The Chocolate Box – Day 6

Yesterday was hard, and for no particular reason.

But out of all 5 days of eating no sugar (and of course after I called the sugar fast “fun”), I really, really wanted to cheat.

There’s a small square box of chocolates sitting on our kitchen counter. I bought it before the sugar fast began, and I know there’s two more pieces sitting in there.

Last night after dinner it took all of my strength not to eat one.

You’d think I would throw the box away so it wouldn’t even be a temptation, but I can’t bring myself to do that. Honestly, I’m not sure why.

Maybe it’s I don’t want to be wasteful.

Maybe I’m saving it in case someone comes over and wants a treat.

Or maybe I literally need to set the hope in front of me, reminding me this sugar depravity isn’t forever.

One day I’ll be freely eating after-dinner chocolate again.

Celebrate Good Times – Day 5

Today’s update – so far so good. I’m holding strong and sticking to my sugar fast.

I’ve been surprised with myself because not only have I skipped over all candy, chocolate and cakes but I’ve not had any honey or pure maple syrup either – things I consider natural sweeteners.

I am eating a lot of whole fruits in case you’re wondering – it’s helping me keep going.

But my mind is missing sugar more than my body.

Sugar – The Great Gatherer

I began to reflect yesterday on why I love sugar so much. Of course part of it’s the taste – I can’t deny I’ve got a sweet tooth. Plain and simple – I love sugary stuff.

But I’m really doing OK not eating it… I mean I miss it but I am living fine without it.

It got me thinking – maybe my love of sugar is deeper than my palate. Maybe I love sugar because of what it often means to me.

I realized sugar is often used to bring us together and create moments to enjoy.

I bake a batch of cookies and my household congregates to the kitchen.

We celebrate a birthday and everyone circles around a beautiful iced cake.

Cheers with margaritas bring out the smiles and end the day on a high note.

Cinnamon rolls gather us around the table where we talk and laugh with one another.

Freedom With Sugar

I’m glad I’m doing this sugar fast because it’s helping me be very mindful about how much of it I eat.

I’ve still got a lot to learn about how to adequately moderate it once it’s incorporated back into my diet. (I can’t not return to baking!)

But I’m also uncovering why I have such a deep love and appreciation for it – I cherish the moments sugary foods have helped create; they are some of the most meaningful in my life.

And while that doesn’t mean I’m going to end my sugar fast today, it does mean today I’m pausing to be grateful.

To experience the freedom that says sugar isn’t all bad but on the contrary, it brings a lot of good – a lot of wonderful, sweet people and experiences into my life.

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Together – Day 4

I received two texts yesterday from two different friends wanting to join me in the sugar fast. If you too are eliminating sugar from your diets for the next month – let me know!

And welcome!

I didn’t just love hearing from friends, but I loved how one of them put it,

“I know I’ll do better with a tiny bit of accountability.”

Preach, sister.

I’m fortunate to report my no-sugar streak is holding firm. And, I believe it’s been less of a burden since I’m not doing it alone.

Mike and our roommate Nicole have also given up our late night ice cream splurges (shh don’t tell Mae.) My workout buddies are leading the 45 Day Challenge. And like I mentioned on Day 1, doing this during Lent connects me to a global community that’s also giving things up right now.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually having *fun* so far. (I think blogging about it helps.)

It doesn’t mean I didn’t struggle last night when I wanted to order the honey chicken and sugar-coated donuts for our Chinese New Year celebration.

It doesn’t mean I didn’t put my hands on my forehead from the struggle of not eating a piece of chocolate after dinner.

But it does mean I made it through, much in part to the people cheering me on – whether they’re participating in the sugar fast or not.

Funny how longstanding life lessons come back around time after time: It’s not good to be alone.

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I Need Your Help!

In the spirit of togetherness – can you help me? I’m running low on healthy sugar-free snack ideas. Have any good ones? Leave a reply below!!

Thoughts and Prayers – Day 3

Without thinking, I almost ate some Frosted Mini Wheats yesterday afternoon. I was hungry and I hadn’t had much to eat.

A creature of habit, I opened the cabinet and had my outstretched arm nearly gripping the orange box when it registered – there’s sugar on them.

I put the box down.

This happened again after dinner when I opened the freezer and almost cheated on cookie dough.

Not because I intentionally wanted to break my sugar fast within the first three days of starting it, but because my body and mind are so pre-programmed to eat without thinking.

Being mindful to act differently is not just a matter of willpower or good intentions, I’m having to carefully examine every thought right now and choose to act differently.

Keeping my goals of the sugar fast in sight helps.

Yesterday as I was undergoing my own mindfulness exercises, I saw the trending news headlines about displeasure with some of our representatives for their responses regarding the Florida high school shooting.

Many feel “thoughts and prayers” they’ve offered on social media aren’t enough.

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