This week I’m going for 7 days without consuming added refined sugar. I’ve known for awhile now that I consume too much refined sugar, whether it’s a spoonful in my tea, the sugar in my homemade granola/meusli, sweetened berry jam, or baked goods. I also learned recently (via a batch of brownies that lasted a mere 3 days in this house) that my body feels like bleechhh when I eat a lot of sugar in a short period of time. If my body feels so bad in those extreme sugar-consumption incidents, perhaps the less obvious but near-constant lower level of blah could also be due to excessive sugar consumption. I figured the best way to figure it out was to cut out sugar for a little while and see what happens. My goal for this week is to eat foods that do not contain added refined sugar or honey, and to not use sugar/honey in my tea, cereal, baking, etc. I am letting myself eat fresh fruit as much as I want, and I am allowing myself a small portion of dried fruit (in the form of homemade larabars via Chocolate Covered Katie) if a craving gets really nasty. My reasons are two-fold: I want to see how hard it is to not eat sugar; and I want to see if my body feels any differently after 7 days without sugar. When I hit day 7, I will evaluate and perhaps extend the experiment another 7 days.
Sunday is grocery shopping day, and usually I treat myself at the end of my shopping trip to some little nibbly. I almost always choose an item from the natural/organic foods section (Liberte Mediterranee yogurt is a favorite), but I’ve been known to swing by the bakery section of the store for a donut hole or a chocolate-chip muffin. I’ve realized that I tend 99.99% of the time to choose a sweet item. Even that delicious yogurt is full of sugar! Today, I felt a little panicky as I got to the end of my shopping trip, but then I remembered that I can have larabars. So I enjoyed a coconut cream pie larabar, and boy, was it good.
I’ll be posting an update 7 days from now. Wish me luck!