“Renew You” Challenge – If you know anything about me, you know that I like to challenge you to look at your diet—and pretty often. Why? Because being mindful of what you’re putting in your body is a powerful tool for change. 

So…what am I getting at today? Well, I’ve talked about cutting out sugar before, but this week let’s take a step back. For a couple days during the week, I want you to jot down everything you eat or drink that has sugar in it. Don’t change anything, just make note of it. Simple, right?

Then, after two or three days, take a look at the list you’ve made. Notice any patterns? Like maybe you need a chocolate fix every afternoon, or it could be that you can’t get out of the house without three scoops of sugar in your coffee every morning. Well, I won’t lie—those patterns are going to be the most difficult to break, so let’s focus on the more random sugar intakes first, since they will be the easiest to manage.

For example, maybe you had dessert at lunch one day even though you usually don’t have dessert. No problem. The next time you have the opportunity to eat dessert at lunch, you’ll realize that it’s not normal for you and it will be easier to decline. This is all part of eating mindfully. And the more you practice, the easier it becomes—I promise! And the best part is that your diet will begin to change as a result, which means a healthier body overall.