Step Four ~ Tell The World

If you are committing to changing your food or giving up some food item, I highly recommend you tell the world about it. Like Tammy did in the Facebook event No Sweets For Six Weeks. She announced that herself and her boyfriend are giving up sweet treats and alcohol for the duration of the challenge! If they fail they will be donating $100 each to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. And that is just awesome. I would love to see some more public announcements. You are a lot more likely to achieve you goal and go through the whole challenge if the people you spend the most time with know what you are trying to do. They might even want to give up their favourite snack food with you. You won’t know until you ask, so go ahead and get chatting to, telling and inviting all your friends along.

If you haven’t signed up yet and have no idea what I am talking about, check out the Challenge event page here. 

We are all a product of the five people we spend the most time with, so if your husband eats lots of ice cream, your best friend always orders cheesecake, you college always bakes cupcakes for work, your mother keeps bringing you homemade sweets and the girl at the gym suggests having a hot chocolate after every Sunday morning yoga class – you will be struggling if they have no idea you are trying to not have any sweets for six weeks. Inform them, invite them and ask them to help you, and you will succeed.

For the next 24 hours, tell the world about your six week challenge, invite them to do it with you and share the event with everyone. Because the more we are, the more likely you are to achieve your goal of No Sweets For Six Weeks. It’s all about community.

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Have a great Saturday! Stay tuned tomorrow for some crispy, savory snacks.

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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LCHF Antioxidant Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are great for those quick meals like breakfast or afternoon tea, when you don’t have much time or you are just too hungry to think on your feet and just need something NOW. I love high fat smoothies in any colour, especially green, but today’s smoothie turned out to be beautifully deep purple. Which to me usually says high in antioxidants.

Antioxidants are one of the most popular nutrition buzzwords (maybe after detox these days). They do deserve to be mentioned though because they fight signs of ageing, inflammation, cancer and they can even help you lose weight. But when it comes to antioxidants, certain foods like blueberries, pomegranate, cinnamon and turmeric gets all the attention. Few of us actually know that avocados are also full of an antioxidant called polyphenols. Even better, coconut milk also contains antioxidants according to some sources. So my dark purple smoothie today was full of triple antioxidant goodness. All I put in mine, was;

A handful frozen blueberries, half an avocado and about 120ml coconut cream (more or less depending on how thick you like your smoothie). Then just whizz it up in a blender and enjoy. It’s a full meal!

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You can basically add whatever else you like to this smoothie too, such as spinach (I was out today, sadly), nuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, any greens and vegetables you like, swap coconut milk for yoghurt or dairy milk or even coconut water. A great idea is to add protein powder and even probiotic powder for extra tummy goodness. Your imagination is the only thing stopping you.

If you struggle with sweet cravings, having a smoothie like this, with a little sweetness from blueberries (or other berries) will help settle the craving, without giving you a massive blood sugar rush that usually leaves you feeling tired and wanting more after half an hour. A smoothie full in fat like this one will satisfy your hunger and make you so full that you will no longer remember you wanted something sweet in the first place. Perfect snack if you are doing the No Sweets For Six Weeks challenge. Enjoy.

Follow me on Instagram @awesomeashild for more ideas.

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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Step Three ~ Stock Up Your Pantry

So you’ve joined the challenge, cleaned up your pantry and made an attack plan for any trigger times. Now it’s time to stock up the pantry so you are ready for Monday. If you have no idea what I am talking about you should read No Sweets For Six Weeks The First Step ~ Get Rid Of Your Leftovers and Step Two ~ Identify Your Triggers. Now you should be up to date.

It is super important to actually have good food in the fridge at home. If you don’t buy junk, it won’t be in your pantry and you won’t eat it. It’s that easy. Therefore, if you fill up your kitchen (and drawer at work) with goodness, then you will be a lot more likely to succeed in the No Sweets For Six Weeks Challenge.

Places that needs to be stocked up:

Fridge, pantry, car, gym bag, work desk, work fridge, places you spend a lot of time (such as your girlfriend’s house or your Mum’s pantry).

We usually mindlessly eat sugary or crunchy snacks when we’re hungry, tired, stressed, watching TV, lying on the couch, having a cuppa and the list is endless. It will be hard to suddenly NOT have your favourite indulgence in your hand at these times. So, it’s important to have other, better, healthier alternatives. I don’t know what you believe in, but I believe in fats and usually follow a low carb high fat (LCHF) eating style. Most of my snacks (whenever I am actually hungry between meals) are quite high in fat. So most of my ideas will come from this perspective. You are, of course, totally free to choose other options, but I would highly recommend staying away from anything too carb heavy and processed, as these types of snacks usually leaves us wanting more.

My suggestions are; nuts, seeds, fresh berries with natural yoghurt, a boiled egg or two, cheese (I simply love Jarlsberg), half an avocado with salt and pepper, a bulletproof coffee, meat muffins, Paleo granola with Greek yoghurt, carrot and hummus, ham, salami, olives, homemade green smoothies, cucumber slices with high quality dips (or celery of you like it), leftovers from a healthy dinner (meat and two vegetables…), a tin of tuna, sparkling water with lemon or fresh fruit/berries in it for flavour, a cup of green tea, cocoa nibs, a spoon of coconut butter, biltong, cottage cheese in any variation, rice cake with peanut butter, banana with peanut butter, anything with peanut butter (just make sure the peanut butter only has peanuts in it), almond butter, homemade granola bar… and so on and so forth. You can even make strawberry ice cream with two ingredients.

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There are so many delicious things you can eat and drink instead of sugary, processed and high carb foods such as chocolate, chips and doughnuts. You just need to have it there in front of you when you are desperate for something to put in your mouth. Then you simply just eat it, walk away and keep doing whatever you were doing.

Homework is figuring out what you would enjoy eating, put it on a shopping list and ensure it’s wherever you need it to be by Monday! Good luck and good snacking. I’m gonna have an avocado smoothie right now #nomnomnom.

Remember to join and invite friends to the Six Weeks With No Sweets Challenge here.

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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Step Two ~ Identify Your Triggers

You’re on board with the No Sweets For Six Weeks challenge and you have already cleaned out all your  sweet leftovers from the Silly Season. Now what?

Usually we tend to eat sweets/savouries  or have a glass of wine at a certain time of the day or week. Many have a morning coffee with an apple and cinnamon muffin. Others have cheese and biscuits when they are cooking dinner. Others again have a glass of wine or a bag of chips after dinner. Or ice cream. Or a plate of chocolate when they are stressed at work. You need to identify out what your triggers are. Have a think about your day. When do you usually snack? Who do you usually snack with? Is it your idea or their idea? Do you tend to sneak a piece of chocolate or three after a stressful meeting or do you just have to have a doughnut on a Friday after work?

Whatever it may be, write down your typical times for snacking on something sweet, having a glass of wine or beer or digging into the chips. Once you’ve done that, go through the list again and figure out how you can avoid these triggers for the next six weeks (or forever). As an example;

Trigger 1: Lisa always asks me if I want to go grab a coffee at the bakery around 10AM and we usually end up having a blueberry muffin too. 

Solution 1: Tell Lisa about the No Sweets For Six Weeks challenge and suggest she’ll do it with me. Also find a different coffee place with no sweets or less sweets available. Possibly order from the takeaway window and not go inside. 

Trigger 2; I usually get really tired and hungry after going to the gym after work and I end up eating chocolate covered almonds in the car on my way home. 

Solution 2; Ensure I have a snack ready to go after the gym, such as a protein shake, some raw (not chocolate covered) nuts or even an egg. 

When you think through all your triggers and find a solution to all of them, you will be much more likely to succeed in the No Sweets For Six Weeks challenge.

A handful of nuts is always better than a Mars bar...

A handful of nuts is always better than a Mars bar…

Remember that failing to plan is like planning to fail. If you really want to do this, you need to be prepared, mentally as well and having a clean pantry. Your goal today is finding solutions to all your triggers, writing them down and put them somewhere you can see them. Off you go!

Stay tuned tomorrow for Step Three to prepare you for the No Sweets For Six Weeks challenge. If you haven’t joined yet, click here. Don’t forget to invite your friends too.

Have an awesome day 🙂

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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The First Step ~ Get Rid Of All Your Leftovers

Did you get a fair bit of chocolate or candy for Christmas? Did you also supply with buying a little bit extra for yourself? How much of that have you got left in your pantry right now?

The first step of the No Sweets For Six Weeks challenge is to get rid of any temptations you have at home. Because you know what; if it’s there, you will eat it! You know what they say, out of sight… Chocolate is not the first thing you want to see when you open up your fridge in a weak moment. So, give it away, donate it to charity or feed it to the pigs (they might not even eat it).

Remember that your ‘Sweet’ is the food or drink you always snack on. You can also choose to cut out all junk food completely or cut sugar completely. Make the challenge work for you. For a better you. 

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If you are choosing to give up alcohol as your ‘sweet’ and have an extensive wine cellar, you might want to keep it though. Maybe lock the door? Or get a guard dog?

Anyway, my point is, if you have temptations lying around the house and if you keep buying more once they are eaten, you will eat them. To set yourself up for success, get rid of everything you are choosing to give up for the challenge. If your better half is half the problem, then get rid of him/her too……joking. But you should have a chat about it and ensure your partner is supportive of you and maybe even get them to join in?!

If you haven’t joined the No Sweets For Six Weeks challenge yet, click here to join and to invite your friends and family to join with you.

Now, get to the kitchen and get rid of any leftovers you may have before Monday when the challenge start (oh, and don’t buy more on the weekend…). Very excited to get everyone started on Monday!!

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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