We did it! A full month of no sugar. Oh goodness.
Let’s break this sugar-free challenge down! In the last month, we’re estimating we’ve been through:
56 eggs, 43 bananas, 24 zucchinis, 19 avocados, 17 new recipes, 9 heads of cauliflower, 7 pounds of kale and spinach, 3 whole pineapples, 3 pounds of almond meal, and 2 bushels of sweet potatoes. Roughly.
We had a hard time figuring out what we wanted to share with you in our challenge review. Now we’re at the fun part where we get to talk about the positives and improvements! Why is that hard? We weren’t sure where to start or what to share. Do we get super personal? Do we share way too much? Do we post pictures of us in our “workout” clothes, half dressed and flaunting our “rockin'” bods?
We’ll spare you the bikini photos. The fact is, our stories are different than yours. Our goals were different than yours. Improvements and changes will be different and we don’t want to compare our small successes with yours. However you chose to participate in our sugar-free challenge, the benefits that we gave our bodies may not be seen or even felt the same but we know going sugar-free is an amazing investment in our health.
We will share a few personal benefits from this month so as to help anyone who is interested in a sugar detox or clean eating plan. Please know that if your benefits are not the same as ours, the month was not a failure! You may have felt even better than what we experienced, and that is amazing! If you are waiting to see some of these benefits, then perhaps you may want to consider keeping up a healthy eating challenge another month or turning to your Doctor for further help.
How did we benefit from a sugar cleanse?
Feeling happier.. for no reason at all!
Established habits of eating veggies and drinking more water.
A desire to workout and be more active.
Eating as much as we wanted and actually losing a bit of weight.
Less sweet cravings. (Though this did not kill all thoughts of food, like these Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes, but these cravings were controllable and did not consume our thoughts). We also experienced craving changes around our female cycles, but cravings were much weaker than in times past!
And the best benefit of all: more confidence! We had more confidence in our food choices, in our discipline, in our stronger bodies and in our commitment to ourselves and to our health.
This challenge is just what we needed to get back to health and refocus on our goals. The end goal is health and if we desire health, we must feed our bodies well. How do we know if we’re feeding our individual bodies well?
We are finished with the challenge, but now is the Reintroduction Phase. If you just omitted sugar this month or are doing the full candida diet, this phase may not apply to you. If you were cutting out other foods such as gluten, dairy or grains, as well as sugars, this step is an exciting one. We can begin introducing certain foods, one at a time back into our diet to see how we are affected by them. The Whole30 program has a great article about reintroducing foods that totally applies here. Try to slowly add certain foods back into your diet to see how any of them affect you personally. This is an important step if you started this challenge with questions about how specific foods or sweeteners impact your health. We hope you will find the answers you’re looking for!
Thank you so much for following along with our Sugar-Free March! We want you all to enjoy the best health you can and we trust that this challenge benefited us in more ways than we realize.
Please share with us what you liked about this challenge! How have YOU benefited from eating sugar-free this month?