The "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" Challenge
Friday, March 06, 2015
So two days ago I realised I have gotten into some pretty bad habits lately – I feel like I eat a lot more sweets than I used to. So I decided to give the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" Challenge a try.
For my first week I am supposed to do a couple of things. Like, assess my current sugar habits with the help of this quiz: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
, list the reasons why I want to cut back on sugar and record my sugar habits all week long.
The results of the quiz confused me – I am told I am in control of my sugar cravings: "Congratulations! You are in control of your sugar cravings. Either you were lucky enough to have been born without a sweet tooth, or you simply know your limits around sweets. Either way, you refuse to let thoughts of sweets consume you."
I don't feel this to be accurate, although I answered the questions in the quiz truthfully. The truth is, I often crave sweets (when I say often I mean a couple of times per week, not several times per day), and now and then I give in to those cravings in a way that may be called sensible, and rarely go overboard. But all those little indulgences add up and I feel like they are ruining my efforts. Or maybe they are partly caused by my efforts – I often feel I "deserve" a little something because I have been doing so good exercise-wise. And I think this has to stop. Sugar is like an addictive drug, if I indulge in sugary sweets several times per week – even if it's only a little – it always stays on my mind, and in my system.
My reasons for wanting to cut back on sugar are mostly that I want to break that cycle, and that I want to consume less calories, and that I want to eat cleaner.
I'll continue to watch my sugar intake for the rest of my first week – I'm not supposed to cut down yet, to be able to assess my sugar habits correctly – and make another post about that on Tuesday night, before I start week two of the challenge.
Let's see what this brings!