And I was like, “I don’t even know if I could do that, hahaha! SUGARRRRRRR…”
Well, that’s been bothering me. I mean, I COULD do it…right??? (Really asking here.)
I have to know.
So I’m going for it.
10 days. No sugar (except fruit). No chocolate (ouch…my fingers hurt from typing that), no honey/maple syrup, no sweet sauces or dressings, no fake sugars (even Stevia), and basically no packaged foods or grains.
Up until now, it’s never been something I even wanted to try. I was firmly in the “everything in moderation” camp and didn’t see how a little chocolate was hurting anyone. But lately, I’ve been noticing that if there’s nothing sweet in the house for a few days, I go a little bonkers. Like digging deep in the cupboards in a there-has-to-be-SOMEthing-here frenzy, and ultimately settling for Mason’s ultra-bland (but slightly sweet!) gluten-free cereal, which I wouldn’t otherwise have any interest in.
So mostly, I want to knock out my sugar cravings. I want to see treats as treats, rather than something I need every day or at the end of every meal. And I’m curious to see how this will affect my relationships with carbs (aka the fact that I want them all. the. time.).
Plus, I really wanna lose 3 pounds. (Just kidding—more like 15, actually, haha. I just thought this conversation called for a Mean Girls reference.)
I think it’s a great time of year for something like this, too. It’ll help me recover from the Halloween Sugarstravaganza (although hopefully we won’t have much—I found a place to donate leftover candy and get it sent overseas to the troops, so I think we’ll do that) AND put me in a good position to go into the holidays with a hair more self control than usual. (I’m lookin at you, Grandma’s incredible baked goods.)
The 10 days I’m targeting are Nov. 10-19. This will give me a little time to de-sugar-fy the kitchen and do some solid meal/snack planning and shopping. And I’ll still be done in plenty of time for Thanksgiving.
Question: anyone want to join me? I’d love an accountability partner or two!
Well, Madelyn recently reached out to me to tell me about her plant-based protein powder, B-Strong, which is made by a little startup company called Skoop.
B-Strong is a squeaky clean, non-GMO product that promotes a three-stage process for manufacturing strong, lean muscles and overall health. It contains 160 calories, 16 grams of protein, and 6 grams of fiber.
Unlike most protein powders, B-Strong also contains:
Prebiotics that promote a happy belly
Amino acids, including essentials, non-essentials and BCAAs
ZERO gluten, dairy, or soy
And in comes in some pretty cute packaging, which I’m sort of a sucker for.
Protein = not just for humongousness. I love it. And might be stealing that word.
Anyway, Madelyn was kind enough to send me some B-Strong to try out for myself, and this sweet little package arrived on my doorstep.
I was so excited to see the shaker in there—because PINK…
And also because it came with this awesome little mixing ball I’d never seen before. GENIUS!
It seriously works so well. Every protein shaker needs one immediately.
OH and possibly the coolest part about Skoop: a portion of all proceeds is donated to a national nonprofit that provides fresh produce and nutritional education to children in schools. It’s designed to be a one-for-one: one scoop of protein for me, one serving of produce for a student. I love that so many companies are getting on the humanitarian train these days—wins all around!
So back to the powder. I’m usually more of a chocolate girl, so when I saw that my sample was vanilla, I was kinda like meeeh….but it turns out that everything in the world does NOT have to taste like chocolate! (haha) This powder had an impressively smooth finish to it (cue the wine tasting lingo) and only a little of the “yep, that’s protein powder in there” flavor. (I think it’s hard to make something so potent and powerful taste like air.)
If you have a minute, you should definitely watch Skoop’s intro video, if only for the cute graphics and references to things like “ninja nutrients”:
Along with the B-Strong sample, Madelyn also sent me 5 packets of Skoop’s “A-game” powder, which is specifically designed for breakfast and offers the equivalent of 10 servings of vegetables, along with probiotics, adaptogens, antioxidants, omega 3’s, and other superfoods.
They came in two flavors, sweet greens and chocofresh—I, of course, loved the chocolate, but wasn’t that into the green flavor (although I can think of plenty of people who would probably love it—just not my thing personally). And a serving is somehow only 50 calories!
If you’re on the hunt for a new protein powder, I highly highly recommend giving this one a shot! Here are two good ways to start:
–Go to Skoop and use code FITTIN10 to get 10% off your purchase.
–Win this giveaway!!
Don’t forget to comment below if you’re interested in joining me in the 10-day sugar challenge! (No cost or specific requirements, but I’d love for us to support each other over email!)
Have a good one!