With help of my friend from Power Nutrition, I joined a sugar-free challenge. Monika was and is always supporting me with all my sporty life. She gives me advice on food and training. Best friend for sure, so I am always keen for her crazy ideas. 7 days sugar-free challenge was one of those crazy ideas.
However coming back to the Challenge: Sugar-free 7days.Everyone who knows me well knows how much I like my full-fat coke and a bit of chocolate.
So here is how it went:
First I needed to study what can be hidden sugar. All of below needed to be cut off:
- raw sugar, cane sugar, fruit juice concentrate, white sugar, brown sugar, agave syrup, agave nectar, honey, raw honey, stevia, tapioca, Yacon syrup, monk fruit extract, xylitol, maltitol, sorbitol, fructose, glucose, erythritol, palm sugar, coconut sugar, blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, brown rice syrup, invert sugar, sucrose, beet sugar, acesulfame K, aspartame, saccharin, date sugar, corn syrup, caramel, galactose, barley malt, maltodextrin, sorghum syrup and many more.
I failed straight away, as totally forgot I have signed for the challenge and there was me chewing my toast with jam. **** I forgot. I spoke with Monika and she said ok no problem, one small mistake continue and make sure it won’t happen again. Uff I am still in. Being curious woman I have checked labels and wow bread has added sugar (actually a lot of it).
Due to a busy weekend, I didn’t have time to make my lunch for Monday, so it was time for shopping lunch. I have checked every single label of the food that I normally eat for my lunch from Lidl. Oh gosh, literally everything has added sugar. Eventually, I found out a broccoli tart and some “fake bread”. As a dessert, I had a box of strawberries.
I was so disappointed with my graze box too. Out of 4 snacks, only 1 was without sugar. I am not going to continue with it. I really thought it is a healthy option.
How happy I was when I discovered that my cottage cheese from Lidl doesn’t have added sugar. However there was still a problem of sugar in bread, so I started looking online for alternative choice and it seems I can forget about bread for a week as even wraps have added sugar.
I have checked last night and everything in my household has a sugar. So time for some shopping. I went to Tesco this time. Yyy walking around and checking labels. I found nothing without sugar and then I walked into the gluten-free area. Wow, almost everything has no added sugar, even energy coconut ball doesn’t have a sugar. Amazing! A gluten-free week sounds much better than a sugar-free week.
Lunch was easier this time, I had soup from Tesco and bag of veg crisps which was the most disgusting thing I have ever eaten. Not a big fan of very salty things.
Feeling like I am starving all the time, but this is probably lack of sugar. I have managed to drink a lot of water and try not to think that I can not eat anything. On the other hand, the plus is I am 1kg down on my scale! Not that I wanted but with all the traveling recently I feel 2kg down would be better.I also already feel less bloated and light, but also very grumpy.
I found a ready-make pizza for dinner and there is no sugar. I feel it is defo easier to fail this challenge than I actually thought. Bring on day 3.
I am actually dying for something sweet and the world doesn’t help me either. I discovered another awful thing: puffed wheat, which I thought would be amazing as breakfast with milk. Just couldn’t go through the first bite.
The good side is that I had an amazing night sleep and still feel light in my stomach. The bad side is that I am even more hungry than yesterday. I stick to my 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and also 2 snacks time which usually is coke and some graze snack, but now it is only a fruit. Starving is the motto of my day. I also feel a bit grumpy and more frustrated with small things.
Today is even harder as someone has birthday cake at work, so me listing my hungry stomach is a big challenge. Literally, I can’t focus on things and feeling very frustrating.
Day 4 was easier than I thought. Actually, I didn’t miss anymore my silly sugary things. But the reason is I was super busy with work travelling to Belgium all day. I wonder what and how I will manage away from home.
How surprised I was! Firstly chef in the lounge made me porridge as I said I can’t have sugar. There was no problem for them at all. Amazing! As I really thought it will be difficult. Maybe Jolly of having a pass to lounges… During day I wasn’t even thinking of snacking, as I was at the meeting all day.
Lunch time?! Easy soup and I asked if it was made with sugar, a chef once again promised no sugar and I had some fruits. Winner.
Back to the airport and another lounge. So this time I have recieved freshly made fruit juice. I discovered that “cheese biscuits” have no sugar at all. SO a winner to have a bit of snack.
I knew it will be just easier and easier, however, I was going back to my homeland, where I normally eat everything not thinking about consequences. This time even harder as it was my parents anniversary so we were having amazing dinner.
On my 5th day, it was easy to say no to tempting things. Everyone was saying you can try this and this, but I kept strong! I have managed even without cake! Amazing. I can do this.
I struggled on Wednesday a lot and that feeling never came back again. Maybe it was easier than I was away? I don’t know, but on my 6th day I started thinking how amazing I feel with no bloated belly and my humour is constant happy (no moody jumps). I have decided that I will try to eat less and less of sugar on a daily basis when the challenge will finish. I wanted to continue with this.
Still back at my parents and I still find it easy to say no to sugary things, although grandma didn’t take it well that I said I don’t want her cake! Oh well. I have managed and I feel amazing.
It was tough to start! But then I felt amazing, my body felt amazing. No problem with feeling sick (as I do often) or heavy. I felt constantly happy and I will continue for sure. I also discovered that after 3 day I started to sleep very deep and well. In the morning I felt properly rested and I didn’t remember my dreams. Nothing was able to wake me up. I also had less sweating running training. Just amazing! Defo no need for all that sugar in my life. I will keep up, however, will bring few things back like bread and cheese!
I am still in shock how much sugar there is everywhere in every single food I was consuming!
Wanna a challenge yourself and see how much truth it is? Do it. It is just 7 days! everyone wants to be happy, right? Good luck and let me know your results.