I quit sugar. To be specific, I quit processed sugars, artificial sweeteners and alcohol on October 17th.
It’s been a week now and I’m feeling pretty good. The first few days were interesting, I’ll admit. But I think my body has adjusted by now.
But before I get into all that, let me explain…
Why I Quit Sugar
I have always been on the slender side. I eat a mostly plant-based, high fiber diet and I get my 10,000 steps in almost every day. But a few years ago the weight started creeping in and I have found it increasingly difficult to lose the pounds. Not a lot of weight gain, but enough to upset me. The doctor wasn’t concerned. “It happens with age” he’d say and smile. (Grrr…did he just tell me that I’m getting old?!)
Then there’s my constant battle with high cholesterol. It runs in the family. Two years ago I finally got it below 200 with diet and exercise! So happy!! This year though it was back over 200 and Mary was not a happy girl 🙁
It’s only a few points over 200. Nothing to be concerned about. But that combined with the weight settling on my hips was enough for me. Time to do something!
Full disclosure. I’m not big on sweets. A box of Valentine’s Day chocolates will literally last me months. I’m happy with one cookie or just a taste of ice cream instead of a scoop. I don’t like frosting on my cake or donuts. And I drink very little soda.
But what I do like is chocolate milk in my coffee (You HAVE TO try it!). I love flavored yogurt in my breakfast smoothies. I love to eat a slice of warm, sweet fruit pie that I just made. And I like my cocktails on the weekends.
I guess I can’t say that I don’t eat sugar. It’s just that it is camouflaged and hidden in what I eat.
So after reading about how our bodies start to metabolize sugars differently as we age, I figured I’d give it a try and cut out sugar for a while. The doctor did say that the sugars in alcohol affects the triglycerides in cholesterol…. So maybe quitting sugar would be a double win! Lose weight and get my cholesterol back down!
And here we are, back to the beginning of my story.
I quit on the 17th. I felt pretty good that day. Proud of myself for taking this step.
I felt terrible the next day. Dizzy, foggy and irritable. It was like I was getting sick and took cold medication. Let’s just say it was not a good day to tick me off.
The third day was better. I was only a bit dizzy in the morning.
I have felt good every day after that. And every day more confident that I can reach my goal of no sugar until November 11th. Almost a full month.
My Progress So Far
It took me a while to get used to my non-sweetened-plain-yogurt smoothie. But now I can taste the actual fruit in it 🙂
I cut the chocolate milk in my coffee by more than half. I still can’t drink coffee black.
No cocktails or slices of pie were had over the weekend.
And best of all… I lost over 2 pounds!
Granted, it’s only been a week. But I think I can do this. And I think I can make it a more permanent lifestyle change. Or at least a version of it 😉
Stay tuned for updates!