It’s kind of a standing joke here that over the years I tend to celebrate with a trip to the bulk food section. In fact, historically, I would stick my head in the bulk food section, collecting sugary items for any reason I could come up with; to celebrate, to grieve, to anticipate something, to pass time… I loved the bulk food section, and I was a slave to sugar and its minions…. Jelly bellies, chocolate covered everything’s, life savers.
Here’s the thing: sugar provides us with a high, stimulating our pleasure centres in the brain, which certainly explains why we nose dive into the M&Ms when the going gets tough. But, we also know that sugar hijacks much of what we want too. We know that sugar can leave us feeling lethargic, it increases our risk for diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and then there is the weight gain part. Ultimately, sugar takes more than it gives. So, it became my intention to break up with sugar and find a new way to celebrate, grieve, anticipate, and pass the time.
After a week-long sugar bender that left me feeling depressed and discouraged, I had an intervention with myself. After a brief emotional melt down, I got real with myself and decided that I wanted to make some changes. I called people I knew who had left the sugar-lifestyle behind, and ultimately I decided on a high protein, low fat ketogenic program focusing on increasing my vegetable intake and eliminating sugars and anything refined. The results have been amazing! Seriously life changing. So, it took me about 3 days to get all the sugar out of my body…. Some head aches, certainly some grumpiness. Some people struggle with the detox part more than others, but for me, I just felt off and irritable. And then, it’s like the clouds parted and I found freedom. Freedom from the cravings. Freedom from the guilt. Freedom from the lethargy that followed the benders. Freedom from the bulk food section. I didn’t miss it, I didn’t crave it. It really is very much like that boyfriend you don’t think you can live without, and then…. Look at you living without him.
Here’s what I found on the other side of the sugar…. Better skin, thicker and shinier hair, deep, solid sleeps, no more joint pain, clearer thinking, way more energy, and 70lbs of weight lost in 5 months! I can bend and move and breath and smile like I haven’t in ages.
There is nothing that tastes as good as healthy feels. I encourage you to take a break from the sugar and see if you find freedom on the other side. You’re so worth it.