A Quick Two Month Follow Up
I wanted to give a quick update on my refined-sugar free experiment. I don’t think I can say I’m still refined sugar free, but I do have probably around 15 g or less of refined sugar per day now. Considering the American Heart Association recommends eating less than 25 g of added sugar per day, I’d say I’m doing quite well. I have indulged a little bit but really haven’t even felt like eating cookies, or milk chocolate treats like I used to. I had a brownie on Valentine's Day at a fancy restaurant, which was delicious and far better than eating tons of milk chocolate treats for days after. I also shared a blueberry cheesecake with my husband after my graduation. But other than that, the only sugar I have been eating is in dark chocolate and in Kombucha tea. Milk chocolate is like crack to me, so I haven’t had any, but dark chocolate I can eat responsibly, so I’ve been eating a piece or two every few days, finishing a whole bar in about 2 weeks. I found these amazing chocolate truffles by Alter Eco, they taste very much like Lindor truffles and I got two out the other day, ate one, and actually ended up putting the second back in the bag, because I found one to be satisfying enough. This is unheard of for me!! Needless to say, though I am not completely refined sugar-free anymore, I am very happy with the progress I have made. I think that having dessert after a special meal, or having a few pieces of dark chocolate here and there define a healthy relationship with sugar. No more bingeing and no more cravings.
I did have one weekend where I ate too much wheat, however. I felt terrible, so tired, head-achy, bloated, and heartburn. I have cut that out completely since.
I still feel it is much easier to get out of bed in the morning, I have decreased anxiety and mood swings, I feel healthy and lean and I have found it easier to focus and stay alert while staring at a computer screen all day. I also have yet to become sick this season, which is a bonus! Just more evidence (albeit anecdotal) that reducing sugar can improve immunity.
And I still haven’t had any of my chocolate/Christmas treats that are still sitting in my cupboard. Though I said I would have some February 1st, I honestly didn’t want any.