One of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people do is to follow a healthy diet. I do not know how many times I promised that myself, however this last time was different.
Having a baby in my life impulsed me to stop some bad habits and start some good ones. By practicing BLW I forced myself to cook and serve food in its most natural state. In addition, a year ago with the postpartum I decided to restart working out. Therefore, I had also been reading a lot about positive ways of maintaining healthy eating habits that do not involve super strict rules that in the end are almost impossible to follow. Among those changes there was the regulation of the sugar intake. For several months I managed to reduce that intake to a minimum and follow the “smart plate” model as much as I could. I had very good results from those small changes
After the New Year, Miguel Gatica’s No Sugar Challenge showed up on my Facebook feed; I was supposed to avoid added sugar and sweeteners for 30 days in this challenge.
I decided to give it a try. Despite being at my ideal weight, I wanted to commit myself to a cause that would benefit my health and my family’s. I also took the challenge further and decided to also avoid the consumption of alcohol and junk food; do 6 meals a day, drink 2 liters of water and keep working out daily.
The challenge itself was hard. I had to read every label of every product that I bought in the supermarket and sometimes put them back in their place while I walked away surprised by a lifetime of consumption of a product loaded with sugar. In addition, I had to survive a children’s party, a visit to my mother’s house, a horse parade, the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and rejecting many invitations for cakes, ice cream, candy and more.
At the end of the challenge I was able to:
– Understand the negative effects of the consumption of added sugar and sweeteners.
– Follow a diet based on real food without starving, so I basically learned how to eat.
– Read labels and understand which products were really healthy and which were a scam.
-Understand how the food industry force us to unconsciously increase our sugar intake.
– Reduce 1.5 inches of belly fat.
– Demonstrate how big will power can be.
-Fill myself with happiness and positive energy.
– Learned to cook some healthy snacks.
-Teach my baby about a healthy lifestyle with my example
I learned and changed a lot in a month. There was obviously a lot of people who made comments about my body. People will always have an opinion about them especially in the postpartum. If we gain a couple of pounds is because being careless and if we have lost them is because we must be sick or have an eating disorder. Far from pretending to have an “ideal body” and knowing I am still far away from my final objective, my purpose of eating better and in the right portions has brought me an incredible physical and emotional energy and I have added years of health to my life that I will be able to enjoy with those I love and THAT is more important than how I look itself.
Here are some of the photos of sugar free snack recipes that I decided to give a try and that are super “kid friendly”! All tried and tasted by little Monica.
Let me know in the comments how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions!