Going sugar free is tough! Because, sugar is in freakin everything and it’s bloody addictive!
I’ve struggled…yeah, the struggle is vividly real!
The first couple of weeks I did well, then week three and four I stumbled (more than once) but I’m not giving up.
But, I am giving milk a rest for a while. I love milk and I don’t normally have issues but since giving up sugar my gut isn’t happy with milk in it.
Nuh uh, I’ve been craving milk and drinking milkshakes (who am I?) and lattes…and paying the price.
My belly has been swollen and tender and let’s just say we’re going through waaay more of the ‘pretty embossed sheets’ than usual.
So, giving up sugar has shown up some bigger issues, which is great because it means I can listen ‘clearer’ to what my body is telling me.
Like acknowledging that coffee was giving me heartburn. Yup! Maybe it was because I was drinking lattes loaded with milk over my regular black coffee.
I like black coffee but if I drink too many I’ve been known to get an irritated bladder and UTI…from coffee!!! So, after the indigestion and bloated belly I’ve returned to sipping herbal teas.
No coffee, no milk and no milkshakes, just peppermint, lemon, cinnamon, fennel, ginger and lots of other tummy soothing herbs.
And guess what, it’s not that bad. I’m not missing coffee, sure it took a few days to get used to because, coffee!!! After a week I’m in the swing of herbal and slowly my tummy is going down, a bit like this balloon I gave my son last week.
Oh shit alright, while we’re at it…I ate a donut from his donut cake too! Well, wouldn’t you? 🙂
I’m also eating fruit again. Not much, just the odd apple and pear because I’m middle aged and medicated and well, you know the story. Let’s just say that with no milk and fibrous fruit things are running regularly ?
But, wouldn’t you know it, it’s bloody Easter! Of course I’ve had those mini chocolate eggs floating around my house all week, pretending they’re decorations.
Decorations that disappear!!
And then get replaced! You too??
Anyway, today I picked up some Easter gifts for my boys and Mister and didn’t go overboard. I can’t wait to see the back of the chocolate eggs, and Easter buns. Although we don’t go for the buns full of crap, we buy these spelt or organic sourdough Easter buns.
Their kinder on the tummy although at $7.95 a packet not so kind on the hip pocket. I normally buy plain but today I relented and bought the ones with cranberry…sugar! See, it’s everywhere!!
It’s been an up and down fortnight, I’ve also got some health issues and testing going on too which has been stressful, the kinda time where I would normally dive into sugar. Instead, it’s been herbal teas, lots of eggs, Avo and green vegetables.
Do I feel better? I do, but not ridiculously better. Not yet anyway.