No Sugar Challenge (NSC)

NSC

I gotta confess, I am a sugar addict. It’s like I need a dose of sugar after every meal in whatever form I can get it for eg. chocolate, sweet, sugar cube, etc. I don’t want to get diabetes. I needed to change something.

No Artificial Sugar challenge or NASC, in short, is to leave artificial sugar for as long as you can.

I decided to do this just out of curiosity and to see whether I really can quit sugar.  I read many articles about the ill effects of sugar and the good changes that our bodies undergo after quitting it.

The main goal here is to regulate sugar in my diet and start a healthy lifestyle along with Weight loss (which is definitely a side goal). The terms of the challenge are given below.

Terms of Challenge

  1. No artificial or processed sugar of any sort (Also no chocolates.).
  2. Only natural sugar which is present in fruits and veggies is allowed.
  3. No processed foods such as chips and any packed stuff you get in supermarkets, etc.
  4. Every Sunday I get to reward myself with a small chocolate just to control the cravings for the whole week.
  5. That’s the end of conditions I guess.

Day 1 (16-01-2018)

The first day was the easiest. I didn’t even feel like I was on a no sugar diet thingy. I just carried on my regular schedule, then went to the gym and back home and just like that, it was the end of day 1.

Also, I did go and buy a lot of fruits (no banana) and oats. The key to not realizing sugar cravings is to get engrossed in work and divert your mind from all those sweet-savory desserts.

Day 2 (17-01-2018)

Just as I thought this day will also go as a breeze, I found a box full of sweets at my place and was so tempted to grab one and eat. But, I stuck to the challenge and fought the urge. I think the cravings get real intense after a week or so.

I had an apple in the morning and a pear in the evening to stop the urges. And also a bunch of grapes in the noon.

Day 3 (18-01-2018)

The best way to complete any challenge is to be accountable for it. That’s when I decided to write about it. So, today I started writing about it. This is going to be a post where I’ll keep updating the status on a regular basis.

All the outcomes and changes which I go through will be posted in a different post.I don’t know the amount of time it’ll be before I feel changes in mind and body. Let’s hope it’ll be soon enough.

The breakfast today was a bowl of oats and cold milk with fruits (Green Apple, Pomegranate, Kiwi) added to it. Also, I put half tablespoon honey in the oats bowl. It sure was yummy and filling.

Day 4 & 5 (19/20-01-2018)

Being busy has its perks. I didn’t even know that I was on No sugar diet. These two days went off like a breeze. By the end of Saturday, I was happy that I’ve gone 5 days without sugar. Here’s what helped me come this far: Lots of fruits, busy in work and hitting the gym daily.

Being a hardcore sugar lover, I was feeling elated that I’ve gone 5 days without sugar. If I can do it, then everyone can do it.

Day 6 (21-01-2018-Sunday)

I was in a dilemma whether to have a cheat day or not. I wanted to continue my streak. So, for lunch, I was at a party and my arch rival Ice Cream was also present. It was a tough fight between my temptation and my consciousness. Craving took over me and I went and had a cup of Ice cream. No harm was done as it was my cheat day, I was allowed to have a small helping of sweet stuff. But in evening I was out with friends and craving took over me as I went to an Ice cream place. Had another Ice cream.

Day 7, 8 & 9 (22/23/24-01-2018)

I just couldn’t resist the sweets that were made at home. Had some Ice cream again on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday also I had sweets. The reason my mind kept feeding me was that “These sweets are made only once a year.If not now, then you’ll have to wait another year to have them. Hence it’s okay to have them for one last time.”

I felt like shit for breaking my challenge and all. I was frustrated and was ready to give up. But then I also wanted to get that win streak back on. I was not going to lose out on a silly challenge. I want to get back up and finish the challenge. So from tomorrow, I’ll be back on the diet.

Day 10 & 11 (25/26-01-2018)

Felt good to be back on track. 25th went well. No cravings, no temptation whatsoever. Did an intense cardio workout at the gym and was feeling good.

26th January is the was a holiday(Republic Day). No going to work. I am free the whole day. Being free means more cravings looking at sweets. I was habituated to eat something sweet after every meal. So it’s tough to not eat sweet after my meals. I’m controlling very hard.

Next week (27 to 2-02-2018)

It’s pain in the ass to upload progress daily. I guess this challenge to me was only to know whether I’m able to leave a thing that I love or not. It surely was a success till now except for the break in the middle.

I surely don’t wanna write about it daily though. Sometimes the cravings get too intense but after a while I just started perceiving sweets as bad thing. I’ll still continue with the challenge but won’t be documenting it daily. Instead I’ll try to focus on the benefits of leaving sugar after sometimes and write a separate post about it.

Here are some tips for anyone who wants to try this Challenge.

  • Make yourselves busy to be distracted from cravings.
  • If the cravings get intense, take a small cheat sweet once every week or so.
  • Eat a fruits if you feel like eating something sweet.
  • Think about the future image of the better you to get the required motivation.

For any details and queries, leave a comment below.

Say no to sugar to stay fit.

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