We asked one of our Advisors if she would try going five days without sugar and write
about it. A big thanks goes out to Anne, who took this assignment in stride! Here’s
what she wrote:
I'm not a sweet tooth person. Don't get me wrong, I
do like good sweets. I like homemade baked goods, high quality ice cream, wine and
the occasional mixed drink, but I'm not a candy girl and I don't eat junk. (Well,
I do steal a few of my daughter’s McDonald’s French fries when she turns away —
but those don't count, right?)
I don't crave sugar as much as I
did when I used to start my day with adding sugar to my coffee. And now that I’ve
switched to decaf, the afternoon slumps are not as bad either. But I do take my
Essential Nutrients, extra vitamin D and probiotics, which help. Sugar only beckons
in the afternoon, when my energy slumps, and during the 10 days before my cycle
starts, which is where I am right now.
Luckily, I had just finished a double scoop of chocolate gelato moments before being
roped into this research. I was hoping it would pick me up out of my dark mood and
it did! Sweet creaminess! Happy again!
The night before I started my five days without sugar, I had a glass of wine and
some salt and vinegar chips. Normally, I would have resisted, but since I'm forbidden
to eat sugar for 5 days, I thought it best to get rid of the temptations!
Well, I woke at 2 AM. I have no doubt that eating chips and drinking wine sparked
my adrenals. Somehow I did manage to get back to sleep and later made it through
my 2 PM cravings by eating a Chobani mango yogurt. Oops, 20 grams of sugar. Oh well,
could have been worse.
I made it past my 2 PM cravings today only to head straight to happy hour. I had
2 rum drinks with fruit juice and then a major headache. I took some Tylenol before
I woke again at 2 AM. Took 2 more Tylenol for my headache and got back to sleep.
I didn’t have sugar all day. Actually, I didn’t have much of any cravings either.
No sugar all day. No cravings.
No sugar until around 3 PM. I had to join my daughter for an end-of-the summer vacation
ice cream cone. Otherwise I could have passed. It’s definitely worth any insomnia
I may deal with tonight.
What might Anne have done to stay on track?
- Anne could have gone for the wine, but swapped the chips for some of her favorite
- Instead of the sugar-filled yogurt, Anne could have mixed plain, whole milk yogurt
with frozen blueberries or strawberries.
- Instead of the rum drinks with fruit juice, she could have ordered a glass of red
wine and some cheese or a few nuts.
- We can’t blame her for the end of the summer ice-cream with her daughter, but take
a look at the sweet sugar-free options above. They’re all kid-friendly!