Our delicious dessert in Charleston. I won’t be having any of this any time soon!
If you follow me on Snapchat, you know that I recently committed to a month long sugar detox. You also know that by the night of day one, I was having a bit of a meltdown. I failed to consider that I would be speaking on a panel of social media experts in front of impressive and successful small business owners. My anxiety over public speaking reared it’s ugly head and I went into full on panic mode. John tried his best to comfort me but, I honestly just felt like eating some cookies and rolling into a ball to cry by myself. The fact that I couldn’t have sugar only made me more stressed out. I kept saying things like, “If only I could have a little chocolate, I know I could calm down!” After a few hours I decided to read a chapter from the book I am currently reading and then write down my feelings about how I wanted the following day to go. After putting pen to paper, my anxiety levels decreased greatly.
I decided to talk about my anxiety the following day (directly after speaking publicly on the panel) on Heart and Hustle Podcast. Sharing what I went through made me feel like a weight had been lifted off of my chest. The light feeling I experienced made not having sugar that much easier. The way that I was feeling on Monday night was a confirmation that I can’t use sugar as a crutch when I am feeling anxious. There are much better and healthier ways to handle my anxiety and I don’t want to be dependent on sugar to feel better.
The rest of the week went pretty smoothly and I even resisted the birthday cake at a friend’s party this weekend without too much internal turmoil. Both John and my friend Gage vowed to do a sugar detox as well and they both already broke! Of course I want them to do well but let’s be real, I’m enjoying being the strongest link! If you have any tips, tricks, or amazing recipes, please send them my way because I am going to need all the help I can get if I am going to go without chocolate for an entire month!