Today calls for a celebration because…..
…my 21-day sugar strike is OVER! That went by soooo fast and it wasn’t even torturous. Truthfully, I didn’t notice much difference in regards to my digestion so I don’t think sugar is the culprit. I think the biggest lesson I learned through all of this is that I don’t really crave sugar as much as I thought I did. There wasn’t even one moment where I was like “omg I need to eat that but I can’t because of my sugar strike”. It’s crazy how our brains often think we want something when we really don’t (if that makes any sense). I think a lot of the times when I eat sweets it was because I feel like I “should” eat them. For example, after a big race I often just eat heaps of candy because I know I could. It’s weird logic – I burned X amount of calories so I should eat at least X amount of calories worth of junk food because I deserve it. Probably not the smartest thing to do when it comes to recovery. I’m not saying that post-race treats shouldn’t happen. I’m all about a good face-stuffing after a race (or even just a solid run):
That race was NOT a good time. It was my first marathon and I questioned my sanity about a million times all while telling myself I would absolutely never consider running a full marathon ever again. Only took me four years to change my mind… Oh and all those mini bags of chips were from the expo. They needed to get rid of them so some guy gave me an entire box but I didn’t even eat those ones because they were plain and I hate plain chips unless I’ve got dip.
Okay we are starting to get off topic here.
What I’m trying to get to is that I noticed a huge difference in how I felt after Sunday’s race in comparison to a lot of past races. When it was over I ate some watermelon and an apple and then when I got home I had a roasted broccoli chickpea burger on a whole wheat bun. I also had some BBQ chips but I didn’t eat to the point of a food coma (we’ve all been there!!) and I definitely didn’t eat an entire bag in bed. I just felt normal. No headache, no discomfort or bloat – just good food and a satisfied belly. I guess good food really does do a body good.
Now the big question: did I cheat??
Simple answer: yes. Aside from the juice incident, there were two other times I sort of slipped. Once I ate half a bag of Smartfood sweet & salty popcorn (I have no explanation for this other than it was delicious and I couldn’t stop) and the other time was just yesterday – I ate some of a protein bar that was in my race kit without even thinking and after a few bites, realized that sugar was at the top of the ingredient list. Oops.
Maybe even the BIGGER question: what will I eat today???
I honestly don’t even know! I thought there would be a list of things that I would just have to eat today but as of right now I cannot think of anything. If there is something that I want later then I’ll have it but truthfully, I think I’d rather celebrate the end of my strike with a burrito. Is that weird?! I’ll let you guys know if I eat something remotely interesting in tomorrow’s WIAW post!
Have a great day!