I posted last week about my Word Of The Year for 2021. The word I have chosen is Health, with the theme being #2021YearOfHealth.
My plan is to have a monthly theme, in order to review, and reset, any bad habits, which may have crept in during 2020. My theme for January is Eat Less Sugar. It was going to be No Sugar, but I don’t want to stress myself too much with this challenge. The reason I’m choosing to eat less sugar in January, is that it will be a great way to reverse some of the excesses of Christmas and to kick off my #2020YearofHealth. I’m not trying to be perfect. All I am trying to do in 2020 is to try a few things out.
Some may remember that I gave chocolate up completely in September 2019. I allowed myself to eat it during the Christmas period of 2019, and also at Easter 2020. Each time, I was able to get myself back, and gave up chocolate again, immediately following these periods. What I’m very surprised to be able to say now, is that I can take it or leave it. Chocolate no longer has it’s hold over me.
I again allowed myself to eat chocolate, over the Christmas/New Year period just gone, and stopped on 1st January. Even though I haven’t eaten chocolate since then, I haven’t yet decided whether my no chocolate challenge will continue for the entire year. I will keep it going for the next few weeks, mainly to fit in with Less Sugar in January. At the end of January, I plan to re-assess.
As I said, my intention in January is to Eat Less Sugar, as I have been doing now for the past 8 days. I’m feeling quite good about it today. From day 4-8, I had slight “sugar withdrawal” headaches. There is no sign of those headaches today, so perhaps I am through the worst of it. Time will tell.
To set out a bit of a less sugar plan for myself, I turned to Sarah Wilson’s amazing book, I Quit Sugar. This book has been on my bookshelf, since it was first published in 2013, and I refer to it often. Back then, I gave up sugar completely for three months, following the advice in this book. I now have many of Sarah’s books, so there is no shortage of information available to me.
The book has a huge amount of hints and tips about giving up sugar, as you would expect. However, as my intention is to eat less sugar and not to quit sugar completely, I will be picking and choosing which bits of advice I’d like to take on. I’m not making a complete commitment, but just trying the program out in my own way.
There are also many fantastic recipes in this book. Some that I’ve tried in the past, and others that I plan to try for the first time. Later today, I will be making Coco-Nutty Granola, which to me sounds so yum. I will let you know.
- Given up snacking on sweet treats, and have been trying to eat 2 serves of fruit each day, usually berries, or peaches from our tree. Almonds have also been added as an easy snack
- Green veggies. I love them, but have increased the quantities at each meal. I’ve also added salads without dressing, to my meals. But I wouldn’t have eaten dressing previously anyway so that was easy.
- Eaten much more protein than usual, ensuring that I have it at every meal. As I’m mostly pescatarian, I tend to eat too little protein, unless I’m intentional about it
- Organising meals. This has been my habit for years, but lately I’ve fallen into the habit of not doing it
- Introduced herbal teas. I’m loving my cup of lemon or peppermint tea, as an afternoon pick-me-up.
- Increased my daily water intake. Once again, old bad habits have crept in, especially as I’m exercising very little at the moment, due to my broken arm.
These are about the only changes I’ve made so far, but we are only 9 days into January. I should say that my Less Sugar challenge is not meant as a diet or as a way to lose weight. All I’m expecting by the end of January, is an improved feeling of wellbeing. I am wondering if eating less sugar will affect my sleeping patterns. I don’t sleep well most nights, so it would be a huge bonus, if I was sleeping better by the end of the month.
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