54 Days with No Sugar

I sure hope Ryan doesn’t get me any chocolates or gluten-free cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, I love them. But I loved on them too much this past week while my mom was visiting.

I don’t regret it because the truth is that this is my lifestyle, not a diet. Sometimes in life we have to let loose, have fun and enjoy the treats and desserts that only come about on special occasions. Here’s a little peek into what that was for me:

Tutti Frutti Fro Yo

Tutti Frutti Fro Yo

Peanut Butter Chocolate

Peanut Butter Chocolate

But still, my digestive system is on overload. Super bloated. It needs rest.

The proof is in the pudding – my tummy pudding, that is. Food is a curse as much as it is a blessing for me. Colitis and digestive issues don’t care if it’s your birthday. I get a nice, little reminder of that from time-to-time. And just like they don’t care when it’s my birthday, they also don’t care that today is Valentine’s Day.

For me, for today, I’m going to celebrate the LOVE-FEST DAY by beginning my 54 days with no sugar. How (un)sweet is that?! I don’t care that it’s Valentine’s Day, and I will find myself without any sweets. I’m ready to feel fantastic again!

54 days because that takes me up to Easter Sunday. It’s an extended Lent.

54 days with no sugar means:

  • nothing artificial; this includes gum
    • no saccharin, sucralose, aspartame (ew)
  • no white sugar, which means no banana bread:(
  • no chocolate – 99%+ would be okay, but I’ll likely skip it altogether

54 days with no sugar does not mean:

  • no fruit – again, this is not a diet. I’m not looking to lose weight or do some crazy thing. Fruit is a good thing.
  • no stevia – I am fine with stevia because stevia is of the stevia plant and all natural.

I’m ready to give my digestive system a break. It’s going to thank me big time.

And on Easter Sunday? I think I’ll debut a new recipe with this delight I bought in Carmel at Sur La Table….

Mini Doughnut Pan

Mini Doughnut Pan

Question: Care to join me for the next 54 days? I promise to help you get through. It’s a lot easier than you might imagine. You can contact me with any questions. Yes, really!

Couldn’t care less about all this “sugar” talk since it’s Valentine’s Day?! Well then I hope you’ll enjoy a little “Red, White & Pink” from Pinterest!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Comments

  1. says

    “Digestive issues don’t care that it’s Valentines Day.” You are soooo right! I’ve found that cutting out sugar has really helped me. I was just going to say, watch those high sugar fruits, like bananas, and stick to the lower ones like berries to feel extra great. Good luck!

    • says

      Janna, you are right about fruit in general and sugar, which is why I don’t eat very much of it. However, bananas are actually very good on the digestive system. Have you ever read the GAPS Diet? Check it out. I always do well on bananas, but not so much on some other fruits….which is why I don’t eat 5 pieces a day. The reason I can’t and don’t give it up for good is because that’s a primary fuel source for me when I’m working out a lot and also because they are just chalk full of nutrients. Thanks for stopping by, Janna!

  2. says

    ahhh… I’ve wanted to do this for SO long. I really need to get sugar out of my intake. It’s so tricky, though, because added sugars under sneaky names hide in everything! I will join you for the first week and a half for sure. And take it from there. I’ll check back for your updates and advice!

    • says

      Awesome! This is going to be fun:) Meredith – tell me, what would you like to know about sugar, updates and/or advice?! I’m happy to talk about anything!

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