Ok, so it's Sunday now and the week of no sugar is over. Hopefully the other two brave commrades will add in their findings and thoughts but for me well, here goes.......
To say giving up sugar in all its additional forms: sucrose (the white stuff), lactose (in all dairy products) and fructose (in lots of fruits) is easy would be an understatement. It grips you like a vice and the urge is really very strong to give into it.
Interesting I do now think there are different reasons why we want or crave sugar and we can have more than one reason why this is. Whether it be yeast probs, hormone imbalances or weak adrenals what I have recently read certianly makes sense although I'm not suggesting it is the only way to look at things.
Anyway, the first few days went very well, keeping topped up with slow releasing carbohydrates and protein was clearly important for me. Getting even the slightest bit peckish led me to thinking about sugary things more and more.
Keeping the diet as varied as possible to avoid repetition also seems important too as there is only so much veg soup that one can take.
Snacks were more difficult as this is where my sugar intake was usually high but with imagination it can be overcome.
By day 3 it was more difficult to resist but after another two days it definitely seemed to wane.
Now, although I'm kind of looking forward to a blast of Cadburys tomorrow on the other hand I'm not so sure. Why? Well.........
My sleep pattern has improved, just tired not wired before bed, I'm feeling a little more energetic (not madly so but enough to notice the difference), my skin is looking clearer and less open pores and less lines I believe (this could be sleep related too) and my joints are definitely not stinging as much as a week ago.
I even feel as though some of my muscles are more reactive than before giving me a more stable feeling when walking about.
So, in conclusion, well worth the effort and for future reference I will try a handful of choc tomorrow (It is Easter after all) and will pop on for a update with how it makes me feel but will endavour to keep any further sugar intake to a low a figure as poss if not keep it out altogether.
(I believe there was a prog on TV this week abot how to make things taste sweet without using sugar. Missed it but will try and check it out. Good for those who still need to have that pleasure centre tickled once in a while but perhaps not necessary for those who have really kicked that requirement right into touch).
Lastly, there's a kilo of weight gone somewhere and its not round my waist any more so that can only be a good thing! Plus, my transit time (pardon the need for this) seems to have improved once I stopped eating eggs every day which really didn't help.
As all good studies must consider the flipside, I will just add that of course I hoped to feel better without sugar so it could be purely psychological. Our minds are a law unto themselves but at the end of the day if I can go on improving without it then it really doesn't matter and I'm certainly doing myself no harm by removing it.
Looking forward to hearing the other two accounts real soon.
Sleep well this shortened night!