When the Lent Challenge is Over

I’m not one for being religious so I don’t normally do things such as giving something up for lent, however this year I thought it would be a really good time to take on a challenge of giving up (most) sugars for 40 days, and see how I get on. As mentioned in a previous post, I gave up all sugars aside from:

  • Protein Bars
  • Dark Chocolate

So for the past 40 days I have not indulged in sweets and candies, milk chocolate, ice cream, cakes or cookies. The result? Well I went for this super gorgeous Banana French Toast with a side of jam and chocolate and almond butter spread at Bill’s:

French Toast after Lent Challenge

I had this exact french toast a few weeks ago (just before undertaking the challenge), which is where the above picture actually stemmed from to begin with. I absolutely loved it at the time, it was a perfect combination of sweet bliss. Going back to have it today as a celebratory breakfast for withstanding my challenge, however, everything looked entirely different. The first bite was heavenly, but as I kept chowing down I began to realise just how sickly and sweet it all was. By the time I got to the end I didn’t feel as good and happy about what I’d just put in my body as I had when I had the dish a few weeks ago.

It did not end there either. I decided to treat myself a few days ago by buying an easter egg from Hotel Chocolat (Dark Chocolate with Pralines), to further celebrate my success. I had a few of the pralines today as a post-nap treat, but it wasn’t much of a treat. Again, I just felt like it was all a bit sickly and not something I wanted to really subject my body to. The me from 40 days ago would have eaten the whole chocolate egg and pralines in one sitting (okay so I’m not proud of that, but this is all about honesty after all), but the me from today is rather put off by the amount of sugar I’ve put in my body today.

I think I can safely say, that the Lent challenge I undertook was so successful, as it re-set my body and put me off eating so much sugar, which is a great step in the right direction of becoming a healthier, happier me.

Happy Easter, and as always, thank you for reading Coffee Guaranteed. x

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