Go Sugar Free Course: First 2 Weeks

Whew, we’re on Day 14 of the Go Sugar Free Course!

Although at the beginning of this course, having completed Whole30 was a huge advantage for me, now I’m finding it’s created a unique challenge for me. As I mentioned, GSF encourages its students to determine what form of sugars they want to give up. For me, I chose to eliminate everything but honey because that was how I defined my Food Freedom Forever. But, my Food Freedom Forever also included other forms of added sugar that I was defining by the foods they were in rather than the types of sugars. For example. I determined that I could and would eat a chicken sausage that included added sugar in the ingredients (some have very little sugar). It is these types of foods that I’ve struggled to eliminate since I only just welcomed them back into my diet. Honestly, I decided to re-introduce a limited amount of select foods simply because I determined that they were what made the Whole30 feel like an inconvenience and unsustainable long-term. If my husband or I wanted to use a recipe that included sausage or some bacon and I simply couldn’t find it sugar free, then I wanted to be able to make it anyway!  And as a result, I’m finding I’m less motivated to fully eliminate them now (since I know they’re not a ‘problem’ for me). Basically, the GSF course is stricter on sugar than how I have defined my Food Freedom Forever and it has proved harder than I expected to reverse course.

With that said, I’m really enjoying the course. We receive a daily email chock-full of information with a lesson such as a cliff notes for a book we should but don’t have time to read or a video to watch, etc. The Facebook group is also pretty active and I’ve used it a  few times to post about my frustrations, to share a success story, or to ask a question. Once you take the course, you are a lifetime member and can retake it whenever you want so the FB community is a big mix of newcomers like me and people on their 3rd or 4th round.

So far my takeaways are this:

  • I feel better off sugar and refined carbs.  Actually, grains in general. But, when my friend brings over a beautiful white baguette, I still struggle to say no to it.
  • Grains are my gateway drug. Much more so that a piece of milk chocolate. Give me a piece of white bread and I’ll immediately eat 5 more…
  • I asked my husband to hide our scale until my next weigh in and I can’t believe how good it feels (look out for a separate blog post on this).
  • My diet has never been clean enough to be able to determine how particular foods were making it feel and I’m finding it fascinating to learn about it for the first time in my life (this is an extension to what I was already learning with Whole30).
  • I am sleeping better.  Well, I’ve actually always been a great sleeper in that I fall asleep and stay asleep pretty easily.  But I struggle SO much to get up in the mornings.  When Im eating a sugar and grain free diet and don’t eat anything after dinner, I have a much easier time getting up and feel lighter and less bloated when I do. In fact, Toby and I have been getting up at 6am and going on a 2-mile walk with my friend and her 4 yr old each morning. Im also getting in a 21 Day Fix workout 5-6 times a week.
  • Im super frustrated that I’m not skinny and in a size 2 yet 😦

Examples of clean, fresh meals I’ve been devouring this week:

Breakfast: Scrambled egg, sauteed kale, sweet potato, guacamole

Lunch: (1) Tuna, guac and veggies and (2) taco salad (leftovers)

Dinner: (1) Peruvian Beef Stir Fry from Skinnytaste and (2) grilled chicken, asparagus and squash.

A 3.5 and 1.5 year old…Must I say more? + Expanding the blog

We’re still here! It’s been 6 months since my last update and so much has changed.

TobesAndMaya

waterplayMaya is 18mos today and she is a firecracker. She is strong-willed, opinionated, and stubborn as hell. She challenges me daily with her tantrums and fits but she also brings so much joy with her contagious giggles, her ongoing chatter, and the pitter patter of her little feet as she hurriedly toddles around the house.

She’s the kid who wants to turn left when everyone is going right. She wants to sit on the table rather than at it. She won’t sit in the wagon because she has to push it. You hand her milk and she throws it and then whines because she’s thirsty. It’s draining at times. But it’ll do her good in the face of peer pressure at 16…right!?

But compared to just a few months ago, she’s an angel. I swear some version of her colick lasted for 14 months. Now, she’s just kind of a badass 🙂

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Toby-roo is freakin’ awesome. God I love that kid. He is still so sweet and sensitive. He asks me all the time if I’m happy. He says, “you are loved, mommy.” He loves to cuddle and to share a long kiss while making the sound, “Mmmmmmwa!” He’s also super competitive and gets angry when he loses races with friends. And he’s got a hefty control streak in him and can fall apart when friends don’t want to play the game his way. We’re working on it. All I can say is parenting is emotional, tiring and so hard. Each kid is so different from one another and so different from you. But my god do I feel so lucky to have them both in my life.

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MomandTobes

TobesAndMommyonPillowsI’m really enjoying being home with the kids (Toby is in school 3 half days per week) and have put off going back to work full time for the forseeable future. I have some contract work that’s bringing in some extra money which has been nice and makes me feel like I still have my head (a little bit) in the game. We’ll see where life takes us this next year…

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I also started the new year with a desperate desire for self-improvement. I’ve been working at it, but I’ve struggled. But I’m still working on it. I’ve completed two rounds of the Whole30 – a 30 day elimination diet – and it has had an enormous impact on me. I have learned so much about food science and nutrition, how much my body responds negatively to crap food (of which I still eat too much of!), and how good my body feels when everything I’m putting into my body is healthy, whole foods.

On Wednesday, I am to begin a 67 day course called Go Sugar Free that i hope will help me kick bad foods, namely sugar, out of my diet once and for all. The course is $399 but I was one of four lucky winners of a scholarship based on the submission of a personal statement about why I wanted to be a part of the program. I’m really excited about it but know it is going to be hard with lots of challenges so I plan to expand this blog to include my journey throughout the course and hope a few people may find it interesting.