Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Sugar Free Feb-Mission Complete

I write this after demolishing a pain au chocolat. And why is that important? Because it’s March and I can eat processed sugar again! Woo!
On Feb 1st I embarked on a sugar free quest to raise money for Cancer Research UK- a charity very close to my heart after my gran’s battle with lung cancer. Thankfully she survived however many many others don’t which is why fundraising is important for scientists to carry out vital research.

Again I need to stress that by sugar free I mean processed sugar so natural sugars in fruit and vegetables are perfectly fine to eat. I have to say my first two weeks were a struggle which you can read about here. It was a shock to find out how many things contain hidden sugar. The biggest one of course was stock cubes…an essential ingredient in many of my ingredients. Sourcing a replacement was difficult but not impossible-many recipes were saved!

So any health benefits?

Well I have significantly more energy than I usually do. My skin is looking fabulous, even if I do say so myself. Oh and I’ve lost over half a stone in weight! Not going to lie I feel and look great! Yes that sounds rather up myself but why not have confidence in myself!?

So what now?

Today I am on an almighty sugar binge! Although it’s hardly midday and I am already feeling a bit sickly so I might need to calm down a little. I don’t want this month to be a waste so my plan now is to only have sugary snacks and treats at the weekend. Rather than cut them out completely. Also a man who works in my building who has been cutting down his sugar intake now for almost 8 years told me that when he reads the list of ingredients, if sugar is listed in the first few items then he won’t eat it. The list is written in order of quantity just in case you didn’t know. I plan to do this too to keep on feeling this good!

Was it worth it?

Hell yes! Not only do I feel better and have lost weight I have raised £105 so far for Cancer Research UK.

So proud! Just want to say thank you all for your support and words of encouragement.



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39 comments

  1. Congratulations on completing the challenge and raising a great amount for Cancer Research UK! I imagine that pain au chocolat tasted fantastic, but it's great that you are going to continue to cut down on processed sugar and that you have seen such great benefits from this last month without it.

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    1. Thank you! And yes omgh it was the best tasting thing I have ever eaten ha!

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  2. Firstly, well done. I am sooooo very impressed by anyone with this amount of willpower and for such a great cause. Secondly, enjoy the sugar binge!!!

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    1. Thank you very much! The binge did not go to plan, I only ate a fraction of what I had planned to and I felt so ill... :(

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  3. Good for you - that's a great goal!

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  4. i really wish i had tried this myself i know it would have been so hard especially with pancake day

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    1. You could still try it. Yeah pancake day was so annoyingly timed

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  5. I am cutting sugar from my diet as well. I don't have a sweet tooth anyway but still cutting it out from where I sue normally. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

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    1. Good luck! Hidden sugars are such a shock in the beginning

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  6. Well done you! That's an amazing goal! I am doing something similar and giving up chocolate in March for charity!

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    1. Thank you! And good luck with giving up chocolate!

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  7. So glad to hear that your gran survived! But well done you for raising money that is brilliant xx

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  8. I couldn't give up sugar, but i think you have done great raising the money you have x

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    1. Thank you! I didn't think I could do it either some days

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  9. Well done you should be so proud that you managed it, I wouldn't have. I think it's good to limit sugar to the weekends, means you've made a change but still get a treat x

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    1. Thank you! Yeah I have been seeing so many health benefits that I didn't want it to be all for nothing

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  10. You made it - congratulations! Well done for the money raised too :)

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  11. Well done you! It's harder when you stop, because you want to binge. It's better to eat in moderation rather than being too strict with yourself.

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    1. Yeah that's why I plan on limiting my intake now rather than stopping forever

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  12. Wow so proud of you! Congratulations love! I think i really need to go sugar free too after reading about so many benefits!

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    1. Raising money was my main goal but the health benefits were such an amazing bonus

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  13. Well done, I'm not sure I could have managed this. Fantastic amount of money to have raised too x

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    1. Thank you very much! I must say I am rather proud of myself

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  14. Congratulations! Did you notice any difference in how sweet things tasted once you tried them again?

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    1. Thank you! Oh my goodness I have been so ill since yesterday! I planned on having such a sugar binge but couldn't eat very much. My body seems to be rejecting the sugar, it's much more difficult than giving it up

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  15. Well done on completing it! I always notice that my skin is so much better when I cut back on sugar.

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  16. How awesome! Sugar really is in EVERYTHING. So nuts! Good for you, I'm so glad you were able to meet your goal.

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  17. Well done you, great effort. I need to cut down on my sugar intake again.

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  18. Congrats! I went sugar-free in January for whole30 and haven't looked back. The benefits are SO worth it, no?

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  19. Wow well done lovely, I am so impressed that you have done it and for a good reason too x

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  20. What a great way to be healthier and raise money at the same time! It's amazing how you lost so much weight from it to, may have to give it a go myself!

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  21. Wow well done on both the weight loss and the amount you have raised that's great to hear.

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  22. Congratulations on reaching the end of the challenge and what a great amount of money you raised. I'm looking at doing something Similar soon x

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  23. Well done of raising the money, its a great challenge x

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  24. Well done for cutting sugar and raising money! You're much stronger than I am haha.

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  25. Huge well done on completing this challenge! The number of people who always say they are going to do something, then never stick to it, bug the life out of me! I'm so proud to call such a dedicated person my friend! :) xx

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