"I'll get it next year."
"Why start now?"
Do those sound familiar?
By now, a lot of people who set a New Year's goal have stopped striving for their intended resolution. Why? Because why not?
This year was different for me. After countless years of saying 'I'm going to lose weight, get healthy, and get out of my size 16 + clothes' , I'm sticking to it. I'm going strong. How? I have Young Living on my side.
But after the first week... I didn't miss it. My morning smoothie consists of Balance complete or Pure Protein Complete (which contain stevia and naturally occuring fructose), spinach, silk (which is unsweetened vanilla), fruit (naturally occuring fructose), and cacao (sweet but not sugar!). In the morning I also add ningxia red, which contains natural stevia extract. No sugar whatsoever... and you know what? I look forward to my morning smoothie. It tastes GOOD. It nourishes my body and helps me regain strength after a workout.
Lunch is usually a salad of some sort with chickpeas, lentils, tuna, pecans, all of the above, I play around with the recipe. I dress it with olive oil and balasmic vinegar and might even add a splash of tabasco for kick. Some chicken on the side and i'm set!
Dinner? Maybe a meaty pasta (starting the transition to whole wheat pasta; neat tip from my health coach is to have half regular pasta and half whole wheat if whole wheat is too weird of a texture for you!), maybe a chicken breast with veggies on the side, who knows? As long as there is protein I'm good. Maybe I will even have another shake (on nights where I need a quick dinner, I take my smoothies on the go).
Snacks can be anything from pepperoni sticks and cheese, to tuna and crackers, almond butter cookie (using honey as a sweetener), nuts, whatever! But again, no sugar!
Water intake: I just got slique tea and it is amazing. You will NOT need sugar for this tea. The ocotea tastes like cinnamon and helps sweeten this tea naturally for you! Or have a drop or 2 of slique essence in your water. Easy peasy.
Now the real reason I bring this up is because yesterday, after a full week of no sugar, I had a small slice of DQ ice cream cake at my future sister-in-law's place for her birthday. The cake was great but it didn't keep me full like my protein meals, and made me feel bloated and, as my fiancee and and I say, rolly-poly. But, if you get off the horse, you get right back on again. You eat healthy the rest of the day and you work out the next morning. But I did realize that I don't miss sugar. I don't need it. I don't need to feel that way. Sure, sometimes a small bite of dark chocolate is great, but I don't ever want to go back to my pop drinking, chocolate eating self ever again. This is a change for the better, and with Young Living as one of my tools, I know I will succeed.