|Meal planning + a hearty breakfast + coffee = crucial.|
And the verdict after 31(ish) days? I honestly don't think I could go back to eating like we were eating before. I (for the most part) genuinely love not pumping flour and sugar into my body (something I never thought I'd admit).
I mean, don't get me wrong, having dessert every night and carbs at nearly every meal was pretttyyyy awesome, but it left me feeling terrible almost every time I ate. While I "watched" what I ate before, I gave into the slightest craving and had little (if any) self-discipline regarding what I put into my body.
The first week of eating no flour and no sugar was the hardest with the afternoons being by far the most difficult time to stick to the commitment I made. After a few weeks of feeling terrible following coffee, lunch, and an afternoon snack, I realized I am seriously lactose-intolerant. Once I cut out lactose-laden foods, afternoons were a breeze!
People who know me really well have been surprised by this eating transformation (since I have the biggest sweet tooth ever + love to bake!). Once I got in the swing of eating healthier I honestly did not crave sweets! This is seriously such a shock and something that has never been true for me until the past month and a half. Of course I'm still human and a female so I had a few after-dinner sweet treats, but I was able to keep them clean (frozen grapes, "ice cream" with frozen bananas, a little cocoa & peanut butter, 70%+ dark chocolate, etc.).
Some people say they have crazy amounts of energy because of no sugar/no flour/clean eating. Me personally? not so much. I didn't have crazy sugar crashes/low energy after eating, which was wonderful, but I wouldn't say I was super human or anything because of it. The main difference in energy levels that I noticed happened when I didn't follow the diet - after eating flour and sugar I (generally) felt terrible, which helped limit the few times I decided to cheat.
Overall, the month of strictly eating flour and sugar free was great. After a week at the beach of not following our "lifestyle change," we (yes, even Miles!) were eager to return to our healthy eating. Reading more nutrition labels and seeing what kinds of foods contain mass amounts of flour and sugar opened my eyes a lot to the things I was willing to put into my body before. Even as a pretty health conscious individual, I was shocked at the crazy chemicals and high amounts of sugar in so many staples of my old diet.
This whole experiment has shown me how a little self-discipline is a beautiful thing and that foods God made are wonderful on their own and don't need crazy things added to them (although, let's be a real, a little butter never hurt anything).
While we're sticking to eating no flour and no sugar for the foreseeable future, we're still going to live a little. We're splurging on date nights and vacations and we're definitely not going to be the weird couple that sits in a corner and doesn't eat at a cook out because nothing suits our self-imposed dietary restrictions.
Food is such a good gift that we so often get really wrong. Our month of clean eating helped put that gift back in its rightful place and restored its goodness. While the way I view food and my body is still a struggle, this "lifestyle change" has helped me see food as a reflection of God's goodness as a Provider rather than something that controls and dominates my life.