Jan 10, 2010

Not a Diet, but a Lifestyle Change

I'm Jessica and I live a sugar free/low carb lifestyle. Some people think i'm crazy, and others want to know how I do it. This blog will be for both kinds of people. I'm here to prove that it CAN BE DONE and i'm here to show you HOW TO DO IT!



First of all, living sugar free/low carb is not a diet. Its a complete lifestyle change. I know, it sounds even scarier when I say it like that, but I'm not here to lie to you. Sure, you can cut out a few cans of soda each week and drop some weight. You can give up your favorite cafe latte, mochachocalattayaya that you pay a bazillion bucks for each morning and perhaps you will probably see some results. But why are you doing that....to lose a few pounds? If thats your only motivation then you perhaps may not succeed. How about losing weight, being healthier, having more energy, raising your metabolism, fighting harder against heart attack, stroke, and diabetes, lowering your caloric intake, feeling clearheaded and back to your old self again!



HERES WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW BUT NEED TO KNOW: Sometimes we feel sluggish, foggyheaded, and unenergized. So much of the time its your sugar habits that are causing you to feel this way. Your body is used to getting it's energy from the sugary, empty calories you consume. However, this is unhealthy for your body and the result is..you crash. When you live sugar free, your body's energy source is coming from the natural and healthy foods you are now eating AND (this is the best part) your body is now getting its energy from your FAT STORAGES! Thats right! When you are free of sugar, your body turns toward your stored fat as an energy resource and the result is constant weight loss. Add exercise and lots of water into that equation and you'll see terrific results.



I'm not going to "sugar coat it"(sorry, couldn't resist it! haha) but here's the truth. Because we are a sweet tooth society, this will probably be the hardest "diet" to start. Sugar withdrawls are not fun! If you are super strict and cut out all sugar and most carbs, you can look at probably having withdrawls for about a week. BUT, you can quicken the recovery process by drinking lots of water and getting lots of exercise. The more you exercise, the quicker your body will be FORCED to use that last bit of that false sugary energy. The more water you drink the faster you can expell it and get rid of it for good! You'll feel cravings like you never have before! You'll be in your goody pantry basically hyperventilating trying to tear open the box of Captain Crunch cereal! I know because i've been through it! Ridding your body of sugar is not easy. Thats because we eat SO much of it! The good news is, once your body is rid of sugar, you will hardly crave it. You will still have urges, but never as before, when you were eating sugar. It gets easier and easier to resist sugar the longer you are without it.



If your serious about losing weight, being healthier, and feeling the best you've felt in forever, then go sugar free/low carb! Why do I add the low carb part you may wonder? Well, because you can't go sugar free without going low carb. Starchy Carbohydrates are just sugar, and your body does not need them.



SO, TO GET STARTED YOU WILL NEED TO:

1. Rid your pantry of all junk food! If you have a family that will not be participating then lock that stuff up! Keep it as far out of your reach and vision as possible!



2. Go grocery shopping for the sugar free essentials to at least last you through the withdrawl stage.



3. Have some serious motivation for your goal: Weight loss and a completely new you! You will look and feel better than ever! This is your goal. YOU CAN DO IT!


More to come: Simple sugar free/low carb shopping list to get you started!


What you can expect from this blog: recipes, ideas, menus, food pictures, guidance, and motivation! I'd like to blog my daily snacks and meals at the end of the day (with pictures) to give you an idea of how I stay sugar free, as well as my personal experiences in dining out, dealing with holidays, and eating at friends. I feel that if you have a real life example of how to handle "sugary" situations, you'll be better equipped with resisting tempation. I am here for all questions and I hope I inspire many to make this amazing lifestyle change!

3 comments:

  1. WOO HOO!! I am so excited that you started a blog - and im ready to read your next entry on what the essentials are. :) I basically do it already, but when im in a hurry or public eating out with friends or family, i find it hard to do. I remember some of your old info, and its helped me. I think if i start hardcore tomorrow, im going to be stalking your blog when im craving something sweet! haha You're awesome, Jess!! So glad you're going to help us crazy weight-loss obsessed girls! :)

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  2. Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful recipes. They look delish and I know they will help me along my weight-loss journey. You look fabulous, by the way. :)

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  3. I have never done a sugar free or Atkins diet. Do you count your carbs? how many should you eat? do you count calories? Thanks!!

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Thanks for visiting, I love hearing from you, however it still always surprises me how many mean and rotten comments I receive, so please remember that I post what I eat merely as a suggestion of ideas for others. Low carbing is not cut and dry. What works for me may or may not work for you. Also, I live exclusively low carb, but I don't live my life counting them so I don't often include the net carb counts on recipes. Happy low carbing ya'll! :)

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