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Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Ash Wednesday! (Is that a thing people wish other people?) Well if not… guess I’m looking to start a trend. I posted the other day on Instagram that I would be giving up sugar for lent and I received a few questions. I then put up a poll on my Insta story and surprisingly enough… people were actually interested to find out what I was going to do and how I was going to go about giving up sugar for lent. I was shocked.
Well first things first… this isn’t my first time at the rodeo. In fact I’ve given up sugar for lent twice. Once in 2014 and again in 2015. Both times, I saw decent success and by week three didn’t find it as difficult as it was at the beginning. Essentially after lent ended, so did my restricted diet. This time I’m doing this a little differently (and a little the same) in order to make my transition back into my “normal” eating habits less shocking to the body. So let’s get to the meat of why you’re here right.. the how and the why.
Why And How I Am Giving Up Sugar For Lent
Why am I giving up sugar for Lent :
Well besides being utterly obsessed and addicted to sugar, I’m doing it for health reasons. Every Lent I take the time to reset/detox my body for religious and physical reasons. I have PCOS and anyone with PCOS will tell you that low glycemic foods are the way to go to better keep your PCOS under control. Needless to say low glycemic foods are not always a major factor in my dietary choices. I am a vegan most of the time, so I avoid dairy and meat. However, that leaves me with one vice: SUGAR. Many vegan meals are loaded with sugar, and even when I make food for myself that is healthy/ free of processed sugar, the snacking always puts my sugar levels over the top.
Besides limiting my sugar intake for my PCOS, I have a knee injury that I am slowly but surely trying to heal. Because of this knee injury I am unable to do the large amount of cardio that I was accustomed to doing in the past. I would offset my poor dietary eating choices by doing large amounts of cardio. This way I wouldn’t gain weight and could still eat pretty much how I wanted to. When my knee started acting up in September 2017, I switched over to a more weights based workout plan, that focused mostly on upper body, arms and ab work. While that may sound phenomenal, I went from running 15-20 miles a week, and 150 squats a day, to barely being able to get through 10 squats and one mile. This meant my weight would fluctuate, and it surely did. By cutting out sugar I’m helping to decrease the weight I’ve put on (very few pounds but I’m only 5’1 so all additional weight is immediately noticeable).
But now let’s go on to the how:
Because I’m trying to down size my spending in February and March (really the whole year) my eating out budget has come to a dull 0. I food shop every Friday evening at Trader Joes (you can keep up with my Trader Joes antics and rants on Insta story here) and making my breakfast/lunch for the following week. The only thing I don’t plan out is my dinner which honestly usually ends up being some sort of snack. It is very rare that I eat a full whole “adult meal” (according to my mom that’s anything with rice and meat in it).
This time around I’m going to have there balanced meals a day while adding 60-72oz of water a day to my daily routine (my skin will be pleased). I’ll also try and conceptualize what is to come at dinner time, in order to bring it to fruition. And of course limiting all staff parties/outings (save it for Christmas folks(. Here’s a short and brief over view of what I can and can not eat. Please feel free to send any questions my way on Insta or in the comments below!
What I can’t /won’t eat:
- Simple Carbs (raw sugar, corn syrup)
- Refined Sugar (White sugar)
- Nothing White (Refined grains… white bread, white chocolate)
- Meat & Dairy
- Soda & Juice
- Candies, cookies, cake, brownies…etc
What I can/ probably will eat:
- Vegan foods (at restaurants) that do not have added sugar (This will be trick AF… I’ll just stay my ass home)
- Fruits & Vegetables (Being careful/ paying attention to fruits and vegetables that are high in natural sugars like beets, grapes, and bananas)
- Complex Carbs
- Dark Chocolate (as long as there is no added dairy, and is 80% or higher)
- Whole Grains (Brown rice, oatmeal, sweet potato, quinoa, pasta)
- Air Popped Pop Corn
- Beans & Lentils
This isn’t a full list of everything I can eat, but the list of what I can’t eat is pretty much the comprehensive overview of what is off limits for the next forty days. As I transition back into my less restrictive diet at the end of lent I will slowly implement certain things back in. My forty days starts today (Happy Ash Wednesday – we’re making this a thing ya’ll) and ends on March 30th. Right now I weigh 130LBS and want to lose 10LBS. Besides that I want more defined abs and arms. Oh and of course to be healthy AF. I’ll be sharing all the high and low moments with you on Insta Stories (so follow along if you aren’t already) and I’ll share my end results too!
What are you giving up for Lent this year? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section below. It’s important to speak to your doctor before you decide to make any drastic changes to your diet.
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.