I cannot believe January is over and the Swanson challenge is over. It doesn’t seem like a month ago I chose to partake in the challenge essentially giving up sugar and artificial sweetener for an entire month.
Here are some of the other posts I did relating to the challenge.
Sugar free for two days
Question and Answers
Hashtag that all the links!
Without further ado I thought I would share my overall experience and if I would recommend it, ect.
When I first started January 1st, I was nervous that I would not be able to last a solid month without sugar and artificial sweetener. I am someone who added 7 splenda to their wawa coffee each morning. I like things sweet. I don’t mind using half a carton of splenda. Though I don’t eat dessert daily, I do like it. There were so many things I felt like I was giving up? And why? Because Swanson vitamins asked me if I wanted to and I jumped the gun and said yes. I didn’t have a reason other then “it sounded good at the time”.
So the first day I was nervous and struggled. For about two weeks I struggled and missed my added splenda coffee. Although I don’t mind black coffee I didn’t want to drink it black every single day. I eventually landed on having coconut milk in it which wasn’t bad. A month later I’m not craving splenda but I will still go back to sweetened coffee.
After exactly two weeks I stopped craving sweet foods. I found myself craving savory foods for breakfast like eggs and omelets. While I am associated with eating a plethora of pancakes and waffles, it may surprise you to know that I ate eggs for breakfast before the challenge too. During this challenge I did stay away from sweet pancakes and waffles for breakfast though. I found myself not missing sweetened coffee as much. It was certainly a change and we started going through eggs rather quickly.
4 eggs and mixed vegetables
The final week I honestly didn’t feel like I was doing a challenge anymore. I just ate and didn’t miss anything sweet (with the exception of the coffee). It was like the honeymoon period ended.
Oh wawa you never fail me
Would I recommend this to others?
I won’t lie that the first two weeks are moderately difficult if you enjoy sugar or sweet foods. This isn’t easy and although I didn’t post and whine every single day, there were times that I really wanted to stop. I thought “no one in the blogging world will know, I don’t post it online it never happened”. Right?
I don’t feel like the challenge changed my life either. I do feel less cravings for sugar and I do feel like my skin has gotten a little better. I think everyone can benefit from it because you never know how it would affect you. Some people might be effected more and it might feel great for them!’
As far as the challenge, when I started I weighed 135 pounds and now I weigh 133 pounds. To the naked eye it looks like I lost two pounds in a month but I honestly can’t feel a difference nor do I feel like I did. (Can you really feel two pounds? No, probably not)
Did I enjoy the challenge?
I didn’t unenjoy it but I won’t go out of my way to avoid sugar. I won’t say it was the best thing ever or I didn’t have several moments where I nearly gave up…but it was okay.
What was the hardest part of the challenge?
This goes without discussion that the hardest part was not having seven splenda in my coffee every morning. At first I didn’t go to wawa at all to get coffee because I thought I would cave but I started going and getting black coffee and it was okay. I ended up getting black coffee and adding my own coconut milk in. It ended up being not so bad. I will say I did get the recommended serving of vegetables daily which is something I’ve always struggled with.
So many salads.
What was the easiest part of the challenge?
I never really had a lot of sugar for dinner so it wasn’t hard to make sugar free dinners at all. Occasionally I would miss dessert but not often.
Do I plan to stay sugar free forever?
Absolutely not. As of February 1st, I will continue going to wawa and getting my splenda enriched, irish cream coffee daily. I regret nothing. I will probably try and keep my sugar and artificial sweetener lower since I’m not craving it but I will not go out of my way to stay sugar and artificial sweetener free.
I don’t regret anything and it was an enjoyable month. I’m not going to maintain a sugar or artificial sweetener free lifestyle forever. I’m going to enjoy a giant piece of red velvet cake at the diner tonight as a reward.
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Questions for you:
Have you ever done a sugar free challenge or the 21 day detox?
What is your favorite dessert?
Red velvet cake or bread budding for me.