The worst part about this challenge, my March no-added-sugar challenge, isn’t that I have to avoid all sugary foods in my life right now, it’s that I feel good. Hence, Part 3 of my Sugar Free Chronicles, Damn it, I feel good. If you missed them -> Part 1: Day 1 and Part 2: One week down.
I ultimately decided to not drink during this challenge as well. I started justifying alcohol in my mind as something that doesn’t technically contain added sugar, it’s really more fermented wheat and grapes and is basically an old salad that gives you a buzz, but then I figured if I’m going all in with this sugar thing, I might as well not drink either. The fun police have arrived.
When I joined friends for drinks on Saturday and they asked why I was sipping club soda with lime instead of being a beer snob who asks the waitress about the various ambers she has on tap, I had to confess I was trying not to drink this month. I told them that the worst part was, I FELT BETTER. I don’t drink a lot, but I enjoy beer and the occasional glass of red sangria so it wasn’t a huge deal to stop drinking, but it’s instances where it would be habitual to drink that you notice the conscious choice. Not drinking leaves me first of all, less dehydrated on Saturday mornings, less bloated, and less “full of beer” feeling. It’s quite lovely. Imagine that.
I did a similar challenge with my mom last spring, where we removed added sugar from our diet in April and I had completely forgotten about one AMAZING result from this challenge – BETTER SLEEP. My sleep pattern seems to better regulate itself. I am waking up before my alarm now and feeling like I can just get up and take on my day instead of needing a solid hour or two to even feel awake. Don’t get me wrong, I know it could be a result of a lot of different factors like my conscious effort to read instead of scroll Instagram before bed or a coincidentally more consistent time I crawl into bed, but it has been significantly noticeable in the last week how much better my sleep pattern is.
It sucks really, how great this challenge is making my body feel because then that means I should probably try to continue a slightly less strict version of this after the official challenge is over. I think the hardest part is that our environment is not set up for this. As a society, we add sugar to SO MUCH and unless you are making all meals at home or really selecting carefully where you eat out, it’s hard. All I know, is I’ve been doing this challenge for two weeks now and my sleep/hair/workouts/life feel pretty damn good.
Have you ever tried something that had a weird consequence on your health/sleep/energy?
What was the best workout you did this past week?
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