I was going to write about the things I noticed by giving up sugar for thirty days during the actual time. I expected strong cravings, lethargy, and headaches. Instead I felt normal. I ate less altogether finding that eating fruit after dinner stops the cravings and grazing much faster than giving in to the sugar.
I did go for more of the simple carbs and salty snacks, but when I realized what I was doing, I was able to wrangle that in a bit. I just didn’t resupply my tortillas or sandwich bread. I quit buying chips. Then I ate more fruit than vegetables, but at least that was good fiber and healthier sugar. I avoided sweetened drinks but did allow an occasional juice. I didn’t feel deprived at all. I was motivated to keep going strong. I could do it.
My thirty days ended just before I went on a trip. The day that I realized my thirty days were up, I ended up eating several sugary things. This must have been a mental thing knowing that it was no longer forbidden. I was lethargic and headachy that day. Sugar was no longer a thing of pleasure; it was discomfort. I avoided sugar for several more days except for drinking my favorite coconut drink. On the trip, I had dessert with the rest of the family; it was a special occasion. Over time the sugar didn’t represent pain anymore, and I continued consuming it.
Now my grandkids have come and gone, and I am eating what has been left in the house. Lethargy has crept back in. I know I can avoid most sugar without much problem. With my trip to the Lost Coast, I am gave it up again. I needed to be as healthy as I could become in the next two weeks. Yes I ate sugar on the trip, but that was what my body needed for the exertion it went through. I would love to be in a place where I don’t need sugar, but that is going to take some time. I have learned that depriving myself of sugar only creates stronger cravings. I have been eating sugar since the trip almost more than anything else and it is not how I want to eat.