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the sweetest challenge

29 June, 2016

So, I’ve finished my 30 day sugar free challenge. If you missed what I was doing, you can catch up here

I honestly can’t believe how quickly it went. Even though I rarely eat refined sugar anyway, the biggest surprise to me was how little I actually missed it. Sure, the first few days I wanted a pear, but after that I didn’t even notice.. except when my friends went out for smoothie bowls, including the friend who had been giving me a hard time about them all year (apparently, she is really into them now – I am trying not to make any assumptions). 

My skin has been clearer (someone said my face was glowing, which naturally went straight to my head), I’ve eaten even more vegetables than usual, and my energy levels don’t dip in the afternoon. 

So now that I’ve finished the 30 days, what am I going to do? Whilst I will have a smoothie bowl to celebrate (and the occasional smoothie bowl thereafter), I am definitely going to cut down on my fruit intake in general (which was getting up to 4+ pieces a day). And refined sugar will remain fairly non-existent in my diet… except for maybe some ice cream now and then (it’s all about balance). Whilst I am not a fan of the all-or-nothing approach, I advocate strongly for eating mindfully and intentionally in a fluid way that shifts through the dynamics of life. Right now, I think I am sweet enough (although it seems quitting sugar has increased my ego). 

Ultimately, the best part is that I can say I have given up sugar and have made the last 30 days meaningful. That’s pretty special in itself. And I am actually really excited about starting the next challenge, although I can’t quite decide what it will be. 

I would love for you to leave a comment with suggestions for my next challenge. 

xx Liz 

MLK smoothie bowl


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  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law 30 June, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Way to go on getting through the challenge! I’m so glad you saw some benefits too!

  • Reply Kelly w 4 July, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I had two acai bowls two lunches in a row. They are choked full of sugar so im not convinced that they are ‘good’ for you. Still better than kfc, im hoping!! I just needed the TLC of the sweetness. Might have to cut down soon :/

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 4 July, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      They are so full of sugar! But I enjoy them as a treat. Much better than lots of other ways to indulge. xx

  • Reply Cassie 5 July, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    This is such an interesting challenge! I used to eat too little fruit and my cravings went towards processed “healthy” desserts that were worse! Now I can’t stop eating fruit–at least in the morning! Normally I have 3-4 servings of fruit in the morning and then eat mostly vegetables every day!

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 5 July, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      It’s much better to have fruit than processed “healthy” desserts. Finding balance is always the most important thing though. xx

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