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it’s an epidemic. an incredibly tasty one. sugar is a terrible drug that makes you want more, more, more. once you kick the habit though, you will no longer crave it. that’s just how it works! i promise it does.  CYMERA_20141203_122343

so. this is where i started on Wednesday, December 3rd. i was still feeling the effects of my Turkey Day shenanigans, lol.  during any given week or weekend i stick to my 6 Pack USA meal plan for the most part. i’m in the maintenance mode right now, working out 6 days a week + breastfeeding, so i’m fine with eyeballing my food portions even though our food scale is readily available.  however, i have those days where i pick off of Chiso’s snacks way more than i should (graham crackers, gold-fish, pretzels, gummy worms, marshmallows, etc, etc, etc) and things get a little outta hand.  my body and my willpower begin to suffer and i find myself feeding back into my sugar addiction.  after dropping sugar (except fruit) from my bikini comp diet i finally, for the first time in my life, stopped craving sugar after every meal! that took about two weeks straight of no sugar though and i want that kind of control over sugar again.  before that though, dessert was automatic and followed every single meal.  it was a need… not an option. couldn’t go to bed without it. and, well, we all already know about the cool whip thing.  dessert didn’t have to mean a gigantic slice of cake or a huge bowl of full-fat ice cream, but i needed SOMETHING. thankfully we have soooooo many healthier alternatives to munch on to quiet those cravings these days though, right?!  ok, back to the challenge. there are 12*TWELVE*12 days left ’til Christmas.  if you haven’t started with me yet, COME ON. do it.


even after just 5 days into this challenge i’m seeing some definition and shrinkage in my waist again and the cravings are slowly disappearing.  we are now on day 10 and let me tell you- it’s so worth the sacrifice! both my tummy and core are firming right on up as expected.  i need you to FOCUS for the next 12 days with me so i can prove to you what a difference dropping refined sugars makes mentally and physically!  to help keep yourself accountable just post your meals/snacks/desserts/progress pics to IG or Facebook and tag them #naturalsugarsonly.   i mean i know i can’t see you 24/7 lol, but hey, i would hope that you wouldn’t/won’t cheat yourself and really see the benefit in this challenge.   plus it’s winter and we are between major sugar-laden holidays. take it easy on your tummy and waistline!  here are the rules:

what’s off-limits:

  • no refined sugars (stuff on the shelves! packaged, baked goods, crackers, pretzels, chips, bagels, pasta, cookies, ice cream, breakfast cereals, most bread, donuts, cakes, pies)

  • no fast food

  • no soda

  • no candy

  • no added/artificial sugars

  • protein/nutrition/granola bars

  • ‘fruit’ juice

  • dried fruit…usually higher in sugar with added sweeteners at that

  • jams, preserves, spreads

  • fruit canned in syrup

  • ketchup (one my faves 😦 ) and bbq sauce

what’s acceptable: in moderation!

  • all fruit, fresh or frozen

  • pure maple syrup, raw honey,  coconut sugar

  • sugar-free whole wheat/grain breads (whole grain rice, oats, barley, quinoa, corn, etc.)

  • all natural Stevia & Truvia

my advice:

  • read.your. labels.

  • remember, 4g of sugar = 1 tsp. perspective!  women should have no more than 6 tsp. a day, and men no more than 9 tsp.

  • when a craving hits, drink some water with fresh squeezed lemon in it, or eat a piece of low glycemic fruit: grapefruit, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, nectarines, or oranges.

  • don’t bring the junk into your house!  you can’t eat it if it’s not there.  and if it’s already in there, it’s time to clean out your kitchen.

  • if you NEED a sweet…i’m talking like you’re seriously about to crack on those withdrawal days, be smart about it and have it at least 30 minutes after your workout.

  • eat regularly. you must eat balanced meals every 3-4 hours or so to avoid those hunger valleys.  you can make some pretty bad decisions in those valleys yall.  stay out of them.

  • when dining out, just be smart.  all sauces and dressing on the side.

meal ideas that will keep you full and satisfied? i got plenty, you know it. here are some of my recent plates:


oat bran pancakes, egg whites with all natural salsa and a banana.

20141208_200736_1boneless, skinless chicken breast chunks seasoned with Weber All Natural Beer Can Chicken seasoning blend and a little Walden Farms Pancake syrup which you can switch out for honey or maple syrup. weird, tasty, combo.  brown rice, sautéed spinach, and raspberries on the side.

PhotoGrid_1417812584070baked swai seasoned with a random Weber seasoning ( i just pick one up, shake, and don’t even look sometimes) roasted butternut squash with spinach, cinnamon, and raisins, and sauteèd red bell peppers.


red bell peppers were 42 cents recently at Sprouts, haha.  roasted chicken breast, spinach, red bell peppers, avocado, raisins, and homemade honey mustard dressing (coarse brown mustard + honey).


a chicken sammich for the books!  i used those chicken chunks from above and made a sandwich on sugar-free whole grain Nature’s Own bread with avocado, lettuce, tomato, raw sugar snap peas (excellent for snacking) and a grapefruit.Sketch114131540and today, i dined on grilled salmon, brown rice, sautéed red bell peps and sugar snap peas with a little liquid aminos in my hot wok.  what do you think of my new watermark?! do you see her lol? it’s my silhouette from   the cover of my first e-cookbook Fit Foodie Lean!
PhotoGrid_1418154848295have you seen these or ever heard of Lily’s products?? well their chocolate bars are sweetened with all natural STEVIA!!!! i cannot wait to try them! technically these bars fall under my challenge umbrella criteria but i feel like once i start nibbling there will be problems.  sooo, i’m just gonna keep these babies wrapped until Christmas day.

 LET’S GOOOOO! whether you’re starting the challenge tomorrow or have been with me since the 4th of this month, introduce yourself in a comment below and tell me about your experience so far!



4 replies »

  1. This is so true. I’ve been on the no chocolate, no candy, no pastries, no sugar only natural sugar for a month and I love it. I no longer have cravings for sugar. I can walk in the store and walk right pass the chocolate and not want any. My body feels great. I have more energy and I’m more alert. Oh yeah, I also lost weight. 😊


  2. Thank you thank you! You have a FAN in me. I strive daily to maintain control of the SHUGGA BEAST. Stevia and Quest Bars are my BFF’s, next to Jesus, of course. 🙂


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