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Our 40 Day Sugar/Facebook/Alcohol Fasts

On January 4th, my hubby and I joined a bunch of other folks to participate in a 40 Day Sugar Fast, a book written by Wendy Speake.  In addition to this, Dean and I decided to add a few extra fasts to this challenge.

This morning marks the 41st day of our trifecta fast…40 days of no sugar plus no Facebook and no alcohol. Why those three? Well, last year I attempted the sugar fast alone and only made it about 20 days. Facebook…well, because I was tired of the negativity on there. 🙄 We enjoy a glass of wine with dinner and one after dinner, so we decided to take a break from that too. While we didn’t quite make it all 40 days from sugar and alcohol (ahem…can we say Super Bowl Sunday 🏈), we did survive without Facebook with no problem! Overall, we believe we did extremely well during these three grand challenges! I’d like to share a few of my takeaways from the past 40 days.

Daily Devotion! The 40 Day Sugar Fast book has a new bible verse and reading for each day. These stories helped us to focus on what was really important during the fast…running to the Most High rather than a sugar/Facebook/alcohol high. Although the book is about sugar, you can replace that with whatever fast you are on. An example from the book would be Day 3’s reading titled When Sugar Walls Crumble. Replace sugar with your choice of fast whether that be shopping, gambling, wine, social media, Netflix, coffee, or whatever. For us it read, When Sugar/Facebook/Alcohol Walls Crumble. We usually read these daily messages in Wendy’s book together each evening and this kept our spirits up to help us keep our fasts up. Wendy’s 40 Day Social Media Fast begins February 17th if you are interested. Just google it.

Remove the Temptation! We emptied our house of all sugar treats and alcohol, and I removed the Facebook app from my phone. It’s a must, that’s all I can say.  

Find a Challenge Partner! The first two weeks were H.A.R.D. I mean REALLY HARD!! Several times I just wanted to throw in the towel and say forget it. I’m so grateful my husband joined me on this journey. He encouraged me to keep going, and a few times I encouraged him too (he has a much stronger will than I do). Get an accountability partner if you want to give any fast a try! It really helped having my fasting buddy right by my side. No cheating, no ‘stretching the truth.’ Couldn’t run, couldn’t hide. Thanks Deano!

Meal Planning! Each Sunday we talked about what we would eat for the week, wrote out our grocery list, and off to the store we would go. Planning ahead made it much easier to stick to the fasts.

Sugar-Free Treats! While the book encourages staying away from sugar-free foods during the fast, we did try a few sugar-free treats. I made some sugar-free spice donuts which were very good. I also had a root beer float using diet root beer, sugar-free frozen yogurt. I found that sugar-free foods do not like me, and caused a bad after effect. 😲 I didn’t have any more during the 40 days. My favorite ‘candy’ treat was/is grapes. Especially frozen grapes…yum.

Mocktail Cocktails! We had fun re-creating cocktails with no sugars or alcohol. These mocktails proved to be very tasty and became our dessert after dinner. I’ve shared many of these recipes at the end of this post.

Now what? Now that our 40 days are done, do we just go back to our normal routine? I don’t think so. We have decided we like the changes we have made, and the confidence gained because we can say “we did it!”  While weight loss was not a goal, it did happen for both of us. I am no longer bloated like I was and my skin and eyes are brighter. I do not miss the drama on Facebook, however, I do miss wishing people a happy birthday. So I’ll be on there occasionally but not like before.

We like the changes we’ve made so we plan to stick with them. Maybe we will try a few new fasts in the near future. Join us anytime! 😊❤

Stay Calm & See What 40 Days Can Do!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V.   

Mocktail Cocktails w/Low to No Sugar

Mocktail Mule (My Favorite)

The What:

½ lime fresh squeezed juice

½ cup Diet Ginger Beer

Club Soda

Ice

The How:

*Juice ½ lime into mule mug

*Add ice

*Add ½ cup diet ginger beer

*Top with club soda

*Add a lime slice for mug magnificence 😍🥃

Raspberry Lime Tonic

The What:

Diet Tonic Water

4 Raspberries

½ lime fresh squeezed juice

Ice

The How:

*Squeeze lime juice from half of a lime into a glass

*Add 3 raspberries & muddle to release juices

*Add ice

*Top off with Diet Tonic Water

*Add whole raspberry & slice of lime to garnish if you want to make it extra pretty 😍🥃

The Ginger Rogers

The What:

¼ c. water

1 inch fresh ginger

1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice

6 mint leaves

4 oz. Diet Ginger Ale

Ice

The How:

*Pour ¼ cup water into a sauce pan

*Add 1 inch ginger peeled and sliced thin to water

*Bring to boil, remove from heat, and let steep for 45 – 60 minutes

*Add water/ginger mixture to glass

*Add 6 mint leaves to water/ginger mixture and muddle to release mint leaf oils

*Add 1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

*Place in cocktail shaker with ice and shake for about 10 seconds

*Pour into glass with ice

*Top with about 4 ounces of diet ginger ale

*Add a lemon slice & mint sprig to garnish if you want to make it look fancy 😍🥃

Strawberry – Basil Mule

The What

3 – 4 strawberries (depending on size)

4 large fresh basil leaves

½ lime fresh squeezed juice

6 mint leaves

4 oz. Diet Ginger Beer or to top

Ice

The How:

*Muddle 2 – 3 strawberries and 4 large mint leaves in the bottom of a mule mug to release juices and oils

*Add juice from ½ fresh squeezed lime

*Pour into cocktail shaker with ice and shake for about 10 seconds

*Pour back into mule mug now with ice

*Top with about 4 ounces of diet ginger beer

*Add a few basil leaves & fresh strawberry to garnish if you want to add fun drink décor 😍🥃

New Fashion

The What:

Slices of fresh orange peel

1 Cherry

Aromatic Bitters

Orange Bitters

Club Soda

Ice

The How:

*Twist then muddle orange peel in the bottom of a glass

*Add ice

*Add a dash of aromatic bitters and orange bitters (contains a tiny bit of alcohol)

*Top with club soda

*Add an orange peel and/or cherry for garnish 😍🥃

Mocktail Mojito

The What:

6 mint leaves

1/2 lime juice and wedge

Club soda

Ice

The How:

*Muddle mint leaves with ½ fresh squeezed lime juice in glass

*Add ice

*Top with club soda

*Garnish with mint leaves and lime wedge for glass gorgeousness😍🥃