I was really thankful to take my rest day yesterday! I was able to tie up a lot of loose ends with the wedding. The playlist is now complete, the layout of the venue is drawn out, and times of arrivals and set ups have been confirmed. Thank the Lord!!!
Anyway, Day 3 of the Bridal Body Slim Down was more successful than the last 2. I finally had a grip on my schedule. So this evening, I was able to manage a 4 mile run with Peter and later completed an ab workout.
I consumed the following...
Breakfast: GF Bread with REAL butter (more on that later), and pure honey.Snack: AppleLunch: Leftover Chicken, Chili & Rice with PeasSnack: Banana, Peanut ButterDinner: Egg Omelets with onions, green peppers, and black beans for added protein. All combined in a white corn tortilla with potatoes on the side (cheese omitted)Snack: Another Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (HEAVEN!!!)
I feel pretty good so far. I haven't had any cravings, nor have I had any issues with bloating. I am hoping that I can keep it up because it is rare that I go this long without any puffiness in my mid-section!
As I stated in my original post, I have decided to rid my food and drinks of artificial sweeteners. I have made the switch to organic pure cane sugar. Though I was a little apprehensive about changing something I have been used to for years, I haven't noticed any negative side effects. What I have noticed though, is a HUGE difference between "fake" sugar and "real" sugar.
- My cane sugar is darker in color, tinted or tan-like, while artificial sweetener (specifically Spenda) is pure white.
- Splenda is more of the consistency of a grainy powdered sugar. It's not crystal-like grains like cane sugar.
- Cane sugar is heavier & sinks to the bottom of a drink even after an initial stirring.
- TASTE! Splenda tastes a lot sweeter. Though that sounds like a perk, it truly changes your perception of what sweet is! I do not consider this a good thing.
- Sugar rush!! I noticed that when I consume the cane sugar in my coffee or tea, that I get a bit of a sugar rush. I never did with artificial sweetener. I can't determine if this is a good or bad thing. Though my thought is this: It is a natural substance and my body is going to have a natural reaction to it. Taking in an unnatural substance, my body isn't going to know what it needs to do.
I am going to experiment with this a little longer to see if my body shows any changes, whether physical or mental. Overall, my goal is to start avoiding artificial substances because these chemicals may impact my chances of cancer. I want to keep the abnormalities I did have in check. If that means ridding my body of unnatural substances, then I'll do it.
My only concern is soda. I do drink diet soda here and there just to mix with alcohol on the weekends. I am more hesitant about switching that then adding real sugar to my tea or coffee. I have yet to be faced with this challenge, but I will definitely try!
Anyway, I am hoping Day 4 is just as successful! Just a few more to go and I hope to be ready for this wedding!!!