Week 16 - No more treats!
No refined sugar, caffeine or alcohol...... ummmmm well....
Oh Gosh! I am not even going to lie. I failed. I failed miserably at this experiment. We had to cut out alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar for 4 days. I couldn't do it!
I don't drink a lot of alcohol. I don't really drink at drink at home. I will drink if I go out (which isn't very often!) but not excessively. My father is quite (very) a heavy drinker and so I don't bring that into the home for my family. But this week I had my leaving do from my old job and so I drank 4 drinks (that's all it takes!) and I had friends round so I had a small glass of wine with our meal! But this is unusual for me as I usually go weeks without drinking and so this isn't an area that causes any effect on my life.
The only caffeine I drink is tea! So I bought decaffeinated tea! I have switched and haven't looked back! I can't taste the difference. But someone has informed me that it is not the caffeine in that affects your iron levels its the leaves that absorbs your iron and so caffeinated or decaffeinated it is still not good for you. I love tea.. I love tea with a pod of cardamom in the morning. I think I will cry if I have to give this up! But I do feel tired and so maybe I have to look at reducing my tea absorption (sometimes that is all I drink throughout the day) to maybe just having one or two cups in the morning and that is it!
Oh sugar. Sugar sugar sugar.... did I mention I am a chef? Did I mention I specialise in pastry? Did I mention I love all sweet things? This is the area I am disappointed with myself. I tried and I couldn't do it. Last year I cut out all refined sugar and did so well - I was super healthy and fit. And now a year later, I am a stone heavier, my skin is bad, I am super unfit and I am just not feeling good about myself. I comfort eat. That's embarrassing to say but I do. I know I do. I threw away all sweet stuff in my house because I knew that my son and I would be at it otherwise. But it's when I'm at work and we have pain ay chocolat for breakfast and dessert everyday that's the problem. This is an area of my life that I really have to tackle and not just as a four day experiment but as a long term project. I want to feel good about my body, my skin and feel less tired and less mood swings. I also need to set an example for my son.
I thought this experiment would be so easy but it wasn't. I couldn't complete it. But what it has shown me is that there is one particular area of my diet that I need to tackle and eliminate because I am not fuelling my body with the goodness it deserves to function to its best.