This week, I decided to go off sugar, corn and flour. I have done this before and it’s difficult because sugar and corn are in just about everything (i.e. bread, bacon etc.) and flour is in most processed foods. In the past, I was on my own and was super strict. I didn’t eat dairy or any grains. In fact, all I ate was veggies and protein. It was very limiting and probably why I only lasted 3 months. I have to say for that short time, I did feel better than I ever had in the past.
This time around, I am eating whole grains and dairy. I’m not using to eating like that, it’s a lot of food. But I believe it helps with the physical cravings. After day 3, I was craving pizza and I caught my thoughts about it and was okay. I was emotional too but I opted to go for a walk and that really helped. Other than that, so far it’s been okay.
I felt intimated about doing this again because I had failed in the past. I haven’t been able to stay on a lot of diets for a significant amount of time except Weight Watchers. However, even while on WW, I was frustrated because I would lose and gain back the same weight for years, hence why I stopped all together.
Now, I’m looking at this as an abstinence decision instead of any diet. I am choosing to eat healthy natural foods. I’m recording a video diary that at some point I’ll edit and post on YouTube so others can see my progress. It will take time both physically and mentally to break the sugar addiction that some scientists say is like a drug. That being said, I know practicing abstinence is key. Check out this 60 minutes story on sugar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n29ZIJ-jQA
For me, sugar, corn and flour have altered my metabolic profile. This means my body has changed so much, it needs serious change to ‘reset’ and function normally. If not, the chances of weight gain and medical problems increases significantly.
Sugar, in particular when eaten in mass quantities (which is easy to do in the American diet), causes the body to crave it more. It’s like caffeine, after a while, your body processes the caffeine much quicker and it needs more coffee to get the same effect. Sugar is the same. After consuming so much of it, your body has become ‘immune’ to it’s impacts so you have to eat more to get the same feelings of pleasure (couple that with intense cravings). However, with sugar, consuming more and more not only increases weight, it starts to change the body’s endocrine system (think belly fat) ultimately leading to diabetes, heart disease and potentially cancer.
The fact is, I gorged on sugar for over 20 years. It’s the reason why I am where I am today. In those 20 years, the volume of those junk foods increased over time because it took more of it to experience the same feelings of ‘fulfillment and satisfaction’. Unfortunately, the cravings intensified to the point where logic and reason were no longer dominant. It seemed like the cravings would always trump my reasoning when making better food choices.
When I’m off sugar, I feel like a different person. I’m able to think clearly, make better (and more confident decisions) about food and of course lose weight. It’s going to take time to get there, however, it’s what has to be done if I’m going to change my body to live a longer life. Over the last few years, I have grown personally and a lot of the affirmations and meditation I’ve been doing consistently have really help during the tough times. That includes the healthy habits I had identified and incorporated into my routines for a while now which I believe has prepared me for this journey…
sugar abstinence, weight loss, hormones