Sour Patch Kids. Hot Tamales. Raisinettes. Hershey's Bars and Kisses. Red Vines. M & M's. Don't judge me but I've been bingeing on these bad boys off and on since the around mid-November. I knew that I was going to enjoy sweets (with ZERO regrets) in November and December, because hell it's the holidays! Nothing says "I love Christmas" better than watching Elf, cuddled on the couch under a blanket while chomping on Red Vines.
The problem though is that the candy love fest didn't end on December 31st. January rolled around and I was still just a munching but I just knew I'd start fresh the following month. I now find myself at the end February, having just polished off a large bag of Sour Patch Kids a couple of days ago.
Unlike Diddy, "can't stop, won't stop", is not turning into a thing 'round here between me and this shuga. I've gotta get back on track.
Think you may be hitting the sweets (including soda!!) a little too hard? Here are a few things that I've noticed that you may be experiencing too:
- Belly Fat - Increasing my sugar levels is a sure fire way for my stomach to go from looking 3 months pregnant to 6 months pregnant in no time. I've never had abs, don't judge me. Along with the belly my fat increases every where else. Thighs. Booty. Arms. Sigh. I don't want to talk about this anymore. Weight gain is a biatch.
- Heavier periods - Lord help me. If nothing else should make me want to quit this sugar rollercoaster it's having heavier periods. My periods are already nuts due to fibroids (that's a post for another time) but the consumption of sugar gets my hormones all out of whack and that means for me heavier periods. No bueno.
- Jacked up skin - You can look at my face and tell when i'm on that stuff. No, not because of my expression but because of how dull my skin looks and how blemish prone it gets, especially around my chin and forhead. It's like connect the dots without the paper and crayons.
So, what's a girl to do? Whelp, for me, I'm going cold turkey. It's the best way to get the cravings out of my system and start getting my glow-up back. Technically I'm starting today however, I'm inviting you along for this sugar-free journey and I realize you may need a few days to get your affairs in order. You know, finish off your stash, give it away, put it in the freezer, or throw it all in the trash. I won't judge you for how you decide to prepare.
To aid me along the way I'll be eating more fruits such as nectarines, bananas and pineapples to curb the candy desires I'm sure i'll experience for the first week or so. I'm in Southern California so my grocery store may have different options than yours does but my guess is that you can find some choices that you love.
Is soda your thing? Try making your own with seltzer water and fresh fruit or give kombucha a try. This year I've committed to an entire year with no soda which means I've had to give up Dr. Pepper. I've done it before and it was actually pretty easy, and since candy is much harder for me that is where my focus lies.
Pro tip - If you decide to join me for the sugar detox in March I want to give you one word of caution. Do not go out the next day and binge on candy. I repeat, do NOT go out the next day and binge on candy. I remember the time I abstained for a few months then decided to eat a whole bag of Skittles. The sugar rush made it seem as if my head was going to explode right off my damn neck and I also felt as high as a kite. Don't do this to yourself.
So, are you ready to commit to less processed sugar in March? I'd love for you to join me for the challenge. If you have any questions you can always catch me on Instagram by clicking this link. The challenge coincides with the private Facebook group that's opening up on March 1st. Be sure you go to the home page and join the mailing list to be notified when it opens.
See you on the other side!