Lately I’ve been feeling a little off. I hesitated to mention it on the blog because I wasn’t exactly sure of the problem. I’ve been having headaches and generally feeling weak similar to having the flu. For a bit I thought I might have a sinus infection and even tracked down a new doctor in my are to make an appointment. However, after speaking with a friend who studies alternative medicine, he suggested I try giving up sugar.
WHAT! I can’t give up sugar! I’m apparently more than a little addicted to the stuff.
He launched into a long monologue about how sugar affects the body, including how much it triggers inflammation. This reminded me of a lot of the information Kris Carr shares in her book Crazy, Sexy, Diet.
Truth be told, it all made a lot of sense. Sugar could be a big factor of my afternoon headaches, mood swings, the reason why I always feel like I have a head cold, and the fact that I toss and turn at night lately.
So I’m giving up Sugar!
To be clear, I’m not giving up sugar for the rest of my life. I just have an unnatural affinity for the stuff and eat more than most throughout the day. I moved out my doctors appointment a bit to give this a chance to work. I know myself well enough that I can’t ease my way off of it, so I’m going cold turkey, beginning tomorrow. Technically I’m starting right now, but I’ve already eaten quite a bit of sugar today so it’s a scratch day. Tomorrow will be the official first day off sugar.
The plan is to officially cut out refined sugar as much as possible for the next 30 days (I’m shaking already). I will still continue to eat any natural occurring sugar found in fruit, etc. I will also, most likely, eat a few grams in other traditional products, but I will try to minimize it as much as possible. I was amazed to find out how much sugar is in our everyday items, like bread, it’s crazy!
I do expect to have some withdrawal symptoms over the next few days, but the long term benefits should be well worth it. I’ll share the progress after I’ve been off the ‘juice’ for a few days.
This is about to get interesting.