am was addicted to sugar. I don’t have a sweet tooth, I have an entire set of 32 sweet teeth.
This was a bitter realization I had when I found myself getting anxious and craving for a dessert post-dinner and I had none at hand.
I sat back to take notes of how much sugar/many sweets I consumed on a daily basis. I realized that I need, and eat, desserts or chocolate after each meal, and in between meals too. It didn’t help that I make all my Mithai’s at home. Sugar is the world's most popular drug. Click To Tweet
The fact that I couldn’t do without my sugar fix was disturbing.
That is when I decided that I need to undertake a 21 Day No Sugar Challenge.
Interestingly, I ran a poll on Instagram asking people if they thought I would be able to successfully complete the challenge, and ‘NO’ won by a huge margin! I was mortified and secretly agreed with them.
Strangely, this self-doubt spurred me to start. I read up on the internet about this challenge and decided to come up with my own version of it. I wanted to set goals that challenged me and were doable.
What were my 21 Day No Sugar Challenge rules:
- No sugar in any form, white, brown, refined, raw.
- No aerated drinks
- No canned juices
- No desserts/chocolates.
- No biscuits/cookies/cake
(Edited to add, because I am being asked this question a lot: I didn’t give up rice and ate fruits in moderation. I didn’t read the listed items of any packaged products I consumed. I wanted to quit raw/refined Sugar, not hidden sugars)
What were my goals?
- They say anything done for 21 days becomes a habit. Needless to say, I wanted no sugar to become a habit.
- I wanted to develop willpower since I have never had any.
- I wanted to De-addict myself.
- I wanted to get healthier.
Losing weight wasn’t a goal at all. All I knew was that cutting down on sugar would help me get healthier and I wanted to start that process inside out.
How did I fare?
I imagined that it would be difficult to stay without sugar since I went cold turkey.
Surprisingly it wasn’t. I had a smooth start with almost no cravings. I did well for the first 10 days.
The 11th day to the 15th day were the days that truly tried my patience though! I was literally in tears on the 13th day, sitting with an unwrapped bar of chocolate in my hand post-dinner and telling myself, ‘This challenge can go to hell!’ but I held back, put the chocolate back, gulped down a glass of water and went to bed.
What did I achieve
Eliminating sugar for 21 Days brought about these changes.
- 1) No migraine at all for the last 21 days
- 2) My anxiety levels went down.
- 3) I found myself becoming calmer
- 4) I felt lighter, fresher, and rested
- 5) My skin is glowing
- 6) Bodily aches and pains have reduced
- 7) I feel more energetic and have become more active
- 8) My thoughts and memory have become sharper and clearer
- 9) My gut feels good
- 10) I feel good overall
- 11) My taste buds have become sharper
- 12) My bloating and water retention have reduced by half, and are on a further downward spiral
- 13) I lost 2 kgs
What happened when I tasted sugar after 21 days
- Everything sweet that I ate tasted way too sweet
- Eating sweets made me feel nauseous
- I realized that consuming sugar and eating sweets is a habit, not a necessity.
What do I plan to do now, post the challenge?
I am hoping to do this challenge once again.
Till I start, I hope to continue cut back on sugar, save for special occasions
What helped me sail through?
I started enjoying how much healthier I began feeling
I put myself out there on Instagram and the support I got from friends and complete strangers were heart-warming and spurred me on.
So, after reading my experience are you inspired enough to try the 21 Day No Sugar Challenge too?