#yearwithoutsugar

MOST RECENT

((Advice requested)) It's my birthday this week. I love the times of year when it's natural to reset. New Year's resolutions, the beginning of each month, moving homes or classrooms, the start of the school year... Having a clean slate is my jam.

Disclaimer: I don't think being restrictive or giving up certain foods entirely is healthy for everyone, especially people who've had trouble with that type of behavior in the past. But for me, I feel so much freedom within limits. Saying "I'm not eating cheese today" means I don't endlessly debate the slice of pizza or guilt trip it afterward.

Also I'm usually deciding my food boundaries when I'm rested, not hangry, and full of will power. I'm usually breaking those boundaries if I'm tired, starving, and I've used up all my will power 19 student questions ago.

So, I've decided that I'm not eating sugar this year. From birthday to birthday, I'm giving myself 5 exceptions, for treats that are special, particularly tasty, or super heartfelt. But the sugar I've been eating lately is.... not that. Anonymous cookies in the break room, leftover student candy, mediocre dessert. That's what I won't even need to debate for 365 days! 🙌

In the comments below I need your best:
-treats that don't involve sugar
-things to say to people who offer me sugar this year
-encouragement that I haven't lost my mind
-reasons why sugar isn't that great

Ready, GO!

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Стремимся к идеалу)*🙈 #yearwithoutsugar 💪 #lovesport #sport #sportgirl #train #run

Lunch at work... grilled chicken with salsa, baby spinach and smashed avocado on a sugar free (I checked) sourdough roll, with spicy sweet potato wedges and coleslaw on the side.
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Ok, so this looks bad. And it is. Well sorta. Yesterday due to rushing out of the door in the morning, meetings over lunch etc I didn't have anything to eat so by the time I left work I was ravenous. There's a KFC on my way home so I had a little look at their nutritional info on their website... Large popcorn chicken meal works out at 1g of sugar after you take away the fries, sweetcorn is natural sugar and the Pepsi Max is 0g sugar. My group doing this challenge and raising money had already decided 1g of sugar and below is ok as it's so minimal.

So whilst this might not be the healthiest meal, it is at least low in sugar!
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#lategram of lunch with a friend in the sun by King's Cross yesterday. Couldn't really try any of the German cuisine as the sausages etc. probably had sugar in so I opted for a salad with new potatoes! Eating out and avoiding sugar is sooooo difficult! .
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When you're in a hurry to get out the door but want some breakfast! I wanted a full cooked brekkie but just didn't have time so I grilled my (sugar free) sausages whilst in the shower and gave up on the rest! 😂
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My sexiest face! My group personal training session today was BRUTAL... the trainer had me doing weighted walking lunges, kettlebell swings, deadlifts and squats, plus a load of other variations of weighted squats (with a heavy dumbbell, with the squat machine with weights on etc.) Killer!
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Back at the gym with the acquaintance who got me back for the first time in ages yesterday :) I wish this picture was us but alas, neither of us are that quite buff! 🤣
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Group personal training again which was a mix of dumbbells and slam ball activities... absolutely knackered! .
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The best I could manage to buy for lunch today... all Asda's sandwiches have sugar in the mayo or elsewhere and so did their salads or salad dressings :( It's so hard avoiding hidden sugars!
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Far too excited by this earlier today... I found local bread made with no sugar and cherry jam made entirely from fruit (no added sugar!) When you're off refined and added sugar for a year such things make your day! 🤣😂
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Not the most flattering shot, but nonetheless evidence that I finally made it back to the gym today, whoop whoop! .

A friendly acquaintance from the gym Facebook messaged me yesterday saying she'd not been for a while, needed some motivation, and did I fancy going with her? Just the motivation I needed too so we agreed to go this morning (as I'm on leave and she works shifts).
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We car shared and even managed to jump into a personal training group that wasn't fully booked where we were put through our paces (hiit mainly). Both booked in for another group tomorrow night together which should help me get out of work at a decent time for once!
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Looked better in person (and before I had cut into the chicken!)... at the seaside, my version of fish and chips... chips, mushy peas and a fried buttermilk chicken breast. They used to do chicken breast strips which were amazing but sadly no more. This chicken was meant to come in a burger with dressing etc. but as most bread has sugar in I asked for it like this.
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Let's talk about my new favourite hot drink... Pret's COCONUT LATTE! 🌴☕
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They gave me one to try for free a little while back whilst I was buying something else and although they told me it didn't have any syrup or sugar in it tasted so sweet I was suspicious and threw it away! Anyway I then recreated it at home with coconut milk I bought that I knew didn't have sugar in and it was just as sweet, so then yesterday I thought I'd give theirs another go and asked to read the ingredients on their coconut milk... yep only naturally occurring sugars!
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Wahoo! Something super tasty with a bit of sweetness that I'm allowed! Here's to more of these! .
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After a non stop day at work yesterday I was both starving and knackered. The sun was shining so I grabbed a book and decided to head to my favourite local restaurant for some alfresco dining.

Lovely plump olives, tomato and mozzeralla salad, followed by a four cheese pizza (I know it's bad but I ❤ it!) Cheeky glass of pinot grigio alongside, which I've realised with some research is just natural sugar from the grapes, so nothing added. Bianco base on pizza so no sugar there, maybe a teensy bit in the dough (I don't know) but I don't eat the crusts so it wouldn't have been much.
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