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Day 22 – No Sugar

I DID IT! I made it through another weekend with no sugar. It’s not as hard as it was in the beginning. I’m pretty much past the learning curve of knowing what I can eat & what I can’t. This makes life much easier. I loaded up on good things like roasted  acorn squash, salmon & fresh cherries! Yum. I did want a treat!….. late on Sunday night. So my hubby took the fresh cherries & froze them. Once frozen solid he added them to my sugar free coconut milk & Shakeology. IT WAS SO GOOD! Especially since he froze the cherries & didn’t add ice. This made the taste much richer.Cherries shakeology

I want to talk to you about why I am doing this in the first place. I want to be healthy & I didn’t realize how bad sugar was until I started this journey. I just knew you shouldn’t eat it…… but I didn’t really know why! So I did my research.

Added sugars (not naturally occurring sugars) contains a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients. You have heard them called empty calories. There are no proteins, essential fats, vitamins or minerals in sugar. This is why eating empty calories can cause nutrient deficiencies.

Before sugar enters the bloodstream from the digestive tract, it is broken down into two simple sugars… glucose and fructose.

  • Glucose is found in every living cell on the planet. If we don’t get it from the diet, our bodies produce it.
  • Fructose is different. Our bodies do not produce it in any significant amount and there is no physiological need for it.

Every cell in the body can use glucose, the liver is the only organ that can metabolize fructose in significant amounts.

This is not a problem if we eat a little bit (such as from fruit) or we just finished an exercise session. In this case, the fructose will be turned into glycogen and stored in the liver until we need it. However, if the liver is already full of glycogen, eating a lot of fructose overloads the liver, forcing it to turn the fructose into fat.

When people eat a diet that is high in calories and high in fructose, the liver gets overloaded.

I’m not referring to fructose found in fruit here. Fruits aren’t just watery bags of fructose, they are real foods with a low energy density and lots of fiber.

They’re hard to overeat on and you’d have to eat ridiculous amounts to reach harmful levels of fructose. In general, fruit is a minor source of fructose in the diet compared to added sugars.

Sugar dehydrates the body which makes it difficult to lose weight. It disrupts your hormonal system and without balances hormones maintaining a healthy weight is near-impossible. It also lowers your body’s absorption of nutrients which means you don’t get any metabolic benefits of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, etc. It also slows down the absorption rate of your food in your digestion system which causing bloating.Sugar causes your body to overproduce insulin which causes you to store all food intake as fat.

The list goes on & on. I have no delusions that I will make it through the rest of my life not eating sugar! I love food way too much. However I now have a healthy respect for what I put in my body. I am more aware of what’s going in. I know this will help me to limit & make better choices.

 

Spiced Cucumbers

This one is so easy & so good! OH….. & NO SUGAR!!!

Peel half the cucumber for added decoration. Cut in circles. Douse with lime juice & chili powder. You can also use Old Bay seasoning.

YUMM!!!!

Cucumbers 2

 

Day 19 – No SUGAR

So the food companie think their slick! Change the name & we won’t know the difference. Sugar has over 200 different names & forms. It is difficult to identify all the sugars all the time, but it is possible. Once you get past the learning curve it becomes easier & easier. The main thing to remember is anything that comes in a box or can is usually bad. If you stick with whole foods….. fruits, veggies & fresh meats you can steer clear easily.

Today I wanted you to see the names of sugar and it’s counterparts. I can not take credit for this list, except for the beautiful presentation of course! I got this list from Rips & Curves. Check out her facebook page. Amazing information all the time. https://www.facebook.com/RipsandCurves

I am back on track. The weekend is here & I am determined to stay focused. Check back in on Monday to see how I do?!

 

Sugar part 1

 

sugar part 2

Day 17 – No Sugar

To touch on Monday’s post just a little more. If you have one bite, you start over. Now I am a firm believer in TREAT MEALS! I just don’t want you to fool yourself into believing it’s not going to have an affect on you at all! The last few days have been a battle. I had to go through the detoxing process all over again. The cravings, headache & grumpiness all came back. So no, one bad meal does not make a bad diet just know you are going to pay the price & it will be more than for a few moments.I had my treat on Saturday night, it is now Wednesday & I am just starting to feel “clean” again. Everyones body is different & you may not have the same drastic experience as I do. I have been eating mostly clean for years now do to food allergies. So I know my body well & can identify easily when something is wrong do to food I eat. If you have been eating processed food your body is numb so to speak. Until you clean it out you will not be as sensitive. Once you start feeding yourself whole & natural foods on a regular basis you will notice a drastic difference. Only you can decide….. Was it WORTH it???

XylitolLet’s talk Xylitol! I am extremely happy I decided to try this naturally occurring alcohol despite it’s crazy name. It is found in most plant material, including many fruits and vegetables. It can also be extracted from birch wood to make medicine. It is known for killing bacteria in the body as well as a medicine to prevent middle ear infections (otitis media) in young children, & as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes. WARNING TO ANIMAL LOVERS……..Xylitol is deadly to dogs even in small amounts.

As far as the taste goes….. I like this much better than the Stevia. I tried Stevia for a little over a week & I just can’t get past the after taste. It so strong on the pallet in my opinion. The Xylitol is not as sweet which I’m OK with since I am not eating sugar. It does not have a taste at all, again in my opinion. Everyones tastes are different but I highly recommend giving this a try. I don’t believe I will go back to using the raw sugar in my coffee once this is all over. I drink a lot of coffee! This is one of my biggest areas of opportunity to make a healthy change.

Let me know what questions you may have or if there is something you would like me to write about. I am not a professional dietitian or nutritionist. I am just an everyday person sharing my experiences with you. Thank you for visiting & your feedback is welcome!

Don’t just let your tomorrow just happen, Design your own Destiny!

Day 15 – No Sugar

Don't Stress

It is really hard for me to admit this but I fell off the no sugar wagon this weekend. It’s scary to admit to the whole world your faults. Especially when you are in a position of leading others on their fitness journey. I’m still just a human, like you I have to say no to my cravings & get back up when I fall. Failing is inevitable, it’s part of the process to success. How else would we learn? I believe my success is not based on “IF” I get back up, but solely on “HOW QUICK” I can get back to my feet. Weather or not to get back up is no longer an option because I have committed myself to an extraordinary life! When I do fall back into average behavior, the question becomes; “how long will I stay there in my mediocrity”? That is the test against which I measure myself.  I’m back in the saddle today. I don’t promise you perfection but….. I promise to keep it real.

Here is where the breakdown happened. While going to get my nails done with a girlfriend on Saturday I could smell the aroma of fresh bundt cakes from the bakery next door. In an effort not to tempt you I will not give you any further details about the decadence that I ate…. but let me just say it was WORTH it. Meaning this wasn’t just some day old dried up bundt cake. I reasoned with myself….. this is a great way to see how this will make me feel tomorrow?! Well it made me feel horrible…. but it didn’t even take until tomorrow…… it took all of about 30 minutes & I hit a brick wall! Yep, the sugar made me crash. Within 30 minutes I was so tired I could barely stand.  I also started to feel like I had a head cold. Scratchy throat, stuffy nose, my eyes began to water. I couldn’t believe what a quick & drastic reaction I was having.

The next morning was just as I suspected. Achy muscles, still a scratchy throat, watery eyes & a stopped up nose. I know this feeling all too well & I know how to handle it….. WATER & EXERCISE! Lots of water & sweat will flush the sugar right out of your system.  Today I am still not 100%. The lethargy is still hanging around & I could only make it through about 15 minutes of my work out.

success really looks like 1

It’s amazing how sensitive your body becomes when you clean it out. It was not made to run on sugar that is one thing I know for sure. If you are on this journey & you have fallen off, don’t beat yourself up. The great thing is you can start fresh every moment. One good decision can lead to the next. The most important thing is you get back up. Don’t let one little set back cause you to quit.

If you are on this journey or thinking of trying it…. I would love to hear from you! Your questions/concerns are welcome. Send me an email jessica@destinydesigner.be

 

Apple Cinnamon Goodness

OK So I have no delusions that this is apple pie!….. BUT…… it gives you that warm apple pie feeling!

So good & so easy!

2 Honeycrisp Apples cored & chopped

2 tbsp Cinnamon

Bake in a greased casserole dish on 350͒  for 40 minutes.

 

You could add a nice coat of honey before you add the cinnamon if you like.

 

Day 12 – No Sugar

I have gotten several questions about Shakeology having sugar in it since I am on the no sugar journey. As most of you know I am a Beachbody Independent Coach & Shakeology is our top selling product. It is a dense daily superfood in the form of a shake.  There is no added sugar in Shakeology which is what I am steering clear of. There is Stevia & a non-GMO fructose from Australia.

The fructose in Shakeology is from Austria where they were able to find non-GMO fructose, of which works in synergy with the other ingredients. There is no outside testing in our country that takes that into account, they break down each ingredient separately instead. For example, they might say “Shakeology is high in sugar”, when really the way the fructose works in synergy with the other ingredients is why it tests so low on the glycemic index. You cannot pick apart each ingredient, you have to understand the whole product. Incase someone out there is wondering….. what does that mean exactly?!

Synergy is the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.

There are many articles out there on why meal replacements are sugary & bad for you. I will be honest, most of them are. You can not lump Shakeology into a category with everyone else just because it is called a meal replacement. The facts are indisputable. There are over 70….. yes 70 superfood in Shakeology. Oh, and by the way you can stop taking all the extra vitamins & probiotics that you spend $100s on each month. You know the ones you’re already confused about the absorption rates & what not.

This post is about me going sugar free so I will reel it back in here. Shakeology does not have added sugar. So if you are thinking about going on the sugar free journey, you can breath a sigh of relief now! You don’t have to give up your Shakeology!!!

I have included a few links below if you would like additional information on Shakeology. You can also check out the page I have dedicated to Shakeology on my blog.

Remember you have the power to design your own Destiny!

 

http://www.kellysbelly.com/posts/oh-my-what-i-found-out-about-shakeology/

Below is an article about Shakeology. It is one of the best articles I have seen. This gentleman is from outside the US so he can not receive a commission on the product & just truly loves writing honest reviews on products he enjoys.  –http://www.lifestyleupdated.com/shakeology-review/#Lifestyle

 

 

So DELICIOUS is right!

It’s summer time & I LOVE ICE CREAM! I grew up in Myrtle Beach where ice cream was a part of your daily meal plan.  When we moved to Cornelius NC the summer I turned 12, I remember the ice cream shop I would ride my bike to. I would always order the same thing. A two scoop cone with cookies & cream on the bottom & mint chocolate chip on the top.

As an adult I have learned some things & pay a little more attention to what I put in my body but I don’t want to sacrifice TASTE! If it tastes bad I WILL NOT EAT IT! Now I have a healthy alternative.

Erythritol is the sweetener used instead of sugar in coconut milk ice cream. It isn’t nearly as weird or bad as it sounds, and can be derived from non-GMO, ethically sourced plants. So Delicious made a “no sugar added” line right, and went with a safe, low-glycemic sweetener. SWEET!!!

There is no funny after taste….. this stuff is just good! YOUR WELCOME! ;p

 

Day 10 – No Sugar

Yep!…. I thought that picture might get your attention. Day 10 & I wanted to share a short statement & picture I found from another blogger……. I couldn’t say it any better than this! Plus my friend Jacquie Kerzman said all my pretty pictures are making her crave sugar…. so I decided to change it up a bit. This ones for you lady!

“Please understand that feeding this garbage to your children is only killing them slowly. Aspartame is poisonous and white sugar actually breaks down in the body like cocaine. It is literally a drug. It gives no life and no sustenance, just a high, followed by a deep crash. Artificial coloring and dyes have long term effects like rendering the liver and kidney inept. EAT REAL FOOD! This means that if it doesn’t grow on a tree, vine, from the sea floor, or have seeds, it is NOT food. If you cannot readily identify the ingredients on the labels, this may not be the best thing to feed your children or yourself.” You can visit the original article here: http://veganwasted.blogspot.com/2012_06_01_archive.html

 

inside-happy-dance

So why am I doing the happy dance you ask?!…… I am excited to report that I have lost 11 lbs in 10 days. I wish I had some before & after pictures for you but I did not think this would be so drastic. So, you’re gonna have to take my word for it.

It was not my intention to lose weight on this journey.  I only wanted to be healthier. My beginning weight was 137 & I am now 126. I have not done any exercise in the last 11 days. I wanted to know for sure how the sugar free diet would affect my body.

Typically my abdomen is very swollen even with good diet & exercise. I used to get so mad because no matter how many crunches I did you couldn’t see my abs.  Over the past few days i have noticed my tummy is completely flat! How exciting for me! I didn’t realize how much sugar affects my body. Amazing how it’s killing me slowly & keeping me from so many goals.

 

The lethargy is leaving along with the brain fog in the afternoon & getting up in the morning is much easier. If I feel this good on day 10 I can only imagine how good day 30 will be. It’s amazing how we will eat what we want for 5 minutes of pleasure even though we are going to incur a lifetime of pain.