So, how do I feel after 30 days on a sugar-free diet?
Summary: Good. Not life changing, but solid. Lost weight, gained diversity.
Here’s a run down of the changes.
- I’ve lost weight.
While that wasn’t the intention going into this, it’s pretty remarkable to see how the pounds have shifted. And interestingly, I’ve been working out less this month and abstaining from cardio (mostly because I wasn’t sure how I’d feel without my usual carbs holding me up). Who knew that you could eat whole avocadoes and cashews and get leaner? But I did. Rather satisfying for a 41-year-old who’s heard a bushel-full of stories about aging and inevitable weight gain.
- Lean strength, slightly wimpier.
Usually I’m a TRX/ YFit fiend, but this month I’ve been holding off. Combination of a whacked out travel schedule and also just taking a break. So I noticed that I’ve lost some strength, but whether that’s because of the diet or because I’ve been a lazy ass is hard to tell. But what I have done instead is gone back to the fundamentals of integrity. Alignment. Glutes. Stabilizers. Posture. So although I don’t feel “YFit” strong right now (Travis’s YYoga class would kick my butt), I feel lean and strong. Yoga strong, if you will. Lighter. As if because I’ve bulked down, I’m not relying on the superficial muscles strength to pull me through, but am exploring how I can be more integrated. I’m interested to add some YFit/ TRX back into my world and see what happens.
- I have a caffeine addiction.
This is not news at all, actually.
But let’s just say that I like treats. And when you’re sugar free, hot beverages are treats. I don’t think I’m going to kick my caffeine habit soon, but it’s something that bears exploring. September, perhaps? Eeeeee, just the thought makes me cringe. I have to choose a month where it’s okay if I’m cranky for a couple days.
- I have discovered new foods.
- SQUASH. You’ve heard me wax eloquent. So good.
- Bouillon. Yes, you got it. Put some bouillon in a mug with hot water, make yourself some broth, and yum!
- Nuts. I always stayed away from them because they seemed so high in fat and hard to digest. Now I’m a nut fiend. Still not sure it’s great for my digestion, I’ll start soaking those suckers the night before (thanks Steph Belding for that tip!).
- GDS: good done simple. Good foods, simply done. Roast them, bake them, eat them, and you’re good.
- Spices! Curry is my favorite, easiest go to. Bake it on cauliflower. Trying out a medley of rubs that are pre-mixed. And salt. Yes, salt. Not too much, but wow! No wonder people like this stuff.
- Bubbly water. I’ve been thirsty this month. Enter a slight (ahem, severe) Pellegrino obsession.
- Avocado. Cut it open, add a little salt, eat. Yum.
- Cucumber. Cut up, drizzled with a bit of salt. Perfect snack.
- Coconut oil. On everything.
Verdict? Will I continue?
It’s been strangely easy. Now, I do think I need to watch a couple of creeping crutches, such as salt, caffeine, and nut intake. And I’m curious to feel my body as I add more cardio and strength building exercises into my routine.
One of the unexpected benefits of embarking on this adventure has been the community. So many wonderful people have come forward to share their success stories, commiserate, and jump on the challenge wagon. I’m excited to participate in our August challenges and see how we all fare – to share our go-to solutions, our unexpected discoveries, and greatest challenges.
If you’re interested, jump on board our Page with us and begin your August revolution! It can be as mild or as full on as you like. Do the month, or just come in for the week. Starting August 1 (aw heck, I’m posting late – join on in August 2nd!) and August 9th.
I celebrated the end of my first 30 days last night by sharing a glass of Dom Perignon with a girlfriend. Um, awesome. It was sugary. And divine.