There’s no simpler way to say it really. I am fed up with the unhappy feeling I’ve had about my body image for the past 2+ months [since the end of October, roughly].
First off, let me say this: I try to keep Nutrition Nut on the Run a positive space for myself, and for all of you. We all deal with an indecent about of negativity in our lives – whether from ourselves or from the outside world – and my blog is a place where I have the choice to produce positivity by way of celebrating life, from sharing a good granola recipe to a satisfying Saturday run.
That being said, I am human… and life isn’t peachy 100% of the time. Over a week ago, I wrote the post: My Serious Sugar Struggle, where I admitted to y’all plain and clear that I have a
alcohol sugar addiction.
I put a lot of effort into keeping my body healthy in every way… ev-er-y minute of the day. I enjoy taking good care of my body, and I do feel that I’m doing the “right things” to keep it at optimal performance… except for the whole excessive sugar thing. Being a nutrition & food science major, worry wart, the Nutrition Nut, or whatever else you chose to call me, I wanted to know if how I take care of my body was really paying off inside. I went so far as talking with my doctor about my sugar concerns; she let me go ahead and get a glucose tolerance test – a total of three blood draws – to see if there was any truth behind all my worrying.
Unfortunately, doctors aren’t so easy to get a hold of. It’s been over a week of playing phone tag; I’m fed up with waiting for the results to start my sugar “cleanse”. No matter what the lab results are – I will share! – something has to change about my high-sugar diet.
I don’t know if it was Tina’s comment on my post tonight, or the Health Magazine tips I stumbled upon today [I’m easily inspired], but I’m ready to do something now! I am tired of my clothes increasingly getting tighter – not because I don’t realize body weight fluctuates – but because my body deserves to be loved every day, and it just can’t with un unflattering sugar coating.
The Tentative Plan:
- Eat a snack rich in protein between 3:00-4:00pm. I want to kick my frequent afternoon latte and cookie habit, and make that into an occasional treat, rather than a regular occurrence.
- Limit my desserts to 1 a day. I want to try Tina’s recent strategy of waiting until after dinner to enjoy my one sweet treat. Eventually, I’m hoping to eliminate dessert from my everyday “diet”.
- Limit dairy to 1-2 servings a day. Milk contains lactose a.k.a. sugar.
- More interval + strength training. I am a true believer that this aided in my lean ‘n’ mean 3rd half-marathon
- Bake less. I’m putting my #1 hobby on hold temporarily.
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What do you think? I’m not doing anything extreme until I talk to the doctor. I just want to start somewhere weaning myself from its sickly supply of sucrose.
I’ll keep you updated…