I’m on day 15 of removing sugar and grains from my diet. Grains are not tough at all for me but sugar, damn you sugar! Let me go through a brief overview of what I’ve felt like over the last two weeks.
Day 1-2 Feeling great! Feeling alive! I know this is so good and so right for me and I am loving getting the sugar out of my system! I don’t know if I’ll ever eat sugar again because I feel so good!
Day 3 OK, so I kind of want to hit someone. I’m irritable, tired, impatient, grumpy, and honestly a little bitchy. What I would do for a piece of dark chocolate right now is downright scary.
Day 4 Why the heck do I decide to commit to these things? Cut sugar out completely? Can it be cut out completely? It’s in tooth paste. I still brush my teeth. Maybe one chocolate chip wouldn’t hurt….no, NO! I am strong. I can do this.
Day 5 Okay, okay. Feeling less irritable today. Whenever I’m hungry or craving sugar, I realize if I just eat protein, I am better.
Day 6 Forget protein. I want sugar. I just want some sugar. Just a little morsel. Something…. anything.
Day 7 Hmmm, okay. I really do think I’m getting better now. The cravings are subsiding. And I remembered that I really like apples sautéed in butter with cinnamon on them. Mmmmmm.
Day 8-10 Doing awesome! No sugar still and now I realize that it wasn’t caffeine I was craving mid-afternoon but instead it was sugar. In whatever form was easiest available. Chocolate covered almonds, chai lattes, tea with stevia, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chips, raisins (yes, sugar comes in a natural form called fruit….I’m eating 1-2 servings a day but that’s it and it’s been either a green apple or berries)…
Day 11 Worked all day at the Women’s Show. Standing for long periods of time and all around me the vendors had candies and chocolates as enticing giveaways. Not me. Stayed strong. If you were at our booth, enjoying a sugary morsel and I was gazing longingly at you, I apologize. But now you know why.
Day 12 Second day at the Women’s Show. I had no idea how many people ate sugar! And grains for that matter. But when I choose whole foods (apple, almonds, sliced chicken, cut vegetables) to eat, I realized just how much people rely on sugar and grains for their snacks and meals!
Day 13 My husband’s birthday. I couldn’t trust myself to make a cake. One lick of my finger and all my hard work was for nothing. So I caved on the rest of my family and bought an ice cream cake. For two reasons 1) Tom loves ice cream (seriously, it’s his ONE thing) and 2) my kids can’t imagine a birthday without a cake. So, an ice cream cake it was. And I didn’t even attempt to breathe deeply, while hovering over the top of the cake, in the hopes that the wafts of chocolate fudge cream would be enough. I just threw on some candles, served it up, and watched as my family enjoyed. And enjoy they did.
Day 14 I survived the ice cream cake so with this new-found sense of power over my cravings, I went ahead and made some grain-free chocolate chip cookies. The kids haven’t had any baked goods since January 1 either (other than the ice cream cake last night, of course) and with some events this week where other less-healthy treats will be offered, I wanted to arm them with something they could enjoy and not feel left out. I didn’t lick a spoon, my finger, or the drips that landed on the counter. Woman of steel, I tell you. (Side note: without the paleo baked goods in the house, the kids didn’t even realize it. Two weeks of no paleo banana bread, paleo muffins, or other paleo-fied treats and not one peep of “can we have a muffinnnnnnnn?”)
Day 15 Today. Those cookies in the pantry look damn good. And apparently they are damn good because not only did each of the kids have a taste but our amazing cleaning lady did too. She promptly went out and bought the cookbook that I got the recipe from, and then made a batch herself. Out of the 18 cookies that were made, six were consumed yesterday by aforementioned individuals. Ten were in the bag when I got home from work which leads me to believe that my husband found them.
So I’m now into the second half of my 30 day challenge to remove all grains and sugars. Again, grains, I can live without. I think it’s fair to say that sugars will be added back in but I will have new rules for myself around them. What I have learned…..
wasam seriously addicted to sugar.
- I don’t need sugar to get through a day.
- I am perfectly fine to drink tea in lieu of chai lattes or tea with stevia/honey.
- I am much stronger than the cravings that I used to cave to.