Day 33 – I’m in LOVE!!


Not with what you might think, but with this Challenge!  I can’t believe how impossible it felt to first of all, cut out sugar.  Now that I’ve come this far, it’s the last thing I want to put in my body. Gross!  I’m still sniffling away, but found myself with much more energy than I usually would after work.  I even sweated it out for a quick workout at the gym since it’s beneficial to do light exercise when you’re feeling not so great – it did it’s job!

I haven’t really had to cut too much out from my diet. Basically only cream in my coffee (which I’m now drinking black, but find myself not needing/ craving coffee nearly as much), oatmeal & quinoa (who I don’t miss yet), peanut butter (that was a sad love affair which needed to end or at least be cut back – TOO MANY SPOONFULS A DAY!), and that’s pretty much it.  Instead of reaching for a quick fix snack, I’ve topped up my fridge with smoothies.  The ‘Twizzle My Nizzle’ as I like to call them!  I throw in anything healthy that’s around, nothing too specific: banana, orange, apple, kale, spinach, almond butter, avocado, romaine lettuce, coconut milk/almond milk, frozen berries, and whatever else might taste good!  I’ve even put a bunch in the freezer for my lunches.  If you recommend anything else, please let me know.  I’m loving any advice.

This all started with a 4 day challenge to stop eating sugar.  From your comments, it seems like there’s more 4 day cut-out-the-crack challengers – I’m stoked for you!  I have a feeling this is gonna be good.  Only 3 days in, and I’m feeling clean.  Already.  37 more days to go in the challenge for JC and I, and who knows, I might make the majority of this my lifestyle.  I’ll continue letting you know how I’m feeling throughout the way.

Here’s some of the meals I’ve been having so far:

Breakfasts: hardboiled egg with avocado, yams, grapefruit and a smoothie.  And for today it was 1 scrambled egg + egg whites with asparagus, spinach and mushrooms.  Filled me up for at least 4 hours.

Lunches: chicken salad with soup (See Recipes under Healthy Eats!)

Dinners: Ground turkey veggie stirfry for day one, salmon with asparagus, avocado & salad last night, and tonight I had a tuna salad with everything I could find: spinach, kale, carrots, cucumbers, red/green/yellow pepper, apricots & blueberries, cilantro, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and shredded beets. Feeling Great!  I’ll have some more interesting recipes to start adding to the list soon :)

I’ll leave you with this inspiration for the day:

Don’t be afraid to fall in love. It’s the only thing that matters in life. Just fall in love with as many things as possible.

Smile with your heart!

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25 comments

  1. Really want to try this challenge. Being a little chicken standing in the wings. I eat pretty well, but my vice is Toblerone. Also, very concerned I couldn’t give up coffee. I use Agave and just a touch of cream. I love coffee, but it is the habit as well. Tough. Think I may try. Doing great, keep it up!
    Suzanne

    • You’re better off putting regular sugar or honey in your coffee if you’re going to use agave, as it is 95% fructose – higher than high fructose corn syrup! Also I found, for me a little cream is ok, so long as it is organic and preferably raw, it is good for melting fat (fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does – our bodies know what to do with fat, plus once you stop eating sugar you stop craving it). From my research a little coffee is ok, again so long as it is organic, not straight after working out though! This is just what works for me, and I don’t want to come across funny! Also I could never give up coffee, I did it once for lent and that was enough!

  2. I would love to give this Challenge a try! I just don’t know if I can give up chocolate!! Do you find that you are craving anything weird? Usually when I cut something out of my diet, I get strange cravings. For your smoothies, you should try to add ground flax or chia seed for the omegas and extra fiber (since you are cutting out grains)–when I went GF, my nutritionist suggested the same thing. Flax in a smoothie can taste a little “flaxy” but its easily masked with lots of fruit :)

    • Hey Hannah!! Thanks for the reminder! I too add flax and chia seeds in, I just forgot to mention that! We all need a little extra fiber :) Thanks!

  3. Try Green Tea instead of coffee. Use fresh cold water to start. When it comes to a boil, turn it off and let it sit for 8 to 10 minutes, Then add to green tea (bag or loose in a strainer) let steep for only 2 minutes so it will not be bitter. This is nectar for a Goddess!!!

    • I’ve been drinking more green tea lately and am really enjoying it. I too love my coffee, so I don’t know if I’d ever switch completely over, but it’s nice to mix it up (for now!). Thanks for the tips Cher!

  4. Wow! Good for you. The only time I don’t want sweets is when I am sick!! hahaha It is definitely something i want to try-life without sugar-at least for a while. I use honey to sweeten things and check food labels. There is sugar in SO MANY FOODS!!!
    Your meals look so healthy…will you be my personal chef??? I really admire your choices and discipline.

    • hahaha. Yeah, I thought it would be a lot harder. I’m really really enjoying having no sugar! Plus, it feels empowering to give something up and to be doing so well. Just try 4 days!! :) haha.. and I wish I had my own chef!!! lol Thanks for the encouragement :)

  5. Have you looked up some raw food recipes? It might add some more variety into the meals you make :) if you find a raw chocolate cake, try it! Sooo good.

    Good luck!

    • Raw chocolate cake?? What?!! I HAVE to look this up!!! Any sugar in it?? Or all cocoa?? If you have a good recipe you recommend, please share!!! :)

  6. Your food looks super yummy. I don’t think you need interesting recipes, just seeing so much colour and green on a plate is super inviting and makes my mouth water, plus I like simple to make stuff (I’m a bit lazy!). How much fruit are you having a day? I avoid smoothies etc as they concentrate the sugars in foods, though I guess by the looks of it you just blend up whole stuff – it’s really important to get the huge fibre hit with the fructose that comes in fruit! Flax is amazing as well, as Hannah said, I like it sprinkled though salads as it has a nice nutty flavour – something that might hit the spot for you given your penchant for PB!

    Keep going strong! I did a mini challenge the other day of no ‘healthy’ snacking – so no nut butters, berries, etc, instead I ate mini meals of protein and greens, the little shake up was amazing, plus it really makes you think about how we use food in everyday life – a reward at the end of a stressful day, after dinner treats, something to get you through the mid arvo slump… I love food, and I love the social aspects of food but in the end it is really just fuel so that we can do life!

    • Great advice with the flax on salads – I always forget to add that on there, will do next time for sure. I admire your challenge of protein and greens for mini meals – that can be tough to do. Nice job! It’s always easy grabbing what is convenient, but in the end it feels good to fuel up with healthy and powerful eats!

  7. Can you tell us how your change in eating habits reflect on your workouts? I am Indian and i eat rice everyday with my cooked vegetables. When i skip eating rice for a day , i can see a decrease in the energy i have when i workout. Thank you.

  8. Loving loving loving this clean eating and the sense of calmness and conscious living that come along with this way of being. It’s amazing how the temptation goes away when you really want something. I went to the movies and let me tell you…. Popcorn is one of my favorite treats in the whole world!!!!!… And even with my husband diggin into a big large popcorn right beside me I didn’t touch a morsel! And he’s been eating all sorts or “treats” around me since it started and he has every right to as this is my thing right now and not his. I chose not to even bring it up and make a big deal about it. I figure if I complain about what other people chose to eat that it defeats the whole purpose, which for me is finding balance.

    • So true though… and if we aren’t complaining or commenting on what we or other people are eating, it automatically becomes more of a lifestyle. Leading through Living :)

  9. This is fantastic JT!!! so wise, pre-blending!! .. I have a crush on your blender! ha! xo

  10. I love this challenge and hopefully with a liitle more time everyone you’ve inspired to tag along sees your amazing experience as more of a lifestyle than a challenge. We only have one body… It’s important, like you say to pour as much love as possible into it…love ALWAYS gives back:) I was a chunky kid…fricken loved, lovedand still love my groceries… But you know when I was my smallest and most toned was when my baby started eating her first foods. It was important for me to feed her the best I could.. No pablum crap for her…only homed veggies (froze into ice cube trays for easy serving) and good food with no sugar–Sundays were mega prep days but I loved it!! I found that I ate almost exactly what she ate and loved it and never felt hungry or deprived! It’s tougher to feed her so well now ( she is a cookie and chocolate freak) but it’s all in balance. So kudos to you super girl for sharing the gift of health!! You sooooo rock!! P.s. Love the quote!!

  11. Hey Jenn! Once again, just wanted to say how addicted I am to your blog :) You inspired me (as well as many others, I’m sure) to try out this challenge – I’m on day 2! I found this great recipe that you should try sometime, it’s delicious! I found it off of a website, but am now blanking on which website that was :/ Anyway, I hope you’re doing better and here’s the recipe :)

    Baked Salmon
    Makes 4 servings
    -4 salmon fillets
    -4 tbsp coconut oil
    -4 tsp chopped dill
    -16 sprigs fresh asparagus
    -4 med. red beets, cut in cubes

    1. Preheat oven to 500 F
    2. Line 4 pieces of foil with a fillet on a bed of beet cubes and 4 asparagus
    3. Add 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tsp dill on each fillet and close foil (I only added about 1/2 a tbsp of coconut oil and it still tasted great:))
    4. Bake for 10 min per inch of the thickness of the fillet

    Just ate this today and it was very filling :)

    • This sounds AMAZING!! I’m definitely going to try this!! Thank you! And that’s awesome you’re doing the challenge – how do you feel so far??!!

      • I feel great! I’ve had a bit of a head ache the past few days but I’m sure it’s just the withdrawal from the no-sugar :) This has been a lot easier than I thought! It’s the eating out at restaurants part that makes me nervous haha.

    • I just made this and it was AWESOME!! I posted it under the recipes tab!! Thanks MANDY!! YOU ROCK!

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