I don’t know about you, but the holidays have me eating like every meal might be my last. Not only have I eaten too much, I’m making food choices like the teenage boys in my house. Yesterday alone I not only ate a donut for a snack, I also had a handful of pumpkin pie M&M’s (amazing!) and a piece of homemade lemon pie and a
bite slice of chocolate cake. Yikes!
Of course I know sugar is bad for me and I’ve read various studies that say it feeds cancer, contributes to heart disease, and is to blame for the obesity epidemic. Fortunately, knock on wood, I am not suffering from those three maladies, however, sugar does have unwanted effects on my body and my health. These are four consequences (with absolutely zero supporting evidence) I’ve suffered from eating too much sugar:
- I feel bloated. When I eat sugar, it sits in my belly and I get bloated.
- It makes me constipated. There really is nothing worse than feeling like you have to go, but you can’t.
- It makes my eczema flare up. This is really the worst for me. Usually my eczema is solely on my hands, but when I’ve eaten too much sugar, my legs start to itch like crazy. I have to scratch like a woman possessed. If you’re a doctor and want to tell me I’m crazy and that there’s no way the sugar is what’s making my legs itch, you can go right ahead and tell me. I won’t believe you though.
- It gives me indigestion. Of course this means I have to take antacids if I want to sleep which in turn contributes to the constipation.
I hate these side effects, but I looooooooove sugar! In the past, I’ve even been known to blame low blood sugar for my sugar infatuation, a la Paul Blart, Mall Cop. I do have relatively low blood sugar, as confirmed by a test a couple of years ago, and on occasion get light-headed. HOWEVER, I know I eat too much sugar.
That’s why I’ve decided to do a 2-week RESET and give up sugar right now in the middle of my favorite feasting festivities. Understand, that I did say in the middle. I know I may need to forego a dessert or two at a holiday gathering here or there, but I ate what I pleased over Thanksgiving, and I’ll be enjoying sweets to my little heart’s content by Christmas.
My 2-week RESET will begin December 1st and go until December 15th, and my rules will be as follows:
- No dessert.
- No donuts/pastries.
- No ketchup/barbecue sauce (it’s a slippery slope, y’all).
That’s it. Super simple and free, heck I’ll probably save a little money because when Mama isn’t eating sugar, it means Mama isn’t buying treats. (Shh, don’t tell the kids.)
During this 2-week RESET, I plan to do Yoga with Adriene’s 30-day yoga for added focus, energy, and to remain more centered and calm during what can be a busy and hectic month. Yoga is a step outside my comfort zone and I’ll tell you why – it feels too easy. If you’ve known me for awhile, you know I work out every day and have done so for going on 6 years now. My workouts are typically 20 minutes, sometimes longer, never shorter. During that time I like to get the biggest bang for my buck – I.E. sweat my tooshie off!
The reason I’m taking what feels like a step back and doing yoga for 30 days is two-fold. First, I have a nagging injury that cropped up a little over a month ago and I’m hoping the yoga will help. It is shoulder and neck pain that I think came about when I started doing push-ups every day and maybe wasn’t quite strong enough or wasn’t using proper form. Second, I need to remind myself that I exercise to remain healthy, and my health encompasses much more than just my physical fitness.
Now onto the expected results. What do I expect to get out of this 2-week RESET?
- Increased energy. – OK, I have my fingers crossed. Because of my
imaginarylow blood sugar, I have often turned to sugar to give me a pick me up and given myself permission to use it as such. However, the resulting crash is always worse than the momentary high. Therefore, I do think I’ll have increased, more steady energy.
- Less bloat, indigestion, and constipation. Again, because I have no scientific evidence proving that sugar was causing these things, I can only hope.
- Fewer sugar cravings. I do believe that the more sugar I eat, the more sugar I crave. Therefore, by going without it for a couple of weeks, I should cut down on my body thinking it needs it.
- More comfortable clothing, and no, I’m not going shopping.
- Less itching from eczema.
- Overall feeling of improved health. This is the real winner. If cutting out sugar for two weeks can make me feel better all over, it will have all been worth it.
What’s missing from the above list? I’m sure you caught it – but if you didn’t, go back and re-read the list again. . . I didn’t say anything about losing weight. And here’s why – I don’t believe that adults should concern themselves one iota with a number on a scale. Weight, in terms of science, refers to the force with which gravity pulls upon an object, and that to me, isn’t all that important.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am super happy with gravity keeping me securely attached to this earth. However, to attach a number to that seems pretty futile. The reality is, that our weight is a handy number for doctors to use to measure, compare, and scare us, but it really isn’t needed. I haven’t weighed myself in 6 months and I can tell you this – I need a 2-week RESET. Not because I’ve gained few pounds, but because I know I’m eating too much sugar, too much food, and frankly, I do not feel as healthy as I can and should.
I hope you’ll join me in doing this 2-week RESET so you too can feel better than you do today. It’s always more fun when you’re working as a team. I’ll try to post encouragement on my Facebook page, and will not post the delicious recipes for all the Christmas cookies I plan to bake after this RESET is over. Then, after the 2 weeks are up, we’ll circle back and see if we attained the results we expected, and if there were any other surprises along the way.
Before I end, though, I want to share with you my motto when it comes to health and exercise. This is for you to think about, feel, and believe as we begin this 2-week RESET –
Healthy comes in many shapes and sizes.