In my last post (after talking about the super awesome Vega contest that’s going on right now) I mentioned how I will be challenging myself to a 21 day sugar detox (2 days down, 19 to go!). I’ve been wanting to do this for a while but to be honest, I’ve been scared. I don’t like telling myself that I can’t have something because it makes me want it even more. The feeling of deprivation is not a good one (been there, done that). Most of you know that I’m a huge proponent of BALANCE. I like food. “Bad” food. I enjoy eating without thinking if that makes any sense.
A part of me also fears failure. I’m pretty honest on here and I know that if I decide to go to Costco this weekend and buy Halloween candy early for the sole reason of stuffing my face with as many Coffee Crisps as possible, I’m going to tell you. And you will know that I failed.
So why the heck am I doing this then?
- My stomach issues still won’t let up. Maybe it’s sugar, maybe it’s not. I still haven’t gotten my test results (follow-up is next Wednesday…finally) so in the meantime I just want to try tweaking things in my diet a little bit to see if it helps. I know that the effect sugar has on our bodies is obviously not a good one and although I don’t eat an excess amount, you just never really know.
- My skin is not horrible but I know it could definitely be improved. What we look on the outside is (usually) a reflection of what is going on in the inside. Some people are lucky – I am not one of those people. I know from experience that my skin looks better when I eat better.
- Eliminating sugary, processed foods will force me to eat more whole, nutrient-dense ones. With a few more races coming up this season, I am going to need all the good-for-you foods I can get. Fuelling for and recovering from runs is numero uno so that (a) my body doesn’t break and (b) I can hit that half marathon PR I’ve been dreaming about!
So that’s it. This challenge isn’t about weight loss or anything like that. I just want to feel good again and I want my running performance to improve. I am really hoping that this helps me. If it doesn’t, then I’ll have to try something else (and I’ll celebrate with froyo). If it does help, then I’ll cry at the fact that sugar is the culprit but I know it’ll be relieving to get to the bottom of it.
I’m two days in and so far, so good. I’ve got caramel popcorn and nutella in the house and haven’t even been tempted…yet.
I’ll be back either later today or tomorrow with a Thinking Out Loud Thursday post.
Have a great day!