So I am sugar free. My name is Jenni and I’m ten days sugar free.
Sux to be me.
There’s been a ‘sugar free’ movement growing in size for years now and before I was diagnosed with cancer I joined in and went sugar free for ten weeks. My body responded well and I loved it.
Over the last 6-9 months I’ve struggled with my health and diet. I haven’t been consistent and have been tempted by too much that isn’t good for me so I chose to make a change, and that change was sugar free.
I decided to detox, strict for six weeks and then play it by ear. I may continue being strict or I may relax a little, whatever I do I know that sugar and I ‘aren’t friends’ and the research on the relationship between sugar and cancer scares me.
So how did I go over my first week? Well, not as well as I thought I would.
Last time I went sugar free I powered through it but to be honest it’s been harder this time around. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve stuck to it but the withdrawal and accompanying headaches PLUS body aches weren’t pleasant.
I had around six days of feeling crap, days were I would open and close the pantry looking for that habitual food fix.
Days where my glands were swollen, my head throbbed, my patience was thin and I generally just felt shit.
Eventually I seem to have found my happy place and I’m now no longer searching for sugar.
I’ve had some help though. Going sugar free needs forward planning and preparation. It’s easy to commit but even easier to fail once willpower evades us.
I’ve been bookmarking and baking recipes from this Sarah Wilson cookbook.
I’ve made and tried these chia puddings which if I’m honest made me gag. The almond milk flavour was overpowering and blergh so I ditched them.
I also made these pumpkin muffins, I chose not to add the ‘stevia’ that the recipe called for. I don’t understand why a savoury muffin loaded with naturally sweet pumpkin need a sweetener…weird.
The muffins were ok, even though they look like a turd in this pic. I like mine slathered in butter (organic), but next time I make them I might add extra salt and maybe even some curry powder as they lacked flavour.
Searching for a yoghurt with less than 5g per 100g of sugar is tough work. There just weren’t many and of the ones I did find I had to be careful because quite a few were extremely high in fat. I settled on the plain Chobani single tubs for their portion size and low sugar content.
A little cinnamon and a few berries added to yoghurt is the business for the 3pm slump, even better with some nuts added.
I’ve also been eating…
a lot of good fats to satiate my appetite. Avocados, eggs, nitrate free bacon and meat has been getting me through. So far so good.
…buckwheat crepes 🙂
… these bacon and egg muffins are by far the best thing ever, getting me through meetings, picnics and ravenous moments.
…drinking a few extra coffees with milk, I ussually drink black coffee but I’m going with it. I figure my body needs it. After all that’s what this about, listening to my body and giving it what it needs.
I had good intentions of exercising but truthfully it’s been too damn hot and I’ve had my cranky pants on because you know, withdrawal headaches!
Although I did do a pretty awesome outside yoga class complete with ducks!
First ten days done. How about you?
Are you sugar free…how did you go?
til next time,