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It's been three days since I went "sugar free", and I'm feeling some results already. The first 24 hours were easy, but the following day I realised that I didn't actually have anything in the house to eat. I ended up snacking on a Nakd bar (ingredients: dates and nuts) and a bag of crisps (even finding crisps without sugar is actually a challenge!). That kept me going until I went to the gym, and I stopped off to buy some real food on the way.

The small Sainsbury's near the gym has lots of healthy snacks - spinach and egg pots, carrots and hummus, etc., so it's easy enough to pick something up for a quick boost.  I still felt "empty" though, and just generally not right on day two. I was frustrated with some admin stuff going on at the gym and just couldn't pull myself into a mental space where I could focus on BJJ. I ended up not training, and just going home when the gi class started.

The following day I still felt a bit weird and ended up not doing the lunch time class. I went for a jacket potato, and it was disgusting, so I ended up grabbing another salad to go. I started feeling better though, and did double sessions on the night.

Now I'm heading into another day and I can feel my brain fog lifting. I left the gym in a rush last night, so didn't have time to pick up groceries. The good news is I'm not particularly hungry now, so I've once again snacked on a Nakd bar. I'll pick something up on the way in to the kids classes, and hopefully the energy will kick in by the time the adult no-gi class starts.

Overall Feelings

My appetite has fallen dramatically. I do feel a greater mental clarity. I'm feeling physically 'empty' which isn't great, but I think that's more to do with how I can't just grab a quick sandwich any more, or pick up some food from the deli counter. I'll need to get more organised with my shopping because I can't just live on random junk long term. I'm not feeling any sugar cravings at all - I think I'm lucky that for me, with the exception of those muffins (which have been a traditional Saturday Morning thing for ages, and I'm expecting to reflexively want to buy one at the weekend), food has always been a convenience thing for me, so it should be easy to stick to this.

Let's see how the rest of the week goes!

Being sick / injured for several months has meant I spent a lot of time training less than I normally do. I'm lucky in that if I'm not training I don't feel all that hungry. Sadly, though, I do have a few vices - such as muffins from AMT in the train station. Those moist and sweet carrot cake muffins are addictive and I'm pretty sure they're not great for you.

I'm back on the mats now and my cardio is pretty good still. I feel strong too. But I'm constantly tired and just a little sluggish, so I'm going to try something that I did a few years ago and that worked really well - going sugar free.

I finished the last of my digestive biscuits this morning, and I've started the timer from lunch time. The 'rules' are:

1)  No chocolate, sweet pastries, cookies or biscuits.

2) No lattes - black coffee or unsweetened tea only.

3) No jellies, candies or other sugary sweets.

4) No soda or fruit juice.

Those are the "must do" rules. I'm also going to try over the next 30 days, to:

1) Avoid bread.

2) Avoid pasta.

3) Avoid dried fruit.

4) Eat some fruit, but limit it to one or two pieces per day, sticking to bananas/apples rather than really sweet stuff.

I won't be able to stick to that 100% because I travel a lot and often a sandwich of a pastry is all that's really handy, but it'll be interesting to see how it goes. I'm hoping to save a lot of money (no more running to AMT or Greggs, no more snacking in Sainsbury's!) to go compete in Belgium, and hopefully get more out of my training too.

Expected Challenges

The two things that I'm most concerned about are keeping my energy up for the days I do 3 sessions, and also saying 'no thanks' to cookies and other snacks that people keep offering. I'm in the habit of grazing before training so I'll need to find something to replace flapjacks with.  In the short term I could 'cheat' with crisps, but that's not ideal because it's just replacing one simple carb with another. I suppose for the purposes of this challenge it will work, but long term I'm hoping to give keto a real shot for the increased mental clarity.

I do believe in the whole 'one habit at a time' thing though, so it's probably worth trying to do sugar first, then moving on from there once skipping the muffins and flapjacks has become second nature!

If you've cut out sugar successfully, I'd love to hear your story!