No candy, no chocolate, no cake, no fast food, no ice cream for 21 days?! Today I want to tell you how I managed to do that and how I felt during these days.
(Deutsche Version unten 🙂 )
Why would I do that to myself – voluntarily?
First of all, I know that A LOT of people on the Internet don’t eat stuff like that at all, so it may not seem that special that I gave up unhealthy food for only 21 days.
On the other hand, I am a strong believer of a balanced diet. I think it’s not healthy, especially for your mind, if you NEVER eat a piece of chocolate or a scoop of your favourite ice cream.
My consumption of unhealthy foods like those had gotten a liiiittle out of hand, though, so I wanted to change something. I then stumbled across this picture on tumblr and it sounded so good and promising to me that I wanted to try the whole concept. (The original post I saw said “you’ll be surprised how good you feel” but I couldn’t find that anymore.)
I just want to make clear that I did not do this to lose weight. I wanted to feel better, have more energy and avoid health risks like diabetes.
How surprisingly easy it was to not eat all that stuff
After I had made up my mind to do the whole 21-day-thing, I waited for another two days or so. Why? My boyfriend celebrated his birthday and I knew he would make a lot of delicious food, but that included cookies, so I didn’t want to start beforehand.
My official start day was a saturday, may 21st. I didn’t really tell anyone about my project because I was afraid that I couldn’t keep the whole thing up for more than a few days. (It had always been like that when I tried similar things before.)
This time, it was different.
When I went grocery shopping, I walked past the candy aisle. Instead, I bought a lot of fresh fruit and ate some when cravings hit.
(Living alone might have been an advantage during these days. If you want to try that, too, but you live with someone, you could ask them to hide the things you don’t want to eat.)
I didn’t fall for the candy vendor at uni because I had my lunch with me and also packed some fruit and nuts to snack on.
I didn’t even get tempted to eat cake at work – I work part time as a vendor in a cake shop.
And that was what struck me the most: While I was standing next to all these delicious cakes at work, I could feel feel the need to eat some of it in my brain, but not in my body. That may sound a bit weird and it is also hard to explain. I think it has something to do with addiction being like a well-lit road in your brain and the alternative being a dirt track that is hard to walk on. (I read about that a while back.) It means that your brain is used to certain things, it’s easier to do them so you just keep on doing them. Just like my brain thought I had to crave some of the cake, when I actually didn’t.
To stay motivated, I numbered the days in my planner and also changed the background on my latop and phone to motivating pictures with the “rules” on them.
What my “rules” were exactly
I’m not a big fan of rules when it comes to eating. For this project, though, there had to be some. So I established the following “no’s”:
No fast food
No ice cream
I also thought about adding “no alcohol” but then decided against it. I drink maybe one glass of wine or a bottle of beer per week and I didn’t want to give up on that.
How I felt and what I got out of this experiment
It really was an experiment, because I didn’t know how it would go.
The first thing I learned was that my willpower was stronger than I thought, and also that thing about the brain that I mentioned earlier.
Of course, I felt better, too. I didn’t feel bloated or sluggish anymore. I even lost a few pounds as a positive side effect and my body fat perecentage went back to normal.
All in all, it was totally worth it. Easier than I thought, and I learned a lot about myself, my mind and body.
Would you ever try something like this? Or have you already? Tell me about it in the comments or send me a message. Have a great day! x Rona