Sugar Free for 2 Whole Days

On January 1st I woke up less than thrilled.  Aren’t I supposed to be excited to keep to my New Year’s Resolution?  To add to yesterday’s post as much as I would like to say I was hung over during the race…I wasn’t and it was just called the Hangover 5k. 

Anyways this post isn’t about booze it’s about my taking to the Swanson challenge for two whole days.

Day 1:

Thoughts before eating breakfast (that is about 5 minutes while I make it).

What if I eat something that I don’t like?  (well then I’m not hungry and I don’t eat that again).

What if I eat something that hurts my race? (well that was my fault and good thing this isn’t a big goal race).

Even though my first day sugar free happened to be the first day I was back on the racing scene there was no major difference.  I didn’t feel much different or sluggish or hit by magical energy.  I felt the same as if I had my cream laden and seven splenda coffee and a normal prerace waffle and peanut butter.

I normally have a carbohydrate rich waffle before all races.  I used to have a bagel with peanut butter but that once sat badly in my stomach so I now decide against that.  This time I had 3 eggs and avocado.  Though that is one of my favorite meals I was a little bit uncomfortable eating it before a race.  This wasn’t a goal race so I was fine with trying something new.  I knew I liked the food to begin with, it wasn’t like I was having thai.  I honestly don’t think the difference made any difference in my 5k time.

Day 1 in review was not bad at all.  Honestly the first day of anything really isn’t that bad.  I did crave sugared coffee but other than that it was fine.

Day 2:

I had to wake up early on Thursday.  Honestly all I could think about was my sugary coffee that I really wanted.  Around 8am, I decided to go for a run to try and get the craving “out of system”.  My black coffee was not doing it for me.  (a couple hours after breakfast is my normal run time right now to begin with).

I actually was meeting Tara (finally) for lunch.  I was a little worried of eating at a restaurant doing this 21 days of detox.  It actually wasn’t difficult at all.  I got a smoked salmon salad with plenty of fresh greens, full fat goat cheese and more greens.


The second day was a little harder than the first.  I missed my coffee and I miss my artificial sweetener.

Other Key Notes:

While I am limiting processed sugar and artificial sweetener I am not completely cutting out carbohydrates.  With running, that would be not be a wise idea.  I’ll probably do a What I ate Wednesday post next week to show what I am eating and enjoying.   If you have any questions feel free to email me.


So far the easiest things for me to have “given up” for the things I really didn’t eat to begin with including processed food, heavy sugar sources and a lot of different grains.

I’m currently struggling with giving up artificial sweeteners the most.  I’ve craved fruit a few times but nothing like my coffee.  This weekend I hope to experiment more in the kitchen with some of the recipes they have provided.

Questions for you:

What is your prerace meal?

What is one staple in your diet that you would struggle giving up?

My am artificial sweetened coffee with too much cream

30 thoughts on “Sugar Free for 2 Whole Days”

  1. Have you tried your coffee with plain milk yet? That’s how I drink mine and love it. I’ve never had any sweetener in my coffee. I’m not a big sugar person but I’m very interested to see how you feel at the end of this detox.

    1. I think that is my best bet. The reason that I haven’t tried it yet is that we have been out of milk for a couple of days and haven’t wanted to brave the commissary rush for milk. LOL. Perhaps tonight since who goes grocery shopping on a Friday evening.

  2. I can’t wait to read more about how this goes because I’m considering it in the near future. I cut artificial sugars 2 weeks ago and haven’t noticed any difference but I’m not cutting out other sugars yet. I think I’ll stick to it better if I do it in pieces because too much change at once tends to overwhelm me.

    How do you think the eggs would have gone over in a longer distance? I feel like I could eat any healthy breakfast for shorter races but I get worried about stomach distress in half and full marathons because I’ve had to experiment on long run days until I found things that didn’t irritate, which incidentally is pretty carb heavy like bagels or oatmeal.

  3. I used to use fake sugar like it was going out of style. 4 in my coffee in the morning, 3 in my oatmeal for breakfast… And I was doing this for YEARS. But I gave it up this summer! It is 95% out of my diet. There are a few things I still eat that have a little fake sugar in them… certain protein powders and this one cereal I eat, one of the last ingredients is sucralose. It is what it is. But it is a drastic improvement from before. I used to drink diet drinks alllll day. It was really hard to give it up at first. But now I drink a ton of water, lots of milk, and when I am really craving a cold sugary drink, I have 1/2 water 1/2 apple juice. At leAst it’s real sugar!

  4. going paleo has been tough for me ONLY because the coffee–my peppermint mocha drowned coffee was the highlight of dragging my ass out of bed on this FRIGID days. black coffee with a drop of coconut milk isn’t cutting it. but it’ll be worth it once i adust =)

    keep it up!

  5. A life with out salt and garlic would make me super sad. I also love ketchup… Like put way too much ketchup on my eggs. Lately I have been much more relaxed in general about eating though so I think I could handle ditching ketchup for a bit.

  6. my usual go to before a race is toast with PB or a bowl of oatmeal.

    I would have a hard time giving up both coffee and salt – not together! I need my morning coffee or I’m basically dysfunctional, and with my thyroid issues I take in about 4x the amount of salt the average person does.

  7. I guess I need to thank my mom for traumatizing me when I was younger. She’s always been kind of health conscious, and I don’t even know how many times she told me that artificial sweeteners are bad for me while I was growing up. It made me steer clear of them, which I’m thankful for because I’ve heard how addictive they can be. Good luck with the rest of your challenge! Interested to see how you feel by the end of it.

  8. Good luck with the sugar free eating. Like you, I don’t know if I could give up the sweetener in my coffee each day. I would probably opt to give up the coffee entirely and go with another beverage, but I think it’s possible to drink the coffee without sweetener but maybe something else (just milk?). I’m looking forward to seeing your results and also how you feel when training without the sugar. I do agree that it can be addictive and I think artificial sweeteners are too!

  9. Major props to you Hollie! Changing your diet is NEVER an easy thing once you have become accustomed to a certain way of eating. Not only physically, but I think its mentally alarming to not eat your normal pre-run breakfast, post-run meal, etc. Although your almond flour waffle on Insta this morning did look amazing, I think I would struggle with giving up coffee. Its become such a ritual in my morning that kicking the habit would definitely be a challenge.

  10. One day without fruit is one day longer than I’ve ever gone, so props to you! It would be tragic to live without fruit, coffee, and probably almond butter too.

  11. They say it takes 14 days to fully clear a food from your system so I’m curious if you’ll feel better running more towards the end! I have really grown to love my coffee! I use So Delicious Vanilla coconut creamer and never use any sugar with it. Maybe it has some in there though. Hm. I don’t know. But it was big to cut sugar out of coffee for me.

  12. Wow I did not realize you were doing this. I think i have too much of a love for M&Ms and twizzlers to make it a day (as i eat a second serving of M&Ms)

  13. Wow good on you :)… I know a few people that don’t touch sugar… but I know I couldn’t do it, shame on me I know haha… Sugar is a must, seriously cannot live without it… I even run better when I have it before running… as in glucose oh and I love my latte with the choc sprinkled on top hehe :D… each to their own… Hope you’re having a great New Year so far! 🙂

  14. Normal pre-race meal: oatmeal with PB2, banana, and a touch of maple syrup or honey. I used to do a warmed up Picky Bar with sliced bananas, but when I started marathon training I needed something more. For longer runs, I add a little protein powder too. Its a good combo of protein & carbs while being delicious.

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