Monday, 23 January 2017
a last hurrah
Sunday night I posted this photo above on my Instagram (I'm halloastrid if you want to follow me) with the following caption:
Starting tomorrow I'm quitting sweet treats (again). I did it for about three months last summer and it felt great. Hoping it will last longer this time. So, who's with me? (Birthday cake is allowed; honey and jam does not count as sweet treats.)
I don't do this to diet. I do it to feel good.
I have a huge sweet thooth and close to zero self-control. I suck at doing the sweets only on Saturdays thing. For me it works better to go cold turkey. Though, as mentioned, I do allow sweet spreads like honey and jam, and all kinds of fruit, of course. And the occational piece of birthday cake or other kind of treat in extra special occations. I'm not a complete fanatic!
It's not about quitting sugar completely; it's about quitting the massive amounts of chocolate, ice cream and pastries that I manage to stuff myself with. It's about trying to keep my blood sugar level more balanced and that way trying to avoid the sugar hangover headaches, plus the grumpiness and short-temperedness that too much sugar give me.
It's about appreciating the sweet taste of cherry tomatoes, a juicy orange and (almost too) sweet dates instead of constantly longing for the next bar of chocolate or box of Mövenpick chocolate ice cream (my favorite!). It's about drinking a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime instead of diving into the candy bowl once the kids are in bed.
I know from experience that the first days (week(s) maybe...) are the worst, both physically and mentally. I also know from experience that it is absolutely worth going through these challenges, because after a while the magic happens; my sweets cravings pretty much disappear and I start to feel more energetic. For real.
So guys, are with me? Project #Iquitsweettreats is on!