Since I finished my 30 Days with no (added) sugar experiment, I’ve decided to try some of the foods that had added sugar that I missed during that time. Now mind you, some of these are sugary, like the Rasberry Creme soda I had hidden in my pantry, and some of them are “good” foods, like hummus or jerky which just happens to have sugar as one of the ingredients.
The good news is I have successfully cured myself of my soda addiction. Hubby reminded me of that little treat that I had tucked away. I didn’t drink this on my first day, because honestly, I was afraid to. Most sodas here in the USA have that nasty high fructose corn syrup (unless you pick up the pack of Cokes from Costco which were hache en Mexico and contain real sugar) and one can has 140 useless calories and 34 sugars. Yowza! That’s over half of my nutritionist suggested limit for sugar. A couple days into my Detox free zone I finally popped the can open. I took a sip and almost spit it out. It tasted like syrup! OMG! It was way too sweet! Yay! I officially don’t like soda.
I also don’t like much sugar in my coffee any more. I can’t drink coffee without sugar, but thankfully have cut my usual Cream-and-Sugar-with-a-touch-of-coffee down to a more modest amount. I still have yet to stop by a coffee stand to get a latte, but I’m sure I’ll be able to ask for half of the flavoring and actually enjoy it. I have added a touch of honey to my tea, but other than that, I have given myself leeway to basically go batshit crazy for a short time to see what else is completely detoxed out of my system.
I used to occassionally go down to the corner market and pick up a king-sized Snickers ice cream bar. The market also had Reeses peanut butter ice cream bars. Somewhere along the way I picked up one of each. Don’t worry, I only ate one at a time. Sadly, eating this ice cream bar did not give me the same shock of grossness that I had with the soda. This was delicious. The carmel and the peanuts were absolute perfection. However, I did notice that I was feeling full about half-way through this monstrousity. Did I stop? “No, I just drove on” (~Vanilla Ice.) I was always saddened by the fact that they didn’t sell boxes of these in the grocery stores so I could stock up. They had boxes of Snickers ice cream bars, but in my mind the bars were always so small, they weren’t worth the effort. Now I can say that those smaller sizes are the right size, although after how I felt during this week, I don’t know that I’m going to rush out and fill my freezer with them. I ate the Resees the following day, but got so frustrated at the chocolate falling apart in small chunks all over my shirt that I really didn’t enjoy that one at all. Check that one off the list of no returns.
One of the earliest sugar included meals I made was Tahitian rice (white rice, pineapple, coconut milk, and sugar), with chicken kabobs (chicken, red, orange, and yellow peppers, and pineapple glazed with Thai sweet chili sauce) and tropical salad which is salad greens with mango, avocado, and strawberrys with a homemade pineapple dressing (pineapple juice, olive oil and red wine vinegar).
On a following day, I remember having a Hidalgo (Mexican coconut ice cream) and a glass of wine. My husband pours mondo glasses of wine, so this one lasted me two nights. I also partook of some delicous Wingstop Wings, one of my greatest temptresses. Those are the best wings I have ever had. Hubby and I even looked into what it would take to franchise a Wingstop store they’re so good. Along with the wings, I got their delicious fries (so different from other fries) and a cup of sweet tea. I almost didn’t finish the tea. In fact I have no idea why I pushed on to suck it all down. It was way too sweet!
Somewhere along the tour of tasty sweet things, I noticed that I started having shortness of breath, tightness in my chest, a feeling of exhaustion for no reason, and an unquenchable thirst. Mind you these are the symptoms that got me labeled Gluten Intolerant by several naturopathic doctors. There is no actual test to determine if you are gluten intolerant, unless you have a wheat allergy or celiac’s disease which is different. To determine whether or not you are gluten intolerant is a review of your symptoms and then looking at what happens to you when you take it out of your diet. While working with my nutritionist, I not only stopped eating gluten but also significantly reduced my sugar intake. What if the problem isn’t really gluten at all, but in fact sugar? I was already at pre-diabetic levels when I stopped seeing my nutritionist (again that was over a financial disagreement, not because she wasn’t awesome.) Could just having excess sugar in my system be causing me to feel that way. I tell you what, one of the best side-effects of cutting out added sugar from my diet was the surge in energy. I popped up out of bed like a piece of toast from a toaster (lol! food simile) and got so much done in my day. These days I have melded my ass to my recliner and have a general feeling of meh. Not only that, but I can’t sleep at all! I mean, I have a ton of quick burning fuel coursing through my veins so that makes sense. If I can have gluten with low sugars again, then I’m loading up on Costco cheesy bagels… We’ll come back to that.
Several days ago I decided that Monday, July 10 would be the start date for my 30 Days With Reduced Sugar Campaign. Why didn’t I just pick the next day to start since I already noticed that I was feeling bad and that my ass is a little more jiggly that it should be? Because sugar is a hard lover to break up with. There were leftovers of the Tahitian rice, a bottle of wine to finish and ooo!! oo! oo! one more thing I had to try first, so I had to set myself a date. I like starting changes on Mondays because weekdays are more structured and easier to work with. I have never been so excited to start a healthy eating plan.
What About You?
Work out guru Tiffany Roth has mentioned that she notices that her butt gets more jiggly when eating too many sugary treats, and I have noticed that for sure as well. What happens to you when you get too crazy with the treats? Share in the comments below. Don’t forget to like, share, and follow to keep up with the journey.
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