So, today is the last day of my challenge, and I guess I'll have to sum up what changes it may have triggered in my life. These were my action steps this week:
"1. Set your long-term sugar goals. It's unrealistic to think you'll never eat sugar again, so create your own plan for keeping the sweet stuff in your life – but within its place. Map out a plan for yourself going forward. Will you allow yourself a little sugar once a day? A larger dessert once per week? What forms of sugar? Share your plan with others for accountability."
2. Understand moderation. As it turns out, you can have your (small slice of) cake and eat it, too! Learn about how to moderate sugar moving forward."
I plan to allow myself controlled amounts of sugar not on a daily, but on a weekly and monthly basis.
I am not willing to give up my regular visits to the ice cream parlor with my friend, so that is a weekly sugar splurge that I am planning into my week and making up for by eating mindfully and moderately the rest of the time. Also, even if it is a coupe (or sundae, as most Americans will know it) with whipped cream and fudge sauce, it does not have to be the "Coppa Mount Everest"!
On a monthly basis I guess I will continue to allow myself my "hormonal gummy candy craze". Which does not have to be such a craze at all, as I discovered this month. When the urge hit, I got myself a controlled portion of candy (thankfully our little corner kiosks all sell gummy candy by the piece) and was perfectly content with just about a dozen pieces, eaten while taking a lovely walk. I think I can live with that!
As for my daily sugar consumption, I think I will continue to try to reduce sugar as much as I can. I realise that most recipes call for more sugar than my taste buds need, and some don't need any sugar at all. Sweets in the evenings (mostly induced by my boyfriend snacking) I can walk away from, I have discovered during the last weeks.
In the long run I guess that moderation will be the key for me!
"3. Continue to be mindful. Keep journaling your cravings and sugar intake as you see fit. Additionally, keep taking advantage of the Nutrition Tracker and your SparkFriends to keep you on track!"
Good advice! I know tracking is essential for me, because it keeps me accountable. And be prepared to read about my cravings, if I discover any I have not yet complained about!