My Journal: 27 days Soda and Sugar Free

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since my last food journal. I’m so sorry! I seriously need to be more consistent with this. It’s so important for me to log these things to stay on track. When we last left, I had rededicated myself to giving up sugar/soda. I had also written a S.M.A.R.T. goal to try to stay on track. Here is the goal I wrote:

In order to improve my health and rid my body of psoriatic arthritis, as well as  chronic sinus pain, I will lose 30 pounds-2 pounds a week for 15 weeks, beginning on Sunday, May 21, 2017 and ending on Sunday, September 3, 2017. In order to accomplish this goal, I will do the following things-

  • Stay away from soda-I quit drinking soda 5 days ago. So, I’ve been clean for about 5 days now.

    • Take glutamine to stave off cravings. – For more information about glutamine, see THIS article. I’ll write about it on the next Wellness Wednesday.
    • Do tapping to help with cravings
    • (SO FAR SO GOOD!)
  • Walk 5 miles a day

    • My goal was to work up to walking 5 miles a day (10,000 steps)
    • To do this, I am going to start with 2 miles (4000 steps) and slowly work my way up to 5 miles. I think I can still manage this. I had planned on doing this outside. However, since my son is homebound/bedridden, I can’t leave him alone, so walking outside is out of the question.
    • I can, however, walk inside. I haven’t been doing this, but I think it’s possible. I even have lots of stairs, which add to the challenge.
  • Meditate every day for 30 minutes– This is easily accomplished, it will just take the ambition to get it done. (Begin this on July 21, 2017)

  • Drink 100 ounces of water a day-When I’m not drinking soda, I drink only water. So no problem here. I track it with  (YEP-EVERY DAY!!)

  • Eat whole foods 90% of the time.-allow myself to eat 1 or 2 “fun foods” a week (non-sugary of course.(YEP! FUN FOODS ON WEEKENDS ONLY!)

  • Log all food/meals-Again-easy enough to do…just need to do it. Tracked with – (Begin this June 11, 2017)

  • Do power yoga 2 times during the week– every Tuesday and Thursday – I hate lifting weights, but LOVE LOVE LOVE yoga. I’m hoping that by doing power yoga instead, my muscle tone will improve. (begin this on July 1, 2017)

Well, shortly after I posted my last journal, a kind and very wise follower, Dave Gardner from Daily Ramblings, suggested I slow things down a bit. He recommended going slow on kicking the sugar habit, and slowly introduce exercise. So, I took Dave’s advice and I re-evaluated my goal. I couldn’t slow down on the sugar thing, I’ve tried that and it doesn’t work for me, but I did re-evaluate everything.

I do this all the time, I get so “gung-ho” and jump in, with both feet, without looking. AND, since I’m stuck in this sugar addiction, which contributes to my psoriasis, arthritis and weight problems, it’s obviously not working. Time for a new approach.

So, after re-evaluating my goal, I decided that I would never recommend to a client to do all of these things in my goal all at once. Taking it one step at a time is absolutely the way to go. So, THANKS to Dave for that reminder. I absolutely needed it.

My goal will stay the same, I’ll just take it one step at a time. I decided to start with my biggest problem which is obviously my addiction to sugar. So, I tackled that first. Since this is a huge thing to try and accomplish, I decided to make it the only thing I would work on for a month.

Stay away from soda– It has been 27 days since I last drank soda or ate white refined sugar/corn syrup. After 1 week, I reintroduced fruit. After 2 weeks, I reintroduced raw honey and dates into my diet. After 3 weeks, I added maple syrup. And, just this past week, I added Rapadura, which is whole, unrefined raw sugar. So far so good. My cravings are basically gone. And, as long as I stay away from anything made of pure sugar, like candy or soda, I’m fine. So, I have crossed this off the goals list above. (It’s not finished by any means. I’ll always be addicted to sugar. But, I feel comfortable enough to move onto a new goal).

Walk 5 miles a day-Since my son’s accident, I have been trying to continue walking, but this has been difficult. Time is a precious commodity in my house lately. I am currently averaging about 4000 steps a day, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on my time. My goal is to accomplish 5 miles (10,000 steps) by August 31. My plan is to increase the level by 500 steps each week.

Drink 100 ounces of water a day-I almost always drink between 80 and 100 ounces of water a day, so that has been crossed off.

Eat whole foods 90% of the time-  My diet is almost exclusively whole foods, except weekends, when we have a bit of fun, relax and eat a few fun things. So that is crossed off.

Here is how the next few months will work. I plan on implementing a new aspect of my goal every 3 weeks. So, since I’ve been working on my walking and sugar addiction for 4 weeks, it’s time to introduce the next phase.

  1. Log all food/meals-Again-easy enough to do…just need to do it. Tracked with – (Begin this June 11, 2017)
  2. Do power yoga 2 times during the week– every Tuesday and Thursday – I hate lifting weights, but LOVE LOVE LOVE yoga. I’m hoping that by doing power yoga instead, my muscle tone will improve. (begin this on July 1, 2017)
  3. Meditate every day for 30 minutes– This is easily accomplished, it will just take the ambition to get it done. (Begin this on July 21, 2017)

One final thing. I wanted to share with you what I use to track my walking. It’s an app called Charity Miles. You can download the app to your phone, and it tracks your miles. For every mile walked/run you can earn up to .25 cents for charity. For biking, you can earn up to .10 cents per mile for charity. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but if you walk every day, it adds up.

I am currently walking for the Alzheimer’s association, but there are many others from which to choose:

  • Autism Speaks
  • The Partnership for a Healthier America
  • Stand up to cancer
  • USO
  • The Ironman Foundation
  • Feeding America
  • ALS Association
  • and dozens more….!!!

Here’s what the app looks like:

If you walk, bike or hike on a regular basis,

I encourage you to use 

Charity Miles.

You’re walking anyway,

why not walk for charity?!

Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness! I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, RNCP, wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines, as well as cured my insomnia. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

12 thoughts on “My Journal: 27 days Soda and Sugar Free

  1. Good for you! I rarely have soda, but had some yesterday, and I feel so sluggish today. I’ll be interested to see how the power yoga goes. I jacked my knee up, so I can’t exercise at all. It’s bumming me out, as I am trying to lose about 35 pounds. I need to fit in my shorts, and not have to get a bigger size. Great post.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and encouragement. This past month has not been easy. But, I feel much better. I completely understand about not buying a bigger size. I’ve done power yoga in the past, and it’s tough. But, I don’t feel as if I get enough of a workout with regular yoga. I’ll let you all know how it goes… the good, the bad and the ugly. Lol! 🙂

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  2. I stopped all sugar thanksgiving2016. I weighed 140lbs. I weigh 118 now. All I did was toss the sugar and soda. That’s it!
    Olive leaf extract…you may want to take a look at that. It can help with chronic sinus issues. Also quercitin is a natural antihistamine. Just some thoughts to your already awesome plan

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      1. I craved the sugar SO badly. It is harder than people realize. My daughter says I was a sugar addict because I would tell her at midnight I craved a donut so bad. Didnt realize how many products had it. Also we stopped all red dye. I was so bummed to find my fake morning star bacon had red dye in it

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      2. Yes, sugar is 8 times more addictive than heroin or cocaine. I use glutamine to help with the cravings. I’m not exactly sure how/why it works, but it does. Glutamine (L-Glutamine) is the most common amino acid in the body, used to build the digestive tract, muscle and preferred by the brain. The fact that the brain prefers it must have something to do with how it helps with sugar cravings.


      3. I started branched chain amino acids which helped me a lot. I could do just Lglutamine because it , for some reason can trigger seizures if you have seizures which i do

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