Today is my last day on the 7 Day Sugar Free Challenge with Sweet Defeat. I have a crazy sweet tooth and I’ve been working with Sweet Defeat to curb my sugar cravings. As part of the challenge I took one Sweet Defeat lozenges after every meal for the past 7 days. It is plant-based with natural ingredients; gymnema, sorbital, zinc and mint. It works within seconds, and clinically proven to stop sugar cravings. How it works is that the active ingredient, gymnema binds sweet taste receptors on your tongue preventing activation therefore suppressing sugar cravings.
The rules of the challenge were simple, limit my added sugar to 25 grams or less, I’m allowed up to 4 pieces of fruit and can not use sugar substitutes.
For the past 7 days I would have a Sweet Defeat lozenge after each meal. It dissolves on your tongue within minutes. Because it’s mint flavored it almost as if taking a breath mint after eating. I had the boxed out on my kitchen island so I would never forget to take one and I also carried extra in my purse. I recommend taking one before sugar cravings set in as almost a preventive care than waiting until you crave something sweet. I also recommend cleaning out your pantry of temptations before starting your challenge. Besides, decluttering feels great!
Going into the challenge I was confident I would make it the full 7 days, but in my mind I still thought it would be very challenging. In reality, it was not as hard as I thought it would be. On day 3 I did get a slight headache, which I think was from sugar withdrawals. Whenever I felt headaches or slight dizziness, I had some sliced oranges or a handful of strawberries. I also started incorporating more protein in my diet, healthy fats and unprocessed carbohydrates which also helped with sugar cravings.
The hardest part of going sugar free is actually cooking a lot more. Because 90% of packaged or manufactured foods contain sugar, I really had to go back to basics with our meals. I even made my own spaghetti sauces and salad dressings. We also dined out less because it was difficult guessing what sugars were added too. The upside is that we saved a lot of money this week on dining out and we ate a lot more fresh whole ingredients. I find myself reading labels more when I shop. I started craving more savory foods like runny eggs, creamy oatmeal or avocado toast.
Reflecting back on the past 7 days, I would say there were a few obstacles. Today in particular is the hardest because I have family visiting. I say it is a lot easier to stick to any special diet if you stick to a routine and have control of your environment. Now that I have my family cooking for me today and bringing a lot of my favorite treats, it was very hard to resist. What is different is today is that I’m not craving it, but more just want it out of comfort. Overall, I think this challenge would have been a lot harder without taking Sweet Defeat daily. The longer I went without sugar, the less I craved it. I’m hopeful that I can continue to eat less sugar in my diet, now that I’m more aware of where all the hidden sugars are and that I actually don’t crave it as much.
To learn more about Sweet Defeat and to stop your sugar cravings go to SweetDefeat.com
This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.