Sunday, October 11, 2015

3 MONTH CHALLENGE: Week 1

So, no dessert doesn't kill me apparently. Still alive. Surviving the first day of 3 months without sugar. So, lesson 1. EVERYTHING HAS SUGAR. Even milk, but the natural sugar that we take is different from the added sugar that we consume. Additives that is, however people would like to call it, natural sweetener, or anything else are bad for you. Yes, they are gluten free. But that does not make it healthier. I have had to switch drinking coffee with the sugar and milk to just black coffee, and my daily breakfast cereal contains a lot more sugar than I expected. 

Muesli it is to avoid sugar, with plain ol' hazelnuts and raisins- note that raisins contain natural sugar and does not contain any more sugar than its fresh counterparts. Hence, it is okay to eat dried fruit, although I hate fruit and I hate vegetable. So, this is going to be a challenge for me. Well, honestly, don't hate fruit that much, I do however hate vegetable.


For the first day, it doesn't quite feel like a problem, so hey ho. Turkish delight can be stowed away without a worry, orange juice can be in the fridge without me touching it, and everything else should be fine, right?

Lunch? I had porridge, without sugar, yes, imagine my misery and filtered coffee. How do I feel? Well, not lethargic, not sleepy, I feel fine. Don't have withdrawal effects yet, but then again, one day is not difficult. I'm trying to cut out white rice and white bread because of the carbohydrate originating from sugar is a lot higher than in whole wheat. 

Also, did you know that skimmed milk contained more sugar than whole-milk? Thankfully I do drink whole-milk, and low fat yoghurt has more sugar than plain yoghurt. Imagine my surprise. Anyway, it's also shopping day tomorrow to get me some food. I cannot imagine not snacking on cake, or Haribo. This is going to be dreadful. Well, see you tomorrow, I suppose. I don't know what I'm going to eat. This is heartbreaking already. 

I can't have malt biscuit with my tea. And I can't have honey, although it's a natural sweetener, but I want to try to avoid anything that may trigger my sweet tooth. No popcorn as well. OMG! No popcorn. 

Day 1 has been bland food as I had not been prepared for this, and I could not be bothered to go grocery shopping, so, I have to wake up early in the morning tomorrow to go shopping. ugh. 

Day 2 was relatively okay, with mostly egg whites and chicken, I think that's about everything I had and I had tea, a few cups of tea.

Day 3 on the other hand, was a lot tougher than I expected it to be. I had some cheese and onion pasty, no added sugar, I checked. I had grapes for lunch, and for dinner, more egg whites. I also had snack, which was cream crackers with cheese. All other types of biscuits are laden with sugar. 

Went to the supermarket and got myself some carrots to have with some hummus, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, baby gems, sun dried tomato, cucumber, salmon, creme fraiche, fish, bread (I found one without sugar added). It was a victory as I had to skim the shelves for the one without sugar added. Could not pick up tortilla wraps because it had sugar added, who knew. Last but not least, I think I've got enough food to last me a week, which I am extremely excited about!

So, already am feeling the withdrawal effect, I feel like munching on something, but really, I know I just want a bar of chocolate. Tea helps though. Just plain tea with no milk or anything.

Day 5 I'm really busy with work and I really want a bar of chocolate to ease the depression of having go through research and getting my dissertation written up. I'm drinking flavoured tea with no sugar and it's really no fun. But at least I'm still not giving into temptation of having a bar of chocolate. 

How many days to giving this up? Oh right, about 2 months and 3 weeks. But physically, I feel a lot better, I don't feel bloated or fat, I'm tired but I think it's mostly because of the amount of work I have.

Til' my next post. xx

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The 3 months challenge

Family and friends, I've decided to do the 3 month challenge of cutting out all sugar containing food which includes anything that contains preservatives and E numbers. For those who know me, you would know how hard it is for me to do. Excruciating is the word. For a person who consumes so much sugar, I am kind of surprised that I am not actually overweight. Although, I can bear witness to being extremely unhealthy. 

I don't even drink enough water and that is extremely bad for my health. I love flavour, food, if you know me, you'd know that my topic of discussion is always going to be food or travel. Because those are the two things that I love. I love unhealthy junk food and I love eating sweets, having ice-cream, heck, I still have got that tub of Haagen Dasz in my fridge, which I won't be touching for a long time. 

Anyway, the reason as to why I decided to do this challenge is because I have been reading so many things about how sugar is bad for you. I mean, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out, but I think just like me, I need someone to do it, to prove it. And what better way to do it than to do it yourself? Right? 

So, my current weight is 63.4kg, which is approximately 10 stones, or 140 pounds. Some people may say, oh, that's not much. But I am actually not toned, absolutely equipped with no stamina whatsoever and the heaviest thing that I lift is my box of juice. 

My goal is to assess how cutting out 3 months worth of sugar would make me feel and look. Acne is also fueled by sugar, so, in general consensus I would like to know how cutting out sugar would affect my skin and my overall performance.



What does sugar do to your brain? When you consume sugar, your body produces insulin to counteract the spike in your blood sugar level. And this isn't really good for you, because that spike is the thing that makes you crave for more sugar. It's like the modern day drug which is legal. You crave for more sugar time and time again and that is what causes you to gain weight and it's a legitimate addiction. 

I am deciding to put this to the test. As people have told me that if you take out sugar, you will have the withdrawal effect at first, but you will feel better after that, you'd feel a lot more energised and with this, it means, you will gain better control of your body. Making it easier to wake up in the morning, which is crucial, because you have no idea how many 9 am lectures I have. 

Anyway, putting this to the test here is Miss Amateur-sugar-loving-porcupine

Til' my next post. xx





Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Final year... already?

It has already been more than 2 years when I arrived as a fresher. But it's my final year now. I don't know what to think of it. But I do know that I can take a lot of things from it. But before I list down my tips and tricks, I need to get out of this alive. Hence, I would like to share with you how these two days has been. Hectic. 

I hope I will be able to continue with studies and be positive no matter how tough the going gets. I mean, I doubt there is a shortcut, and because of that, I know that I will have to work extra hard. I honestly hope that things will get a lot better after this. But hey ho, who knows right?

No one explained what University life would be like, but I will keep you updated on what I am doing. Follow me on instagram: amirajalfrezi . I post updates there when I don't on here. I am up to no good, rest be assured and will get back to you soon.

P/S: I can't believe how some people can be sooooo rude. I'll write more about this soon.