My happy thoughts:
My couch nest
Cooking new things
Outlander audio book
All the sugar I will get to eat again someday.
During my SOS call to Lisa today, she gave me homework: To write here why this sugar fast is important to me.
I decided to do this fast (with the encouragement of my naturopath) after realizing how much sugar I used to have on a daily basis. Here's one day:
honey in tea ALL DAMN DAY LONG
brown sugar in my oatmeal
white sugar in my coffee
dark chocolate covered fruit
Tom & Jerry with rum
This is just the sugary stuff, not counting milk sugars in my yogurt or sugar in salad dressing or fruits & veg. And since we were trying to figure out what's wrong with my GI system, we both thought it would be interesting to see what it would be like if I abstained. I also knew that I would need sugar when I got stressed out, and that didn't seem healthy emotionally. Also, I wanted to see if I could do it. And if miraculous things happened, YAY! If not, I could maybe end up having a healthier relationship with my one true love. I mean, sugar.
This is all just an experiment I'm doing on myself, emotionally and physically. In the 16 days I've been sugar free, I've only had 2 bad days- today was one of them. I felt cold, tired, foggy, whiny, and grouchy and felt like hot chocolate would solve all of those problems in one easy cup. I also felt like I would get fired, quit my job, kill someone, and/or kill myself if I didn't get any chocolate.
Now how healthy is that???
Thanks to Lisa I DID IT ANYWAY (or rather, didn't do it anyway
) and am persevering in my quest.
I will say that in the two or so weeks I've been doing this, I feel like a bad ass for being able to do it at all! I have a crazy sweet tooth and it's nice to have some control. Also, my tastebuds have changed. When I started this and I thought about having coffee, I decided I would skip it because unsweetened coffee is nasty. hen I found myself at a coffee shop with a friend and there wasn't anything else I could have besides water. So I had a plain cappuccino and it was delish! My first non-sweetened cup of coffee since 1989, and I enjoyed it thoroughly- it tasted so good! Had I still been eating sugar, I never would have liked plain coffee.
Also, yogurt. Since yogurt is very important for my GI, I didn't want to stop eating it but also didn't want to eat plain yogurt (I can't have hardly any fruits to mix in). So I decided to do half plain and half honey or vanilla. It's now getting to the point where I can eat plain yogurt and enjoy it for what it is- tangy and creamy and yummy!!
So Lisa, do I get an A for this assignment??
Amy- if you want to join in on this, do it your way but be truthful with yourself. I didn't want to cut out fruit or juice or ketchup because I am getting so few calories as it is. Do you think you eat so much ketchup that it's a big contribution to your daily sugar intake? I don't, so I didn't exclude it. From what I've read, it seems like up to 25g of sugar a day is healthy. Maybe use that to guide you?