For those who have not picked up on a recent question I posed a query as to whether anyone else would care to join me in a 7 day stint wihtout sugar in any form in the diet. This would include all known forms, sucrose, fructose, lactose, corn syrup, etc as well as artificial sweetners too.
It looks like 3 of us are taking the challenge!
We're currently debating whether white pots and white rice will be included. We know these to also be a high glycemic load but they are generally eaten alongside other foods that may not have the same detrimental effects so helping to balance the immediate loading.
We are also interested as to how much the craving for sugar in itself is controllable and in the long term (7 days) whether we feel any better or worse in our top 10 symptoms at the end of this period.
We shall be scoring our symptoms before we start on a 0 - 5 rating with 0 being 'no symptoms', 1 being 'not too problematic', 2 'a bit of a bind', 3 'a pain in the neck', 4 'really debilitating' and 5 meaning 'absolutely awful'.
At the end of the 7 days we shall compare our own notes/improvments and hopefully with each other too.
It will be important not to change anything else at this time so that any improvements etc can only be put down to the non-consumption of sugar.
So - what will we be eating?
On the 'as much as you wish list' are: All meats, all fish, all veg, all grains, eggs, all beans, nuts, berries (careful with dried berries as these are usually sugar infused), herbs, spices and water of course and black tea/coffee.
(Milk has its own sugar called lactose of course so if possible avoid this or use skimmed if really necessary as its lactose content is less).
Anything processed - sauces, tinned beans, cold meats (check the label), some sliced breads, alcohol, cakes, biscuits, ice-cream, chocolate, all fruit juices etc will be avoided as well as the following sugar types:
Sucrose (white, brown or otherwise), fructose (often in bruch bars or packeted items as well as most fruit), honey, beet sugar, cane sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, and saccharin or other artificial sweeteners (these because they can mimic the same reactions even though they are articficial).
If we do normally eat processed foods then we shall try to check labels and avoid anything that has sugar added in its contents. (Cooking sauces are notorious for this).
When is this happening?
So, we take the plunge at midnight on Sat 23rd March and complete on Sat 30th.
For myself these are the top 10 symptoms I shall be watching:
1. Tiredness, 2, Lack of energy, 3, Poor hair and skin, 4. Joint pains, 5. Muscle pains, 6. Constantly cold, 7. Swollen Tongue, 8. Constipation, 9. Feeling Emotional 10. Generally feeling ill (not myself).
Currently 5 topics score 5/5, 4 topics score 4/5 and 1 topic scores 3/5.
So - watch this space and if you'd like to join in then just prepare your fridge/cupboards by Sat eve and let's party!
I shall drop in daily at least to update you on howit is going for me and I believe the other two will do the same.
Wish us luck!