I’m quitting sugar (again);

All above photos found on my Pinterest board: Sweets.

May 6th, I played the supporting friend role for a girlfriend that just got out of a long term relationship & ate myself silly with frozen salted caramel yoghurt and a million sugary extras like chocolate cake, kit kat, tim tams & strawberries. And when the sugar hit, I vowed to quit the white stuff for good. So I went home & made my old time favourites; the raw prune balls.

I attempted to quit sugar back in August 2013 with a little success (read about it here & here). I tried to quit sugar 9 months ago for the very same reasons as I have this month. Sleep disruptions, low moods at 3pm & of course, that unwanted bit of love hanging around the mid section (my biggest problem area, the tummy). I got a personal trainer not long after my birthday last August and made lots of raw treats but it still didn’t stop me from bingeing on sweets far too often.

When you find yourself eating multiple biscuits a day for absolutely no reason & whatever cake and chocolate you can get your hands on & yawning come 3pm, something has gotta change. This time round, I’m not quitting fructose (found in fruit) but I have given up the white processed stuff.

It’s currently Day 24 and I’m a little surprised how easy it’s been & how much the sight of sugar has disgusted me. On Day 1, I came home to four boxes of Lindt & Baci (my ultimate faves) and walked away. Over the last 24 days, there have been several cakes brought into the office & a HUGE pile of leftover Easter chocolates put in front of me. And I can’t forget the daily supply of mint choc biscuits, chocolate covered scotch fingers and Tim Tams before my eyes.

But yet, I kept on walking & didn’t once cave in. The raw prune balls have been the best substitute as well as the choc snacks made by Isagenix, which contain chromium for cravings. I don’t really have an end date to this processed sugar ban. I’m feeling good & I don’t want to return to how I used to feel anytime soon! In my second week, I noticed how much more alert I was & how I was managing to get through the day without yawning (writing reports all afternoon can do that to you).

I don’t make it very easy on myself, pinning all sorts of sweet stuff but like the rest of my Pinterest stuff, all those sweet things can wait!

So I’ve love to know what’s everyone’s opinion on sugar; how does sugar make you feel & have you ever tried to quit the processed stuff?

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Monthly Round Up: May;

May was one of those months where it looked okay on paper but in reality, was a lot more chaotic than I would of liked! If there was one way to describe May? Total mix bag!

I checked out a new pilates studio, Lifestyle Boom; went to the sauna four times in one week & as many times as possible after that; fell in love with gym classes once again; did free yoga at the Lululemon store every Saturday morning and enjoyed lots of coastal + park walks with friends.

I did a one day makeup course with my friend K where we learnt that the trick is in the tools! I’ve been using the same makeup for YEARS (creature of habit) and although it does the trick, it looked SO much better with some better makeup tools & certain techniques. Plus, trying a new chemical free primer for oily skin was a total godsend!

Horrorshow, Seth Sentry and Bliss N Eso (my three favourite hip hop artists) came to town & they played an outdoor show. It felt good to put on some jeans, boots & a hoodie and enjoy some of my favourite music in the outdoors (especially because I got to experience it with my big sis which made it even better).

For the month of May, I’ve been off the white stuff (processed sugar) but more on that in another blog post! (recipe for the raw prune balls can be found here).

May also marked a massive change in my life. I attended a 5 day course called ‘Train the Trainer’ with David T.S Wood (pictured above) and 300 others. I was pushed outside of my comfort zone where I got up on stage and trained the room as best I could (it was SO much fun!!), played like a little kid, laughed like I’ve never laughed before and met so many incredibly genuine people, it still warms my heart two weeks later. So many previous friendships are THAT much closer now and all the new friends I made in those 5 days, feel like friends I’ve known a lifetime.

Dancing at 1pm on a Thursday, the usual!

Some pictures of me up the front with David. I had to go up after we watched a video about Nick Vujicic (no arms, no feet, no worries) and that was the hard part. I was sitting there, balling my eyes out & then the next minute my name got called out & I was walking to the front to present. If you haven’t heard of Nick, definitely check out his story on his website, it’s incredible.

David is the impeccable human behind ‘The Kickass Life‘ podcasts which I highly recommend downloading! Now that I’m doing so much driving everyday, I listen to hours of the podcasts and have learnt so much in the last two weeks.

And here’s a small fraction of the awesome people I got to train with from all parts of the globe.

The Monday after Train the Trainer, my beautiful friend Courtney shared her 5 month progress photos with me & they were nothing short of amazing. I’ve watched this girl change before my eyes & seeing the positive changes in her life this year has been a super proud moment for me. So I figured I would take my own progress photos & I was a little shocked to see the difference! The photo on the first was taken in May 2012 and when I saw it, I said to myself, enough is enough. I was eating poorly, my stomach was always bloated and I did not feel good at 21. Fast forward two years, a wheat free diet, nutritional cleansing & better overall health, I feel a million times better. You can read my 12 month nutritional cleansing story over here.

And if I thought life couldn’t get any better, the day after Train the Trainer, my best friend of 17 years, S, called me & asked me to be her bridesmaid in her upcoming Gold Coast wedding. I’ve never been a bridesmaid before but I couldn’t think of a more perfect first time than standing up there with my best friend and her little sister, Bec, who also happens to be my little sister (naturally).

And of course, no month is complete without some epic food dates with loved ones. Photos pictured from Harvest Espresso, Wild Fig, homemade pulled pork, Roasting Warehouse and The Raw Kitchen (and that’s raw black forrest cheesecake pictured – sugar free!)

Amongst all the things that made May amazing (and chaotic and crazy), I sat my interview with the Australian Property Institute and was accepted to be a Property Valuer (kinda a big deal but whatever).  So the last two weeks have been fun; going to lots of awesome houses & apartments and meeting a ton of owners, builders, selling agents and tenants.

Will June be any less crazy than May? I highly doubt it!

Marianne Williamson;

Over the weekend, I read this powerful piece by Marianne Williamson and honestly felt every word of it. It’s a little something to print out, stick on your wall & read every day:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”