Some of my Facebook friends have cut sugar out of their diets. My interest was sparked because they spoke of feeling better, their moods were more regulated after they went through the sugar withdrawal, their sugar cravings were reduced and they felt less bloated. I didn’t join them right away because truthfully, I really like candy and I wanted my box of Valentine’s chocolates.
I know that I am a sugar addict. I have massive mood swings due to my sugar intake and when my blood sugar gets too low I get grouchy and typically take things out on my children or husband. I do not want to feel like I need a sugar fix. Lent is coming up and I typically give up something, some years it is chocolate, some years it is candy. I don’t really drink soda, only on occasion, so that hasn’t been something to give up. I do drink coffee, but don’t feel like I need my coffee to function. I just like the way it tastes. So, for Lent this year, I plan to give up processed sugars, cakes, candies, etc.
Like my Facebook friends, I think I will keep real fruit in my diet but I enjoy eating pastries in the morning and will be giving these up too. I expect that I will need to rethink my breakfast choices and plan ahead better. I will be making some hard-boiled eggs at the beginning of the week to eat, or for variety make a large frittata to consume during the week for breakfast. I already keep almonds at my desk and try to bring protein snacks with me to work, but every afternoon, I crave something sweet. Some days, I get past it, other days I don’t.
I’m looking forward to seeing how my body reacts to the no-sugar experiment. I like thinking of it as an experiment because it makes it fun. Plus, doing it during Lent, and hopefully beyond, I have a good reason to avoid sugar, other than just health benefits.
Anybody want to join me in the no-sugar experiment?