In New Zealand I indulged in fresh fruits and desserts. Coming home I was eager to bid adieu to the sweet stuff. Keep in mind as I talk about sugar I'm referring to Fructose. After constant research, it was quickly brought to my attention that I was possibly falling victim to an array of sugar induced side effects. I was racy, moody, bloaty, cranky, restless. Always craving my next sweet treat.
Of course I never pinpointed sugar as the main aggressor, nope! Not until the facts were screaming in my face.
Watch this video to make sense of the whole sugar as poison deal.
I naturally assumed I ate very little sugar as a whole for I don't drink soft drink, snack on lollies or derive sweet satisfaction out of biscuits. Junk food doesn't appeal to me. The truth is I never took into account all the so called healthy sugars I was consuming on a far to frequent basis. As in 2-3 serves of fruit per day, dried fruits, honey, maple syrup oh and let's not forget my beloved dark chocolate.
Bottom line I was eating packets of the stuff.
My approach to quitting sugar has an investigation into myself. Did I need to quit sugar? Not sure. Do I have anything to lose by quitting sugar? Hell no! Surprisingly so quitting sugar has been relatively easy. Weeks 1,2,3 breezed by opting for full quittage from day dot. Weeks 4 & 5 were tougher, especially week 5.
My skin broke out, headaches were prominent. Tink = Cranky mess, losing her cool quickly. Turns out sufficient shut eye as-well as upping the therapeutic fat intake would have worked wonders for me at this stage. Light exercise, music and a weekend of total rest soothed me back to my true self. Also it's important to remind yourself that nasty side effects as such are positive sign. The bad stuff is coming out, slowly but surely.
Cravings hit me hard last week too. I wouldn't go as far to say I'm actually craving the sugar, more so I'm craving the experience. The social bonding over sugar, the fitting in part, the "croissant" at the coffee and croissant date. My hubby put me to the test last Sunday I got through it by ordering gluten free toast with smashings of fresh butter. Craving curbed instantly.
I'm now sitting pretty in week six. This is the week to play around with sweetness of the non sugar kind. Vanilla, cinnamon, stevia, rice malt syrup. I'm thinking sugar free buckwheat cupcakes for a weekend treat. This week is fun, more me. I don't want to give up the treating or the afternoon tea parties. I just want to make them healthy.
A helping hand along the way:
♥Get enough sleep. Uber importance here!!♥The more you move your body the better you will feel
♥I started drinking Apple cider vinegar water before meals to aid the detoxification process♥Coconut cream & cacao are your best friend
♥I drink coffee on weekends to fill the void
♥Equip yourself with all the research you can get your mittens on. A nice reminder as to why you started this in the first place. David Gillespie books Sweet Poison & Sweet Poison Quit Plan are my armed resources.
Since Quitting I've noticed:
♥Vegetables, milk & yoghurt tastes all the more sweeter
♥I don't crave fruit at all
♥I'm calmer. I've stopped riding the emotional roller coaster of highs & lows
♥My thoughts are clearer, concise
♥I'm snacking less
Have you or are you considering quitting sugar? How do you feel? What's working for you?
Sunshine & Sweetness