I'm finally on the other side of my first #DavyDoesChallenge!
I went 30 days without added sugars, and I feel great-ish. The reason for this challenge? When I quit drinking my sweet tooth kicked into overdrive; for 2 years I've been eating ice cream and oreos and donuts like it's nobody's business! I started to realize that when I was stressed or anxious I did this even more and I needed to break the habit.
Initially, the toughest part was figuring out WHAT I can eat. I did not realize how much sugar is in everything! My neighborhood isn't the fanciest, who knew you couldn't even buy peanut butter without added sugar at the local grocery stores - no more hitting the smart and final on the corner for me. Smoothies saved my LIFE! My favorite was frozen banana w/ blueberries, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, peanut butter & collagen protein; drink that in the morning along with a bowl of steel cut oats and a black coffee and I'm off to a good start!
Not eating carbs was the next biggest challenge for me - ramen, pizza, pita and hummus, and pb&js are staples of my diet so it was like starting from square one! I don't think I've ever cooked this much meat in my home in a whole year, forget about 30 days! I stockpiled on chicken breasts, steaks, salmon filets and even some gamier stuff like livers. Lots of eggs, lots of black and garbanzo beans and lots of fresh salads with mozzarella, tomatoes, red onions, golden beats and balsamic vinegar.
About 2 weeks into the challenge I got the hang of things; my sweet tooth subsided and I started having a big more fun in the kitchen. Yams and avocados and 'meatier' veggies played a big role in making a filling meal. I still have a long way to go before I'm cooking up meals like @leefromamerica but it definitely put our eating habits as a country in perspective.
I will say, I maybe went overboard on the beans and bananas and am now trying to cut back. I never really understood what "bloated" meant/felt like until this month. I'm gonna try and keep away from sugars except on special occasions, and steer clear of desserts favoring healthier snacks like fruit.
Oh yea, and my only cheat day? I was on set, and starving and all they had was pizza....I succumbed and had a single piece (of heaven) - but the guilt was too much to have another.
All-in-all, I feel better....maybe not always physically, still trying to figure out what my body likes and doesn't like - but I don't feel guilty about what I'm eating, and mental happiness is just as important as physical well-being.
You should give it a try! If you don't like it, there's a pint of oreo icecream waiting for you!
steel cut oats
blueberry, avo, banana, peanut butter, almond milk, collagen smoothie.