I’ve always had a sweet tooth and for probably about 18 months now I’ve been eating ice-cream every evening, and sometimes I have seconds too. Not to mention the sweet treats I sneak in during the day. On the odd occasion that Jamie has suggested I try and curb my ice-cream ritual, he soon lives to regret it.
I feel like I’m just about getting away with this habit – I’m a size ten and a healthy weight, I’m rarely ill and I exercise a lot. My sugar habit feels like a fair reward for all the running I do.
However I keep getting this creeping feeling that if I could crack my ice-cream addiction there would be a shed load of benefits.
I would like to be a little bit lighter – my clothes just look that bit better when I’m five pounds lighter. And I just wonder what my skin might look like if i wasn’t mainlining so much sugar. Perhaps it would reveal a new radiancy I’ve never experienced before?
I’m curious about my moods and energy levels, if I wasn’t regularly spiking my energy levels with refined sugar would I feel more energetic, calmer, happier?
And what about the long term health effects? Whilst I may not be fast tracking my way to a chronic disease with my daily frozen tipple (it’s not like I’m smoking 20 a day) I still think I’m not properly protecting myself from potential illnesses in the future. If I put more good nutrition in my body in place of all the sugary snacks I would be giving my body it’s best possible chance to fight any diseases that come its way – whether that’s a cold or cancer.
These thoughts have been whirring around in my head for a good few months (or years even), so the New Year seems like a good opportunity to seek some help and find out whether addressing my sugar addiction would have a positive impact on my life.
I don’t want to attempt this healthy eating journey alone, so I’m enlisting the help of Michelle Pratt, a weight management coach. We will be meeting soon to discuss ways of tackling my ‘problem’. I chose Michelle because she digs deep into the mindset and motivation of behaviour around food. This seems like a highly sensible approach as I don’t just want to implement some healthy eating measures for January and then slip back into my old ways come February. I want a long term change.
I’ll be tracking my healthy eating journey on my blog and social media, so look out for updates – and please get in touch if you want to share your own similar journey or if you have any tips for me.