I eat too much sugar. In fact, there are some days that I eat more dessert than “real” food. (Hence, not posting all of my meals and the likely culprit for my recent weight gain.)
Of course, I don’t think there is anything wrong with enjoying a little sugar every now and then—this blog is called Carrots ‘N’ Cake after all—but I’ve been really overdoing it lately.
At first, I really enjoyed these sugary indulges. I love eating dessert, so why not enjoy them to the fullest, especially during the holidays? I knew that I wasn’t eating many nutritious foods, but it didn’t bother me… until my body started to feel the effects:
- My appetite is all over the place.
- My cravings are out-of-control.
- I feel like I’m never fully satisfied.
- I had four cavities at my last visit to the doctor.
- I experience mood swings.
- My energy and motivation are low.
- I feel lethargic and useless.
- Eating sweets sometimes doesn’t satisfy my sugar cravings
The final straw was when my skin started to break out like crazy. When that happens, I know that I’m not treating my body well. Clearly, something needed to change.
In the past 6 months or so, it’s safe to say that my eating habits have definitely changed, but not for the better! I used to eat healthy, nutritious foods 80% of the time, but, nowadays, it’s more like 50% of the time. It seems that I’ve gotten a little lazy with my health.
If you don’t like something about yourself, change it.
Initially, I thought a sugar cleanse was the way to go, but who am I kidding? Give up sugar? I would fail miserably and, really, I just don’t want to do it. I live for dessert!!! I just need to eat less of it and more of the nutritious, wholesome stuff.
I realize that trying to cut back on sugar right before Christmas isn’t the most ideal time to do so, but I’ve made up my mind and want to get started. (Really, what’s the point of waiting until January 1st?) However, I’m not going to go crazy and ban all sugar from diet. I want to enjoy Christmas with my family, but I will keep it in mind.
Writing this post really helped me identify what’s going on and how I want to change my eating habits. I guess I needed to give myself a little reality check. I know that I’m still healthy, but I could definitely do better. In the end, I’m the only one accountable for my health.
I know that a bunch of people said they want to do a sugar cleanse with me. I’m not going to do a “traditional” sugar cleanse, but I’m going to work toward reducing my sugar intake. (I have lots of post ideas!) Yesterday, I started a little journal (just on a piece of paper that I keep on my desk) to help me determine when and why I crave sweets. Whenever a craving hits me, I record what time it happens, where I am, how I feel, what I am craving, and whether or not I give into the craving. If you want to start this challenge on Monday, I recommend doing the same thing. I think these notes will help give us some insight into our sugar cravings.
More to come! I’m just getting started!