What I Learnt

Essentials (South Africa) - - LIFE TODAY -

A week af­ter the chal­lenge, I still haven’t re­turned to my bad old ways. My stom­ach is vis­i­bly flat­ter, and I en­joy not hav­ing to bat­tle with the sharp hunger pangs that usu­ally fol­low in the wake of sugar spikes. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was: in fact, know­ing that my body is be­ing prop­erly nour­ished keeps me mo­ti­vated. I can’t say the same for the rest of the fam­ily, though: although I’ve of­fi­cially banned the kids’ favourite ce­real (ap­par­ently one of the un­health­i­est on the mar­ket), they still be­lieve that cake is one of the five food groups, and James’ Coke is en­sconced in the fridge. Still, they’re a lit­tle more open to try­ing new things, and Leya has def­i­nitely be­come aware of the im­por­tance of healthy eat­ing, so I feel that at least we’ve made a start. My only con­cerns are that an or­ganic- only pantry is too much of a stretch for my bud­get, and I don’t think I would ever want to give up the pure plea­sure of cof­fee and cheese­cake with a friend – but, ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion, right?

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