The first Realisation with capital ‘R’ after starting this challenge has officially hit me – sugar is EVERYWHERE! And when I say this, I mean it. Before I put anything into my mouth I have to think twice: “Is there by any chance sugar in this omelette?” I have also made a habit out of checking labels on all types of sauces and cereals, which often turns out to be kind of a disappointment (yes, I am a despicable mustard lover…). Quite possibly, I have not adhered to the guidelines of the challenge to a 100% because I had some beetroot inlay yesterday – and inlays usually contain about 10% sugar. Oh my, am I already becoming a maniac?! Nevertheless, I’ll just conclude that it is impossible to avoid it completely.
Since I decided to also avoid refined flour (i.e. no bread or pasta) during this challenge, and including the fact that I’m also a vegetarian, I found myself in the cantina, pondering what there was left to eat except for vegetables. There was a mixture of rice and beans, but how healthy is rice really? I did some research, and according to this source, eating 2 cups of cooked rice equates to consuming about 22 teaspoons of sugar! Full disclosure: I still had some rice.
Yet, I believe that ‘facts’ like this help me to resist temptations, because trust me – this task is not a piece of cake! Rather, it takes quite some discipline not to eat the cake. Only today, I was offered cinnamon buns, cupcakes, hot chocolate, marshmallows, brownies (you name it). Saying no to all these things in itself is not that hard, but declining someones kind contribution is a little bittersweet. For example, me and some other students at RCN have been organising activities for a few children in rehabilitation for cancer. Today was the last day and they have put a lot of effort into making beautiful cupcakes for us. It made me feel kind of bad not tasting one since I’ve become really fond of these kids. Which brings to mind how many moral and emotional customs and “obligations” we associate with food. But that’s a post for another time!
On another note though, the sense of accomplishment that I experience as a result of keeping up with my challenge acts as a kind of reward. I’ve noticed that it has influenced my self-esteem in a positive way already, and motivated me to do other things – such as completing homework on time, or being more enthusiastic about activities that I engage in. Perhaps taking control over one thing in your life can initiate a domino effect? I’m curious to find out!