I’m back from my (pretty short) work trip to New Orleans! It kicked my butt like it usually does, but at least I’m not sick. (I always come home sick.)
I’ve been thinking about a new challenge for a couple of weeks. I’m sending it out into the world in the hopes that it will take longer than two days to completely give up.
For the whole month of October, I will (try to) be off sugar. In my head, It’s “No Sugar October.” But in all honesty, it’s really just “Less Sugar October.” I’m going to allow foods with a little bit of sugar. I’m really talking about white sugar, refined sugar, sweets, junk food.
I’m allowing fruits (maybe some dried fruits), Stevia (and maybe some other artificially sweetened things), and a couple of grams here or there in packaged foods. I think the rule of thumb I heard years ago is that you should aim for less than 5 grams per serving. I’ll give myself that.
No ice cream, pie, cookies, or cake. No chocolate. No syrupy, desserty coffee in the morning.
No duck sauce; I’m not sure what I’m decide about ketchup and other condiments.
No more sweet or fruit wines; real red wine is ok.
I’m forgoing any other monthly goals. This is my goal. To stick with it for 31 days.
I did this once before, maybe four years ago. Before that challenge even started, I was forty pounds lighter, happier, more balanced. And I lasted less than one month. I had 2.5 good weeks. I felt committed, in control, and healthy. Even a little cocky. And then I missed ice cream. And I fell into a super-processed, artificially-sweetened downward spiral. I realized that that wasn’t what I was after, and I wasn’t being any healthier or better to my body than I had been before that. So I gave it up early.
I have no idea how it will go this time. I might be too lazy or too weak to see it out.
But something needs to change. Several things need to change from my current diet. And this one feels like as good a place to start as any.
* It might have been wrong of me to share sugary photos in this post. But it felt fitting. Think of it as a farewell.
I’m linking up with The Nectar Collective to share my monthly goal.