I generally don't think much about the food that I eat, but lately I've been getting mood swings and stomach cramps/aches. This has been to the point where I feel I must do something about it myself.
This blog serves as an initiative to share with someone my attempt to find a way of living without sugar. In terms of actually achieving that, I am not far off already. I lead a pretty healthy lifestyle (apart from a lack of socializing and sitting in front of the computer) which relies on a lot of good foods. However, my family (dad and mom) has a history of food allergy which literally plagues one's moods and daily living. I have begun to experience this over the past few years myself, and want to do something about it. There are many options, but the most immediate involves myself taking action to give up sugar.
The curfew as it were will be structured along a month's length, from now until the 23rd of March. During this time I will not eat anything that contains sugar. Just thinking of the foods I normally eat, I basically must find alternatives to all of them, regular bread being the most obvious and difficult exclusion.
At this point my staple food to fall back on will be rice. I'm not an expert on food but I can eat just about anything that will help me stabilise on a sugar-free diet. I also have a good stock of vegetables to eat, and of course I will be eating meat in the evenings.
So I'll be updating this post once a week with my experiences.
Thank you and here's to another goal.
Edit: To clarify, the kinds of sugars I will be avoiding include all added sugars. As Excomm said, these are things like sucrose, fructose and dextrose. These are the main culprits.
Basically, this means I can eat fruit. Also, I have been eating brown rice thx Uranium.
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The first thing I noticed undertaking this was the heavy food cravings at night. Even if supper was a good meal, half an hour later I would feel really hungry. I had noticed this before but not to its extent, as previously I would just eat some more. That took about 4-5 days to wear off.
I also in general felt pretty shitty. Not lacking in energy per se, but craving and aching. Also, I never knew boerewors (SA equivalent of sausage) contained sugar! This is like my favourite food. There are probably places that will do it without, but I put my foot down in this instance to eat some on Friday night. Aside from that and some homemade pizza (the tomato sauce had added sugar, lol confessions), I've been eating mostly rice and vegetables in the afternoon, fruit in the morning and meat, rice and veg in the evening. Also, popcorn...
A week later I'm feeling pretty good. A lack of sugar has definately cleared my thinking, thanks to fewer mood swings, but I think I need to incorperate more veg into my afternoon meals, since rice ain't cutting it.
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It feels amazing to say that I have already completed two weeks of this challenge. The last few days were quite difficult. I was not sure how I felt or whether diet change was working at all, but today I feel so much better than the same time a week ago.
My cravings for sugar-based foods at this point are just about zero.