Last week I participated in a sugar free reset hosted by my friend Heather at Calluna Nutrition and wanted to share some learnings and thoughts around it.
I went into it hoping to gain some knowledge and new recipes, not so much for the sugar free part as I did not think my sugar consumption was high. Also for only $10 I could not go wrong when I gained a week’s worth of meals, my grocery list and more. I knew for only 5 days I should not struggle too much so signed up!
So what did I learn?
- I consume way more sugar than I thought! A lot of it is fructose, not a horrible thing, but it made me more aware. Example – my typical morning smoothie was half a banana, half a cup of blueberries, protein, spinach, and original almond milk. But with simple switches my morning smoothie now has less sugar and more healthy fats and fibre to fill me up and keep me full by reducing the fruit, using unsweetened almond milk and adding avocado and chia seeds.
- I like to snack a lot… more than I should and typically these snacks have sugar – fruit, Larabars, yogurt with fruit, baking. Again these are easy switches to not only watch my snacks but control them. I am a firm believer in eating every few hours and snacking but sometimes I found myself having say 2 afternoon snacks versus one that is more filling.
- Protein, fibre and fat content are more important than calories – I mean I knew that but it was a good (constant) reminder.
- I actually did not miss/crave much sugar. The biggest thing I missed was my morning coffee of regular almond milk and a splash of maple syrup – the only sugar I really did miss.
- I missed bread. I am not a huge bread eater and try to have maybe 4 pieces a week – 2 on long run days – but missed those few pieces!
- I can survive without the extra sugar and carbs! haha My fantic messages to Heather prior to these 5 days were probably funny to her as I was sure I might die without these things.
My main take-away for the 5 days was that I gained a huge sense of awareness when it came to not only my sugar intake but the combination of foods I was eating. To continue this habit I have signed up for a month of meal plans through Calluna Nutrition and so far we love it! I love to meal plan but taking this one thing off my plate and improving it so I can continue afterwards is already huge for us.