IS SUGAR THE ENEMY? 😈
So what did I experience from 40 days without refined sugar/desserts?
⏺Despite being v hard (I did mess up once/twice) it got easier towards the end ⏺I appreciate fruit way more ❤️ ⏺
I don’t actually need dessert everyday - sometimes its just out of habit/boredom
⏺Adding artificial sweeteners to everything = major bloating 💨
⏺Sugar free foods + drink can be hit or miss (jelly is pretty good though) ⏺
The pain of turning down sweets/or watching others having dessert is real 😭
⏺My skin actually cleared up a little ⏺
I ate more fibre that I was before thanks to the fruit
⏺I got more creative with snacks e.g making chia jam with berries, cream cheese crackers etc
Now I gave up sugar for lent purely bc I knew it would be a challenge due to my massive sweet tooth 👅+ I’d never attempted it so I wanted to see if I could. I’m glad that I tried it but I don’t intend to cut it out or deny myself from having some sweets/dessert when I want it. It was just interesting to see any effects. •
I’ve also learned that sugar may not be the enemy that it’s often portrayed to be because:
1️⃣No single factor works in isolation when it comes to health.
2️⃣Although some studies have concluded that it increases the risk of high blood pressure, cholesterol, type 2 diabetes & obesity etc, it seems that this might actually be due to excess calories in the diet which high sugar intake can certainly contribute to, but so can high fat/carb intake rather than purely sugar.
3️⃣Physical activity 🏃♀️, sleeping habits 😴 etc also have to be taken into consideration.
4️⃣If you’re eating majority nutrient dense foods daily then what impact is having some chocolate everyday going to make in the long run? Probably not much. 🤷🏾♀️
So instead of feeling guilt about sugar/other foods, perhaps consider not giving food moral value which just causes unnecessary anxiety and cravings. No food is inherently “good” or “bad” - it’s just food. Give yourself permission to eat all foods rather than cutting them out 👍🏾 anyway after all that, the main point is that I thoroughly enjoyed this @creamscafeuk Bueno waffle 😍😍 literally drowning in chocolate!! 🍫