I chose no sugar and I will never go back

I chose no sugar and I will never go back

Most 18 year olds can't give up junk food and trust me it was just as hard and everyone says, but it's so so worth it

This how giving up sugar changed my life.

I was always an avid junk food lover. My favorite things to eat included ice cream, lemonade, and all things filled with sugar. That’s why this was so hard for me at first. To give up what was my favorite food group seemed impossible to me for the longest time.

I suffered from incredible joint pain for a long time. At first everyone thought it was just growing pains but I never grew and the pain never ended. For the longest time I would go weeks or even months having never ending pain in all of my joints. The kind of pain that makes you not want to do anything. And after awhile I adjusted and just got used to living in constant pain. At first I accepted it but then I realized that after only 18 years of living I should never be living in constant pain. Especially because the last few years had been the worst. Things that I used to love doing like running, being active and being outdoors moving all the time became almost impossible for me to do without having to take Advil or Tylenol every few hours.

When someone told me that giving up sugar would help decrease this pain I knew that I would have to do it. As awful as it may be, that this was something that I had to at least try to do. I had thought about it for a while before but I always wanted to do it for other reasons like to be healthier or to lose weight. But this seemed like the best reason to make, what seemed to me to be a huge sacrifice.

Then one day I told myself I would just do it. It was the time between Christmas and New Years so I knew I would be surrounded by sweets so I told myself come January 1 I would not eat sugar. I started decreasing the amount I ate because I knew that it would be one thousand times more difficult if I just cut it out cold turkey. It was hard at first, actually it was awful. I quickly found out that I was addicted to sugar and my body was in withdrawal. This meant on top of the joint pain I had a migraine for almost an entire week straight and that wasn’t even the worst part.

I’m a college student athlete, which made this makes it harder for a ton of reasons. My friends all work out with me but they reward themselves with ice cream and candy. I had to learn to reward myself with some extra dressing on my salad or some french fries with my dinner. These small things seemed to make up for the junk food. Not to mention that I love all of that junk so with this awful migraine if I even saw junk food I wanted to take a bath in it. I could have filled my face and in that week I wouldn’t have carried who was watching.

But then it got better. Once my migraine became a headache and the headache went away it became so much easier. My body adapted to limited amounts of sugar and my bones felt like I was actually my own age. For the first time in years I am no longer living in constant joint pain. No, it has not gone away completely I still have some flare ups once and awhile but they are not nearly as bad as they have always been.

Not eating the junk food has turned out to be better for more than just my joints too. My body just feels better in general. Sure, sometimes I have a little snack and it is nearly impossible to completely cut out sugar so I have now instead limited it to just processed sugars. This way I can still eat fruits because those are natural sugars. My body no longer even wants to eat the junk food I see. I see my friends eating candy or cookies and I am perfectly fine eating an apple or banana because my body doesn’t crave the junk anymore.

Not eating sugar is easily one of the best decisions I have ever made. Yes I give myself cheat days once and awhile (I mean who can resist having a small treat while in Disney). But for the most part I can find the non sugar filled options of my favorite foods. Pinterest has helped me a lot to find some of these great recipes. I recommend this to anyone who is considering wanting to stop eating sugar. 100 days after not having sugar I don’t think I would go back to eating junk food anytime soon.

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."

I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches "New Girl" knows about True American. This crazy, nonsense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in season one, episode 20.

The game, as described by "New Girl" character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1 to 5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game No. 1: The player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game No. 2: The player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game No. 3: The player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places, or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."

Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.


You are now able to impress all of your "New Girl"-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly, and enjoy!

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...


In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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