The month of January and first part of February I followed Whole30 to help figure out some of my health related issues. Because of this special diet, I consumed NO SUGAR for a month and a half. After the first week, it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I expected and I felt pretty amazing.
In the middle of February, I eased off-plan from Whole30 but still worked to stay away from sugar. At that point, I began taking some supplements my doctor recommended and started seeing a huge difference in my health. But, the last week of February and beginning of March our family hit on some tough times, and which meant stress took over and unfortunately all bets were off with my healthy eating habits. At first, I did manage to hang on by a string, limiting sugar and trying hard to make sure I had plenty of protein and only “good for me” carbs. However, the further we progressed into March the worse the stress, and the worse my cravings for sugar became. I had succumbed to the sugar demons and often found myself consuming so much sugar I felt draggy and run down.
This is what I call a sugar coma. Being completely stressed and eating so much sugar that all I feel like doing is taking a nap, and probably eating more candy!
Over the course of the last two weeks in March I consumed SIXTEEN (yes, you read that right!!) Cadbury Caramel Eggs! (They are my kryptonite!) And constantly stuffing myself with them made me want to eat more junk all the time. A vicious cycle. My saving grace has been that they’re a seasonal item, I’m so glad that they are gone for the year!!
Too much sugar makes me want to SLEEP all the time! Makea me want consume all the Tylenol in the house because of the severe headaches. Makes me not want to eat protein rich foods, because I just don’t feel like! Sugar makes me want to eat more sugar! If I have just one [Cadbury Carmel Egg/Jelly beans/bag of kettle popcorn] I want MORE!! I want nothing but sugary snacks, and it’s becomes an evil, vicious cycle that’s SO very difficult to break away from. It’s become clear I need to use extreme caution with sugar.
There are some things that I just CAN NOT ALLOW MYSELF because they become too much for me to resist!! It’s one of the reasons I have gone from drinking a minimum of 32 ounces of regular Coke a day to drinking NO Coke or any other kind of soda! (Seven months soda free feels so good!! #SJNoSoda) I just don’t have it in me to resist consuming more than a reasonable amount, so I can’t have it.
It’s taken me 50 years to get to this point – there are just some things I have to just say, “no” to! I am not ready to completely say, “no” to ALL sugar, but I need to severely limit it and stay away from the foods I know will trigger a sugar coma.
I started this journey of health and fitness to take control of my life and live life in a more healthy way….limiting my sugar consumption will definitely help me reach my goals. I took the first step and rid my house of the Easter candy. It’s gone, and now I will move forward.
Do you have a vice food or drink you just can’t consume it without going overboard?
Share it with me so I don’t feel all alone, please!!