By Sabrina Perkins of seriouslynatural.org
Welcome October! Welcome and come save me – I enjoyed my birthday month a little too much! For those of you that don’t know, I just turned 50 and lost 60 pounds within this past year. I ALSO got too friendly with sugar and gained a few pounds back. Not only that, but the sugar monkey is on my back and as we step into fall, I need to restructure my eating habits.
First things first, I’m doing a 30 day sugar challenge for the entire month of October and would LOVE it if you would join me. Find us on IG @ #seriouslynaturalsugarchallenge to share your progress on social media!
I am a BIG lover of carbs. I love bread, and all forms of it. From crackers to muffins to bagels, I can consume bread as a meal if I allow myself. And while I love it, my body does not! The weight was coming back quick, so I decided to make this change before the holidays.
With Halloween at the end of the month, and the big food holidays around the corner, I know I need to get it together! I’ve done a little homework and came up with a challenge that will allow me to lower the carbs, and hopefully get me to steer clear of processed sugar which makes me crave more sugar. It’s a vicious cycle that I must stop and I have listed the items I will be ditching for the entire month of October. Yes, that definitely means no Halloween candy will be consumed and that’s a good thing. I love candy. Lately, I’ve been eating Milky Way bars like I owned stock in them!
I will be adding my creamer to my coffee every morning so that’s the only sugar I am allowing myself during this challenge and I measure it out everyday. I suggest you pick something (1 thing) to still eat, if you need to, but make sure you portion it and not go H.A.M. The objective for the month is to get the sugar monkey off our back. This will help when the holidays roll around and we lose weight AND have better control of what we eat so we don’t gain for the rest of the year.
Make sure to stock up on some healthy snacks like nuts and fruit to help during the process, as well. Keep the good foods around you, and ditch the bad ones. It’s harder when you live with others, but ask if they wouldn’t mind ditching them so you can do this with less distraction. It won’t kill your family to do without all that sugar for 1 month!
I am super excited to start this challenge and hope you will join me. I plan on sharing how it’s going, daily on social media. Together, we can get off to a great start for the holidays and not feel pressure to start a New Year’s resolution of losing weight.
Don’t forget to drink lots of water, maintain portion control, and forgive yourself for setbacks that may come along the way. Remember, use #seriouslynaturalsugarchallenge to share your progress on social media.
Sabrina Perkins is an author and beauty blogger of two successful blogs, seriouslynatural.org and naturalhairforbeginners.com. A natural hair expert with over 10 years in the field, her newest book, Natural Hair For Beginners – A Beginners Guide To Going Natural Successfully! has received rave reviews and breaks down the basics of natural hair and how to keep it healthy.