Today is the second week, which means I start item #2 on my list of #100DaysOfHealthy: No sugar! This one will for sure be the hardest. I can already tell because three days ago I started preparing by just cutting out the obvious sugar items–sweets, soda, along with pastas, breads, etc. Of course when trying to cut something out of your life, it’s generally all you think about. Awesome.
Yesterday, I started cutting out all added sugars, and even many natural sugars (plus anything with a high glycemic load). So, this also means simple carbs, because they turn into sugar in your body. A lot of food many people don’t even realize contain a lot of sugar (even if it’s natural sugar), so to give you a better idea, these are some of the items I won’t be eating or drinking for a while: Fruit, wheat, flour, alcohol, pasta, bread, many packaged/frozen foods, cereals, honey, sauces and condiments, several teas, yogurt, milk, really dairy in general, lunch meat, juice and of course the obvious sweets and sodas.
I’m going to be honest; I feel like crap so far but have read that’s normal for the first week or so. I would imagine this is an extremely diluted version of what detoxing off drugs/alcohol might feel like. So far, I’ve had a headache for a couple days straight, on occasion feel nauseous or lightheaded, am so, so tired and sometimes just don’t feel all there. Just having a baby along with all the wonders that come after, I’m sure there are awesome hormones that are causing or glorifying some of this experience as well, but I’ll spare those details.
On the plus side, although I do crave sweets off and on, there are times when I think about eating something sweet and it actually doesn’t sound good to me. I also don’t feel the need to snack throughout the day like I used to. I didn’t expect that to happen but it makes sense–less sugar=less glycemic load=less craving sugar. There’s also been a couple pounds lost, but no surprise there since that’s what happens when you cut bad food out of your diet!
Keep in mind, all of this stemming from my preparation that started Wednesday, when I cut out all the worst sugary foods. So, this isn’t just from one day.
I don’t really have the energy to think of much more to say. I’ll update this post with a picture and anything else I think of later. I also have some awesome links about sugar and its effects that I’ll include in my next post on how this no-sugar week is going.
Update 1 (a couple hours later): You can now add throwing up to the list of symptoms thus far, probably due to my headache.
Anyone else gone through cutting out sugar or any other unhealthy vice? How’d it go? Encouragement and tips are always welcome!
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily, for my weight and conditions using the Hydration Calculator.
2. Cut out sugar–all added sugar, some natural, plus things like breads, pastas, and unhealthy carbs in general–with help from 20 Ways to Get Sugar Out of Your Life.
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
5. Breastfeed (obviously not an option for those who aren’t new moms)
6. Take supplements (vitamins)–healthy, correctly measured, real (not artificial) supplements that my body can actually process–I use Standard Process.
7. Oil pulling–honestly just thought it was something I’d try because what people say about it interests me. Good article on it, but maybe I can have some better feedback as to how it goes.
8. Bye-bye caffeine–this one pains me the most, because coffee, I love you. What can I say though, caffeine isn’t good for you and your body can actually become addicted and start to depend on it.
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day–and by light, I mean stretching, simple yoga poses, a long walk, etc.
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices–this is a guide I want to go by for health-filled smoothies throughout the next 100 days: Green Smoothies.