So, we’re into week 4 of the 8 weeks – halfway there! I hope you guys are feeling great…the Myers are!
Part of the idea of T-Tapp exercises is that you really don’t have to change your diet in order to benefit from the program. How awesome is that?! Of course, you can always expedite things by changing a few of the things you eat.
You might remember before that we tried to partake in a Sugar Detox Challenge. We cut out high fructose corn syrup, white flour, and white sugar…but then the challenge got a little wacko and well…we quit. Yep – the Myers are quitters. We like pie, what can I say?
We did not reintroduce corn syrup, white flour, or white sugar into our diet. We continued to use natural sweeteners, but I noticed that our use of them had inched up…until we were eating entirely TOO MUCH sugar. Healthy or not – sugar is sugar.
Even if it is “good” sugar, your body will still respond the same way – blood sugar will spike and weight gain ensues. For me, this has taken a while to learn. I’ve always heard that low fat is the way to go – if you eat fattening things, you’ll get fat.
But, I’m a testimony to that fact that this is NOT true. When we started eating full fat dairy, I didn’t gain a bit of weight. At all. None. Nada.
Sugar is meant to be a treat – not an everyday occurrence. And yet, I was plugging us full of sugar every day: syrup, honey, ice cream, dessert each night, a handful of chocolate almonds. Something that was meant to be special was now something we ate every day.
When I eat too many desserts, I can feel my pants getting tight. I try to tell myself it’s the stupid dryer shrinking my pants again. But no. The dryer is not the devil. This isn’t because dessert is bad…it’s because too much sugar packs on the pounds.
So, as part of our lifestyle change with T-Tapp, we decided that sugar would once again be a treat. We only eat dessert on Sunday or during special occasions like birthday parties and holidays. Even then, I try to make the dessert myself and make sure I use natural sweeteners.
With this change and the T-Tapp exercises, I can already tell a big difference in how my pants are fitting. It was an easy switch – I’ve not sworn off sugar…I’ve just decided that it will only be on Sunday.
We don’t want a crash diet – we want a lifestyle change. To swear off sugar and desserts entirely is sure to fail for us because we really do enjoy a sweet treat now and then. Who doesn’t? And don’t lie to me – your eye is twitching.
Since we live an 80/20 lifestyle, this fits right in. Sugar? Yes…but only occasionally. As a TREAT like it’s meant to be. All things in moderation – including pie.
OR, I fix a dessert from my new favorite dessert cookbook – Smart Sweets. My friend Katie from Kitchen Stewardship has a rockin’ awesome eCookbook all about DESSERTS. And man, let me tell ya – they are delicious!!! The book is only $8.95 and it’s well worth the money.
There are no weird desserts in there – nothing on fire or calling for some odd ingredients from the Orient. It’s all easy stuff using whole food ingredients. I’m not into weirdo cookbooks – if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t wanna cook it.
Our family LOVES the Coconut Pie and Rice Pudding. SO good. If you don’t have this cookbook yet, you’re really missing out on some deliciousness. For real, yo.
Katie is giving Stacy Makes Cents readers a discount! WOOOO!!! Use the code CENTSFORSWEETS for 25% off when checking out. (good through 2/8/13).
So, who’s with me?! Are y’all willing to cut back on sugar to one day a week to see if you can shed some pounds? Pair this lifestyle change with T-Tapp and you’re sure to lose weight and keep it off!
How often do you eat sugar? Should you cut back?
**I am an affiliate with Smart Sweets…because I’m smart. HA!**