“Smack!” For the 100th time I must smack my own hand and remind myself, 15 extra pounds doesn’t disappear without sacrifice and the York Peppermint Patties are included in that sacrifice. So far I’m 5 days in to my wheat and cane sugar free diet, and several inches down. Most notably I’ve lost 1” off my waist, 1” off my abs, ½” of my hips and ½” off each thigh, (those are the only places I bother to measure because that’s where I gain the most). I don’t have a scale, so I can’t say if I’ve lost any pounds, I’ll check that next time I’m at my in-laws. It was checking my weight there last week that inspired this challenge. I realized that I now weigh what I weighed 9 months pregnant with my first child. Granted, I’m much more muscular now, and I was only 18 then.
The first couple days before starting my family on my menu, I admit that I ate a massive amount of feta cheese and dates. I know, that sounds disgusting, but it seemed to be the only quick foods I could grab without cooking, and the dates were my transition out of Easter candy. I’ve also been T-Tapping with clients and body brushing, which I will post more about on Thursday!
Did you notice the sticky notes in the photo above? Those are the risks you take when you over indulge in sugar. Seriously, it’s not a joke. I love sugar just as much as every other person in the US, but those kinds of consequence are staggering. That’s even worse than the low energy, bad attitudes and poor skin quality you may have. It can actually become a life and death issue!
Those of you who know me or follow my blog, know that I’m all about moderation. I know that God made sweets for us to enjoy, not as a temptation to snag us then make us sick. The problem comes from our lust for more, and more, and more…Sweeter, richer, more often, until it’s with every meal. The real problem with sugar is a heart issue. I love what my friend Paula calls it, “the belly god”. Are you serving the belly god?
I encourage you to enjoy sweets in moderation—they are a pleasure in life. I also suggest that you attempt to counter balance it with larger quantities of fresh vegetables and nutrient dense foods. When you make sure to eat plenty of vitamin and mineral rich food, plus add in exercise, you’ll find yourself craving sugar less and less. Explore ways to use honey, maple syrup or even more molasses, (which has all the nutrients extracted from sugar) in your baking adventures. If as Americans, we would follow one simple rule more often, we would be much healthier and lighter. It’s this: If you want to eat it, make it from scratch. Some of you are already starting to formulate a recipe for m&m’s in your head, me too! How fun would that be?
Your challenge for this week: Make everything yourself then comment below and tell me about it!
Kayla Howard is a stay at home wife and homeschooling mom who loves to teach the T-Tapp method of staying fit in 15 minutes a day from the comfort of your own home. She is a Biblical Health Coach and Senior T-Tapp Trainer, certified to teach all forms of T-Tapp. If you'd like to know more about becoming and staying fit and healthy, Kayla is happy to answer your questions! Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website: www.kaylahoward.com