30 days of March
It’s 7 p.m. on a Wednesday night and my week has been particularly stressful. I woke up early, went to work, ate three healthy square meals and even had a stellar workout! Then I sat on my couch, turned on the TV and began to decompress. Soon however, a little voice began to whisper sweet nothings in my ear as it tempted me to turn to chocolate to take the edge off of the day. The tug of war began and it didn’t take long until I begin to break… break me off a piece of that KitKat bar.
An hour later, surrounded by empty wrappers and shame, my stomach distended and in pain, I sat there, drowning in a sea of guilt trying to figure out how I ended up here time and time again.
Those of you who know me are fully aware that I am a workout addict who is all about bone broth, kombucha and spreading the ‘Gut Gospel”. What most people don’t know however, is that I am a closeted sugar addict. While I try my best to only allow chocolate or candy on Friday, I often slip up or justify terrible snack choice if I am feeling unhappy.
As dramatic as this might sound, I am shackled to sugar, and it has always been my dream to free myself of the addiction once and for all.
Massive sugar intake can be extremely detrimental to your health and can lead to serious risks like diabetes, heart damage, aging, shortened life span, nutrient imbalance, increase risk of illness, behavioral changes, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, altered energy levels, feeds cancer cells, digestive problems, drowsiness and crankiness, anxiety, depression, and and and and… this delightful list just goes on and on!
Who would have known that my toxic relationship with sugar was not only derailing my fitness goals, but could lead to many other serious health issues and concerns!
When we eat any form of processed sugar, massive amounts of ‘feel-good’ hormones, such a dopamine, are released into the brain that relieve pain and stimulates similar areas in the brain as illegal drugs and substances do. So technically speaking, it is a full blown addiction!
I’ll take my day sugar-free
March has started and this marks the official meteorological beginning of spring--a time for awakening and change. And as winter melts away, it allows for the blossoming of growth and renewal to erupt from the earth!
Let us take this opportunity, initiated by Mother Earth herself, to have our little personal ‘thaw’. If there has been something you have been wanting to accomplish or change, now is the time! So let’s plant seeds of metaphorical growth and watch as they bloom into fruits of triumph.
Challenging yourself is a crucial element to living an authentic life, and It is a glorious way to shake everything up to bolster your beliefs and lifestyle. Therefore, for my time of growth, I have decided to break-up with sugar for the entire 31 days of this Month.
During ‘Madam Ling’s Sugar Free Meditation Month’ I will also be meditating every morning for 10 minutes, which I will increase over the the 31 days. Meditation is such an incredible and beneficial force to have in your everyday arsenal. We hardly get a moment to ourselves, and sitting down in silence, taking deep breaths can revitalize your energy levels and re-centers us when we feel displaced in our own body. Meditation will be especially helpful as I attempt to kick my addiction, which I have a feeling is going to be a rough ride. I am planning on supplementing my usual sugar stress with meditation.
“Beware the Ides of March”, so goes the infamous cautionary phrase whispered by a soothsayer to Julius Caesar, warning him of his failure and death. What have I gotten myself into? Have I set myself up for failure and betrayal as Julius Caesar did? Et tu sugar?
Like anyone else beginning something new and challenging, worry and failure have begin to creep in and I cannot help but think, will I be able to succeed? Also, sugar and I have been in a long-term relationship, and shedding this part of my life will take adjusting to.
Regardless of success of failure, the point is to embark upon the unbeaten path with a sense of joyous wonder and celebrate what you are about to gain, versus what you will lose.
I have done ‘cleanses’ and ‘challenges’ but these all came from a place of simply wanting to shed a few extra kilos. It never came from a place of wanting to grow both spiritually and physically. It is my hope that by genuinely calling upon change, it will anwer.
Madam Ling’s Sugar Free Meditation Month
Spring is upon us. What is it that you have wanted to conquer? Who cares how small or big your battle is, what counts is that it is YOUR time for change. It can be as simple as cutting down your caffeine intake from two cups of coffee to one for instance.
Here goes 31 days without sugar.
Some other helpful tools I plan to use:
DoTerra Slim and Sassy
Follow or join Laila (IG:lalyafi) during her sugar-free test and tell us how YOU are going to challenge yourself. Send in your photos or stories for this Month of Growth with the hashtag #livesugarfreelivehappy
Written by: Laila Al-Yafi