Tame your sweet tooth challenge week 2 update
Sunday, August 09, 2015
I'm almost finished with week 2 of the "TYST" challenge so I thought I'd write an update.
This week hasn't been as overwhelmingly strict as last week was. I haven't had any sweets but I couldn't manage to go without bread for the entire week, but the amount I've had is very controlled and I don't feel the need to eat bread with every meal anymore. It became too much of a change all at once so I will leave bread in for now and make sure that the amount is very limited and only with certain meals, where it feels natural to have bread. (I made a mushroom burger and it felt very weird eating it without the bread)
When you have PCOS like I do it can be good to limit your carb intake quite a lot, which should make it easier to manage your weight, so I had to make a choice between staying a pescetarian and deal with the carb intake or start eating meat again.
Eating red meat and chicken is not an option! I've been veggie for about 15 years before I decided to give pescetarian a try, everything in my being says no. I need to find a way to deal with my carb intake. My strategy is to stick to veggies rather than fruits when I can, I haven't exactly decided how much fruit but I seem to feel best when I eat 3 or less fruits a day and let the rest of my carbs come mostly from raw veggies. I feel quite good when I have a large amoutn of veggies with every meal and I don't have any bread at all during the day (bread gives me a slight tummy ache)
I've been taking part in another challenge, which is aims to count how much fruit and veg you eat in a day, to make sure that you eat your 5 a day. This was quite an eye opener since that would mean that you eat 35 servings of fruit and veg in a day, my count for last week was 70.
I have a few sugar sources left in my cupboard. One is Hazelnut milk, which is pure awesomeness, but it has a bit of sugar in it so intake has to be limited. I also have a jar of not so high end peanut butter that I use for cooking with added sugar. Refined carbs left are pasta and white flour.
I felt a lot better during week one, when I was a lot more strict. Some inner stress and monthly visit from mother nature has had me quite low and unmotivated this week. I've been lagging a bit on my water intake and that has had quite a radical effect on how much I crave sweet things so I'm going to make sure to get my 8 cups every day. My sleep this week has also been a little irratic and I've been up very late at night and slept in until mid morning, but it has to do with my life being pretty screwed up at the moment so there is nothing I can do, the stress is going to be there until the issues are resolved.