Monday, December 05, 2016

I was doing great with my new no-sugar plan until Thursday, the 8th. After t he kids were in bed I went to a Girl Scout Meeting to be trained on cookie season 2017. Of course, they had Girl Scout Cookies there. One of every kind! I debated if I should eat them or not, if the benefits of no sugar could stand up to Girl Scout cookies, and made a compromise. I took one of each kind of cookie and left them in my napkin. After the meeting I took the cookies home, put them in a ziplock bag and stuck them in the freezer. Frozen Girl Scout cookies are AMAZING! I decided to save them for another day. No point in eating sugar in less-than optimal circumstances. 

The next day was my wonderful husband's birthday. Drek likes pies, not cakes, so I made his favorite pie, sugar, red dye and all. We enjoyed it that night with a glass of egg-nog. 

Saturday I was back to no-sugar and pleased that the effects of the sugar from the day before were mild. Saturday night we got a babysitter for our kids and Drek and I went out to eat. I'm sure the delicious food was  soaked in sugar to make it taste so good, but since I rarely eat out it was justifiable, although I am starting to look forward to January, when I know I will be less wishy-washy about my stance on sugar. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Aftermath

On Thanksgiving I ate the rolls. I ate the cranberry sauce. I ate the stuffed mushrooms. I ate the stuffing and I ate roughly several slices of pumpkin pie. It was wonderful. 

We had our feast a little before noon. We snacked for the rest of the day. By 5pm I felt drained. i also felt...edgy. I was irritable and moody. At one point I was about to throw a tempter tantrum, and the only reason I didn't was because my inner monologue was something like this: 
"WHOA! Calm down! This is the sugar you are feeling. Just breathe, this will go away. you are really not this angry over nothing. Just calm down. Oh look! Another slice of pumpkin pie!" 

Because I had such a strong reaction I was excited the next day to go sugar-free again. But...you know...leftovers! I had all my in-laws over and I was not in charge of my meals. My meals were Monday and Wednesday's dinners. I could have made myself my own meals, but...excuses. So I secondary sugar. And also two snack packs of oreos. And also pumpkin pie. 

And once again, my mood lost all stability and I almost threw a temper tantrum. 

And repeat on Saturday. 

Come Sunday I was actually excited to go back off sugar. Sunday was a hard day, maybe because I was coming off of a sugar high, maybe because we packed so much fun into the week and I was dead tired, but I was so, so, so tired. 

Monday was great. I was back to clear thinking and high energy. No detox symptoms this time! 

And thus my lesson is learned: Is sugar evil? No, sugar is delicious. But my life is way better when I'm off of all sugar. I do think I want to indulge here and there, but is there a way to do that without destabilizing my mood so severely? Also, is this why my kids throw tantrums? Because of sugar? 

So I suppose I'm just finishing up No Sugar Day 4. To be honest, I am worried. The holidays are all about sugar. I did great leading up up Thanksgiving, but I am attending at least 3 different Chrsitmas parties over the next two weeks. Do I eat sugar at all of them? Do I not eat sugar at any of them? 

Drek brought home Eggnog yesterday. I LOVE eggnog. I didn't have any. There is still half a gallon left in our fridge. It is calling for me. I wonder if I can make a healthy sugar-free eggnog. What is eggnog made from, anyway? 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sugar Detox Day 24

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the big day! I'm breaking my no-sugar streak! I'm very proud of myself for meeting my goal, but I'm even more thrilled with the results. I'll start back up on a no-sugar streak again tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sugar Detox Day 23

After talking with several people, I've decided to break my no-sugar streak tomorrow. I met my goal and I'm proud of myself. I did it! Hooray! I'd like to stay off of sugar, but like so many other things, the stumbling block is the social aspect; I'm just not thrilled with the idea of not eating anyone else's food tomorrow. I'm making the sweet potato casserole (sugar free!) but other than that, the rolls, the cranberry sauce, the pies, the drinks, the panko for the stuffed mushrooms...are made with sugar. The stuffing and turkey are, of course, made with meat, so I can't have that either. That leaves me with mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, which I would be fine with on a normal day, but this is Thanksgiving, and I don't want to offend my in-laws by not eating. More than that, I want to fit in and not be the "that person" that has such strict dietary restrictions that everyone is afraid to even mention food in my presence.

I'm not anti-sugar, so I don't feel it's worth the social stigma to skip the Thanksgiving feast. I also don't think I'll become addicted to sugar again in just one day, so I'm confident I won't have to detox again. I'll eat sugar within reason on Holidays, but my life really is better without sugar the rest of the time.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sugar Detox Day 22

I feel great. I have more energy, my mind is clear, my memory is actually working, I have patience and compassion,  my skin is clearer, I'm accomplishing tasks, I'm laughing, I'm confident about my body, I look forward to trying on pants instead of dreading it, I'm optimistic about my health and my future. I've avoided coming down with a nasty cold that has hit everyone else in my family and overall just feel like I'm in a great place.

Today I got about 3 hours of sleep, and It's ok. I'm a little tired, but my mind is clear, I have energy, and even bounce! I really don't want to give this up!

The only thing that has not improved is my anxiety. I really thought no-sugar would help, but it really hasn't made a difference.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sugar Detox Day 21

Today was my weigh-in day. oddly, I lost 4 pounds in the first two weeks, then gained it all back last week. I'm not really sure why or how, but then, the scale is usually very puzzling to me.

I'll focus instead on this: In October I was given a pair of jeans that I could not pull up. It wasn't that they were hard to get into, I was just too big for the pants to even try. Last week I wore the jeans. hooray for me! They were tight, and after a few hours my hips were sore because they were so tight, but I could wear them! Today I am wearing the jeans and they are no longer tight. They are form-fitting, but no longer uncomfortable. I'm losing a lot of inches, it's just not reflected on the scale for some reason.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sugar Detox Day 20

Last night we harvested our ears of corn from the corn stalks growing in our garden and added them to our mini pre-Thanksgiving feast. We had homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, asparagus, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes (made with vanilla, oranges and honey) and homemade no sugar apple and pecan pie. The pecan pie was AMAZING. I used this recipe and just omitted the coconut sugar. I didn't replace it, just left it out. It was so sweet and delicious.

The feast was amazing and again, it made me really thankful that I was eating everything without sugar filtered taste buds. It also made me realize that I'm not missing anything by not eating sugar. I can have an amazing Thanksgiving feast, including pies, with no sugar. Maybe I'll extend my no-sugar detox to Christmas, instead of Thanksgiving.

Sugar Detox Day 19

We went to a birthday party today. I thought it was a white birthday so I arrived right on time, only to discover that I was the first guest to arrive because this was a Mexican birthday party!  I was very happy. For adults, Mexican birthday parties are the best. First, there is no question about dropping your kid off or staying and hiding in a corner. Everyone comes to the party no matter what the age. There are tables set up and you can sit and talk with other adults while you eat delicious Mexican food prepared on the grill right in front of you. There is plenty of food, but should you want snacks you can have chips (no sugar), watermelon, cucumber, or jicama . BTW, I had never eaten a jicama until i moved to Sunland. They are AMAZING. Jicamas  quickly jumped to the top of my favorite raw vegetable list. The candy in the pinata is Mexican candy (less sugar!) and the party lasts for hours and hours, leaving you free to arrive when you want and leave when you want without any social awkwardness.

The kids had a blast, I had a great time, I ate delicious food I didn't have to make myself, but the best part was I tried something new! I watched one of the adult guests at my table eat a nopales, which is prickly pear cactus.  I have seen these a lot, in fact, our neighbor grows them just to eat, but have never eaten one, mostly because I have no idea how to eat a cactus. I finally roused my courage enough to ask about the cactus he was eating and tell him i wanted to eat one, but wasn't sure how. He laughed and said I'd want to eat one with a corn tortilla and a lot of hot sauce because they didn't taste very good. He said he ate them all the time as a kid and was used to the taste, but still didn't find them delicious. Still, I was excited to try a new vegetable!

I went to grab one from the grill, only to discover they were out! The cook (the father of the birthday girl) was both surprised that I wanted to eat one, and that they were out. he said they were the one food item they always had leftover after every party. He told me he'd track one down, and a few minutes later a plate appeared before me with a freshly grilled nopales on it. The women told me she didn't like the taste, but ate them because they were so healthy.

 Actually, I liked it. It tasted like sour zucchini. It was kind of like rhubarb.

I remembered reading about your food tastes differently after you go off sugar. This study shows sugar affects your taste buds, dulling sensitivity to the taste sensation, and increasing preference for sweeter tastes. It can be one of the reasons why it's hard to go off of sugar (food just doesn't taste good for a few weeks) and it also explains why it is so hard to get kids to eat vegetables; if they eat sugar all day long, when they bite into something bitter not only is it different, but they can't taste anything BUT the bitter.

I like thinking that the first time I tried nopales, i tasted it with my real taste buds, instead of with a sugar filtered taste buds.