Week 3: Keto, Sugar Free Diet Challenge
Wahoo – I have nearly completed week 3 on my Keto/Paleo/Sugar Free diet challenge (still not sure what to call it now that I have added a few good, unprocessed, carbs). I am writing this blog a little ahead of time this week so that you guys don’t miss your usual Sunday morning update!
I am really surprised at how long I have managed to go without eating a single rubbishy chocolate bar! If no one else is proud of me, I sure am! Especially as it’s been that time of the month for me this week – thats when I usually turn into the biggest chocolate monster!
However, what has surprised me even more is that it’s only when I see someone else eating rubbishy chocolate (which luckily is rare – everyone close to me has been warned to hide away if eating chocolate these past few weeks!) that I actually crave it again, otherwise it doesn’t bother me that much any more. So long as I have my Keto goodies prepped and ready, I am fine.
This just proves my chocolate addiction was bad habit that needed to be broken.
Now I have re-learnt self discipline and have found a determination like no other to live a sugar free life as much as possible, it’s really becoming quite easy. Especially when you start to feel all the benefits of eating by your new regieme:
- My skin is looking much better
- My bloating has gone and my stomach feels much more comfortable in general
- I feel fresher, I have more energy and less
This weekend I have my friends wedding (Saturday) to attend so I always knew there was going to be some cheating that day. I set off well, making sure I ate a good Keto-friendly breakfast, Chai Coconut Pudding, and plan to have a light Keto-friendly brunch/lunch, prior to the ceremony at 1PM. I will be super careful not to cheat in the morning. However, as with all weddings, I know that in the afternoon, once the ceremony has past, it will be full of eating and drink lots of non-Keto friendly things!
But thats ok, I keep reminding myself, its supposed to be a lifestyle change not a fad diet. I plan to start my 24 hour cheat day from the first non-Keto-friendly drink or Wedding breakfast (whichever comes first) making note of the time so that when my 24 hours are up on Sunday, I will go back to eating only Keto friendly foods and drinks.
IF I can, ideally as I have not compelted the full 30 days I set out on yet, I would like to jump straight back into a strict Keto Diet as soon as I wake up on Sunday (hangover permitting) – keep an eye on my instagram, I will keep you updated to see if I manage this!
What will be interesting to see is how I feel Sunday/Monday after my first proper binge high sugar foods and drinks.
- How will my body react the following 24 hours after I go back to eating Keto only again?
- Will I have to go through the cravings and low energy days like I had at the start of the diet plan.
With this in mind, I have made sure that next week my meals are all planned, snacks are prepped and am ready to tackle the cravings head on – one cheat day is not going to ruin my strong winning streak!
I have one week left now of my strict 4 week/30 day challenge, after that we shall see where it goes, but I’m feeling strong and hopeful that this really will be a continued lifestyle change, with the odd cheat meal/day allowance.
So what have my touch challenges been this week?
Tough challenge #1: PMS Cravings – I knew that I usually crave my body weight in chocolate this time of the month, so I hit the week fully prepared, making double the amount of keto friendly, sugar free treats to keep my craving at bay. it worked!
Tough challenge #2: Keeping weight up – the last two weeks I have struggled to maintain both my body fat and overall weight, however adding a few carbs to my meals once a day has definitely helped this week.
This Weeks Sugar Free Diet Challenge Meal Highlights
This weeks sugar free snacks
In preparation for my usual chocolate binge triggered by ‘that time of the month’ I made 2 types of Keto snacks this week for my sugar free diet challenge:
Keto Chocolate & Peanut Butter Squares
Keto Dark Cocolate Raspberry & Almond Cups
Both were delicious, but I feel that the squares just had the edge – I love peanut butter so much!
My Sugar Free Diet Challenge Results so far…
A few benefits are…
- 3 weeks with no bloat – even on my period!
- My skin is still much clearer – even though I usually turn all pimply at this time each month
A few cons…
- Still ‘going’ much more than before – although this probably is a good thing, I seem to now have a regular pattern again. This new lifestyle shows it’s definitely helping my IBS.
Keto/Paelo/Sugar Free Diet Challenge Resources
As usual, I have kept note of all the useful sites and tidbits of information that I have used this week to help me on my challenge, please see these listed below for your reference:
- Low Carb Chocolate and Peanut Butter Squares – recipe can be found here
- Keto Dark Chocolate, Raspberry and Almond Fat Bombs – recipe can be found here