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40 Days Without Junk

SUGAR-Cravings

Where did April go? I feel like I’ve been trying to hash this post out for a while now. Well, happy May! I hope you all have great plans for this beautiful Spring. In March, I decided I needed to take some time away from junk food for Lent. I chose this for a couple reasons,  obviously for my health and also because it’s one of my biggest weaknesses. I absolutely love candy but I don’t love what it does to me. It was starting to affect my progress and training.

Did you know that sugar cravings are actually caused by sugar ingestion? The more you eat, the more you crave. It’s a viscious cycle created when your blood sugar falls it affects your impulse control. Sometimes a girl just wants a few candies to get her through a stressful day but noooo your body is too greedy for that.

I learned a lot in 40 days without junk food. I learned that junk food is a very broad term, especially for someone like me that classifies Kraft peanut butter in that category. I decided to narrow it down to basics – chips, pop, candies, chocolate, donuts, ect. basically all the things that bring me joy on the weekend.

What I didn’t realize when I made this goal, was all the things that are on the fence of junk food category. Cutting out junk food did nothing for the long list of other treats I chose instead. Burgers, pizza, sugar filled granola bars, coffee drinks, the list goes on!

That was my biggest realization in this process. It’s kind of like giving up fast-food for 40 days but eating out every night at a restaurant. It’s not any better for you but atleast you kept your promise.

On a more positive note, I did teach myself how to control my mind. Despite the many nights I begged Glen for some candies, I never once gave in. I was in complete control of my diet and my choices.

Would I do the 40 day challenge again? Probably not. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it and I can, but I don’t believe in deprivation. Candy was on my mind all the time for those 40 days just because I couldn’t have it. After Easter, I don’t think I’ve thought twice about having some candy, except for now because I’m writing about it. Pass the gummy bears! Oh wait, that defeats the purpose of all this…

For now, I’m just going to cut back on my every day sugar intake. I’ve switched from table sugar to stevia in my coffee, I’m drinking herbal iced tea when my sweet cravings hit and enjoying apple nachos when I want a treat. Be mindful and you’ll have your healthy balance to bliss.

Did you give something up for Lent this year? I’d love to hear about your experience.

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