Friday, September 12, 2014

BBL 2013-2014 | Follow a Sugar Free Diet for 30 Days


#22 FOLLOW A SUGAR FREE DIET FOR 30 DAYS

Why did I include this on my Bucket List?

Originally I had put 'follow a gluten free diet for 30 days' on my bucket list because I thought it was possible that I had a gluten sensitivity.  However, after doing some reading and research, I decided that I didn't think gluten was my issue after all.  Instead, I began thinking that my body was having a hard time processing sugar.  So I decided to go sugar free for a month to see how I responded.

Was the experience what I had hoped it would be?

I'm not going to claim for a second that eliminating sugar from diet has been easy!  It has taken a lot of time and effort to do this, but it has been well worth it.  Since giving up sugar, 100% of my digestive issues have been eliminated, and I feel about a thousand times better.

The details...

I spent a few months leading up to this eating change as I slowly eliminated the prepackaged, processed foods from my kitchen, and began replacing them with more natural foods.  Eventually, I managed to eliminate everything containing sugar from our house and replace it all with non-sugar varieties where possible.

I'm not going to claim that I've been perfect in my efforts, though.  I've eaten out a few times in the past 30 days, which is a guarantee that the food I ate contained sugar.  I had a few sips of soda on two separate occasions, but much to my surprised, it tasted completely disgusting, like it was full of nothing but chemicals. And I did cave in and have some frosted brownies, which sadly, tasted like pure heaven on a plate, so clearly my tastebuds have a way to go to adapt to the reduced sugar.  However, since I'm not eating processed foods all that often, it's been crazy how salty things are starting to taste when I do indulge.

As I mentioned in my recent self-portrait, it is my intent to make this a permanent lifestyle change because of how much better I feel!  Not to mention how much healthier it is for me.

Do you want to see my entire 2013-2014 Birthday Bucket List?  You can find it here. Did you miss my 2012-2013 List? You can find it here.  Or my 2011-2012 List? You can find it here.

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