Made it to another Friday!
Before going sugar-free, Jon and I got into a takeout Friday routine – I would either pick something up on my way home from work or order something when we got home. This didn’t last very long (a sugar-free lifestyle came up not long after its implementation!) but it became a habit I really loved.
Bringing home food on a Friday night meant I got to relax and kick off the weekend as soon as I got home, rather than head straight to the kitchen to cook dinner.
Today, I really missed takeout Fridays.
It had been such a long week nothing sounded better to me than a bottle of red wine and a full-on Chipotle burrito with cheese and sour cream and rice, with salty corn chips.
But we stayed in to save some money since I had already gone to the store, and I made a salmon Caesar salad (homemade dressing). It was delicious and had the salty-fattiness I had been craving.
Immediately after, the chocolate craving ensued, and I wanted nothing more than to dig into the chocolate fudge my sister had gotten me for Christmas. But instead, I ate some left over sugar-free chocolate mug cake with almond butter, and I felt full and satisfied then, too.
But then Jon suggested ice cream, and even though I thought I tamed my cravings beast for the day, I didn’t think I could let the opportunity pass me by. You see, Jon and I usually have opposite cravings: when he’s ready to stay the course off sugar, I want to indulge an
d vice-versa. It’s pretty perfect actually, it keeps us accountable – we’re only human, too!
Anyway, I felt pretty satisfied with my mug cake and didn’t want the ice cream any more, but if he was going to go get ice cream and cheat, I may as well go down with him. So I pulled on my sweatpants and headed for the door behind him.
We even made it out of the neighborhood before we said, you know what? I really don’t need the ice cream.
This is all a part of overcoming the sugar addiction. No matter how many days you’re off of it, the sugar monster might still come knocking on your door every now and then.
Sometimes it might be worth the treat if you’ve made it past the 21 day challenge and have transitioned into a lifestyle, but tonight wasn’t one of those nights. It was more worth it to wake up tomorrow feeling great, not because we didn’t “cheat” but because we truly feel that much better off of processed foods and sugars.