It's here, the finish line, we did it! WOOHOO!!!!!!! Can't say it was easy, that first week sure did steer me the wrong way, but it's been a lot of fun and a lot of learning. So to sum up, here are some of the most important lessons and tips I've learned along the way.
>> make a little recipe book of your favourite snacks & treats and make sure you have at least one of those treats in your cupboard at all times. It will save you, my god
>> for the majority of the sugar free recipes there are in I Quit Sugar, you'll make less than 1/4 of them! stick to what your tastebuds love when starting.
>> green smoothies will save you like a mofo. they're awesome for breakfast or afternoon snacks, keep them simple, tasty and the way you like em. Recipe inspiration here.
>> if it's hard to ween off fruit, just choose 2 - 3 of your favourite fruits you can't live without and stick to them only. mine were green apple and blueberries.
>> if you're finding it difficult not having sugar in your coffees or teas get natural sweeteners like stevia. they're better than nothing, but more importantly they're better on your body.
>> adding more fat gets a little overwhelming if you decide to do what I did and just start eating a load of it at once. if your normal daily intake is say 1 - 2 servings of fat, try upping to 3 - 4. the richness that having more fat brings is extremely filling but if you start having too much it becomes too overpowering.
>> you'll fall, yes, maybe even several times. it's not about giving up the moment you've broken your "perfect" streak, it's just about chugging along cause one day all those days of chugging along will add up and next thing you know you're fitter, healthier & even thinner!
>> try your best to find others who are trying out the sugar free lifestyle or even just healthy eating in general as having the support there just makes that extra difference you know?
>> last but not least it's all about having fun. make it a treat for you rather than a pain inducing burden you have to force yourself through every single moment. note: you will binge & fall off the wagon permanently if you do the latter.
This has been an amazing journey, I'm definitely going to continue to experiment with sugar free and healthy recipes. SO EXCITING!!!