After a whole week last week of eating way more sugar than I normally do, Sunday I started "Kick the Sugar." Julie posted that she wanted others to join with her for a month-long sugar fast. I decided I needed to try this and see if my headaches would improve, if my cholesterol would lower and my over-all energy and mood would get better.
We came home Saturday afternoon from visiting the grandchildren in two states, so I didn't have a lot of food in the house. This was good for one reason-no treats or goodies; and bad for another reason, because I had no substitutes to help with the diet. I am planning on some hummus and- more veggies and fruit- only jam. I plan to watch what is in the packaged food I eat, but that will be easy since I don't eat too much pre-packaged food.
I will do it a little differently than Julie in that I am not going to cut out fruit from my diet for now, but just cut back to 2-3 servings a day. My lo-carb sprouted bread from Trader Joes lists honey and molasses at the end of the ingredient list but shows no measureable grams of sugar. I also plan to eat 1 to 2 pieces of very dark thin Ghirardelli chocolate which is 72% Cacoa. I just need it; at some point I may be able to cut that out. I read Julie's blog recommendation www.sugarshockblog.com and ordered the book "Sugar Shock."
Sunday the only sugar I had was:
*a little regular jam on my toast
*2 rings of fresh pineapple
*2 dark chocolate squares
*1 cup of hot milk with plain cocoa in it- whippped.
Oh, and I have to mention that I gained 2 1/4 lbs last week. I am hoping the swimming I do everyday and cutting the sugar will help me lose those pounds and a few more. This is a challange and discipline that I think will be good for me. We need to nuture ourselves sometimes and I think this is a good way to do it. Thanks Julie for starting me on this program.