Add to that title, Groggy.
How can you be gorging yourself of food and be more hungry at the same time?
So this is what has happened. I gave up sugar for four months. My body was a temple. I hadn’t changed my exercise routine but all of a sudden it was paying off. My energy was balanced. My metabolism was balanced. Best of all my hormones were balanced which of course balanced my skin. RESULT!
Honestly I could feel those extra podgy bits just come away within the first week of my no sugar diet. ONE WEEK! Goodbye love handles and double chin.
So I fell off the ‘no sugar wagon.’
I didn’t fall flat on my face. In fact when I gave in due to travel and extra work commitments, I didn’t feel as though I wanted to wade deep into chocolate, alcohol and ready-made sauces. But the pasta, bread and potatoes were quite easy to chow down on. Oh spaghetti how I had missed you.
I do feel as though I have to let you know at this point that I’m not, nor have I ever been the health queen you would assume I am. I have hated vegetables for as long as I can remember. Maybe something to do with having sugar coated taste buds since a young age. And looking at some of those pale, drawn, bone thin ‘health experts’ of the early 2000’s, made me think, “Na. I’m heathy enough. So what if I don’t get my 5 a day.” Hmmm try telling that to your body in your 30’s and 40’s.
Also, I am not trying to sell a ‘thing’ here. I have published no book. No online subscription to get you to want more and more. I just feel it’s my duty to promote healthy living and get you on the road to healthy skin.
And I’m a very busy person. Like you, like most of us nowadays. I expect things to happen quickly and I have no time. On average I work a 63 hour week. Have 2 hours a week for exercise and the rest of the time is spent walking the dog, eating/cooking, getting to and from places and sleeping.
This series of blogs is for the busy person. It takes planning and prioritising but once you get into the swing of it, it really does make a change in your life for the long term. And remember you’ll be more balanced so you’ll be able to cope better with all that a busy life throws at you.
So here we are right back at the beginning. And I’d like for you to join me. What have you got to loose, except for a couple of kg’s for summer?
Getting your head into the game
It’s not a complicated thing. All you have to do is check out and start learning how much sugar is in the things you’re eating. Then make your choice as to whether or not this is keeping within your sugar intake.
It’s recommended that women have 6 teaspoons of sugar a day and men have 9 teaspoons a day. I didn’t initially count but interestingly it has worked out that being really sugar conscious I probably get around 6 – 7 teaspoons a day which includes the honey I have in my coffee to the sugars I get in my vegetables.
Here is my check list for getting started:-
- ‘Sweet Poison’ by David Gillespie.
- If you prefer more pictures than words get ‘That Sugar Book.’ By Damon Gameau. This also has recipes for you.
- the backs of packages and tins to get a feel for how much sugar is in things. You’ll be shopping round the outside of the supermarket in no time
- ‘That Sugar Film’ also by Damon Gameu and friends. This will really seal the information in. If you're a local you can rent it here at Aro Video the best dvd store in Wellington.
- your kitchen. Food processors, blenders, slow cookers are all great if you’re a busy person trying to make a change for the long term.
- clear out the crap. There are going to be weak times.
- clear your diary, just for the first few weeks so that you can avoid those social (drinking) situations. Unless you’re super strong at eating out and avoiding breads, sauces and alcohol. You’re a stronger person than me.
- have something ready for those times when you know you’ll fancy a sweet something. Start collecting recipes now that will see you through these situations. (Next week's blog will give you the recipe that gets me through the morning/afternoon tea wobble.)
- that 4g of sugar = 1 teaspoon.
- to be aware of the critics. So much big business is behind our humongous sugar consumption and they have been brain washing us for years.
- lots of people won’t understand and it’s going to take a long time for people to fully accept that the no fat, calorie counting days are over.
- if you want to help change people’s opinion, read up on this subject and follow excellent social media groups like "That Sugar Film's' facebook page. I'm not being paid by them, honest.
- we are only just being enlightened ourselves now.
But most of all, put this as your number one priority above everything else just to begin with, till you’ve got into the swing of it. Then you will hardly have to think about it. You won’t be able to eat a whole bar of dairy milk or guzzle down wine. Your temple of a body won’t let you. Then you will be able to go out for dinner or a get together and have some of those foods. Yet switch back into your non processed ways and look and feel great. WooooHooo!
I can’t wait to get back into it.
Till next week.
Skin Treatment Therapist
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