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It’s been 18 whole days since I’ve had an ice cream cone, chocolate bar, cookie or doughnut. And this means I am just over the halfway mark on my 30-day no sugar challenge.

So far, it’s been an interesting journey and although I don’t think I can live sugar-free for the rest of my life, I do think it’s been a worthwhile exercise.

Half Way Through No Sugar Month

You will find sugar in everything!

Early in this journey I learned sugar is hidden in everything! I was shocked when I started reading the labels on packaged goods at the grocery store. Did you know that canned soups, salad dressings, crackers and energy bars all have added sugar?!

During my first sugarless week, I experienced severe mood swings, low energy and strong cravings – it was nothing short of brutal. This usually happened after a meal when I wanted something sweet or in the morning when I’d have my coffee, which I normally pair with a cookie. I did a little research before cutting sugar out and knew these symptoms were to be expected, but it sure didn’t make it easy!

Something that really helped me succeed at the beginning was setting my kitchen up for success – removing all sugary snacks and loading up on things like celery, kale, sweet potatoes, herbal teas, fruits and nuts. These items became, and still are, my go-to snacks when the sugar cravings run high.

Emotional state

To help myself get through the mood swings and intense emotions, I allowed myself to cry, scream or get angry, and then I’d either do a really intense yoga session, jog or walk to get all of the remaining energy out. Moving my body through the discomfort allowed me to shift my emotions and change my state. I really think this is one of the main reasons I got through the first week without sugar.

During the second week, I noticed things starting to shift. My extreme emotions were beginning to stabilize and my sugar cravings weren’t as frequent. Another unexpected change was that the brain fog I felt a lot of time was beginning to lift. I had a lot more energy and felt lighter on my feet. This change was actually starting to feel good!!

It’s important to note that I am usually not the most disciplined person and doing a challenge like this is very tough for a girl like me. Usually around this point (perhaps even earlier) I would give in to my cravings and cheat or give up all together. But I haven’t so far and I am proud of that.

Keep yourself motivated

I think one of the main reasons I haven’t given up is because I have been tracking my psoriasis patches with the Imagine app. This app allows me to take photos of my psoriasis patches and document the changes day by day.

It’s motivating to see how my skin has progressed over the past two weeks. The app gives me visual confirmation that cutting sugar out has helped my skin get better. The side-by-side pictures in the app show that my skin is less red, itchy and inflamed then when I started two weeks ago.   

Screenshots from my Image App account, make sure to swipe!

It’s now week 3 of no sugar and I am happy to report things are going well. I will continue to share my progress on my Instagram and document with the Imagine app.

I look forward to connecting at the end of the 30 days.

Reena is a yogi, free spirit and all around happy human. Reena has also been living with psoriasis for the past 25 years.

She runs an online Instagram account (@psoriasis_thoughts) where she raises awareness about the condition and documents the ups and downs of living with it. Reena hopes to empower others who are struggling with their skin to love and accept themselves as they are.

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