect your diet and you’ll probably see a change your your mood and wellbeing. Your body needs a regular dose of vitamins and minerals from food everyday – it’s a fact.
So for today’s challenge, look at your diet and asses where you could improve? Maybe that second cup of coffee could be replaced by a green juice or smoothie or simply water with lemon?
Maybe you could swap fries for a salad? Maybe it’s reaching for an apple instead of those M&Ms!? (this one is for my husband and I hope he reads my posts!)
The choices are right there – you just have to make them! :)
And don’t forget to share your experiences so that we can all help each other!