2 weeks without sugar and we're feeling just fine.
Here is my Daily Success Log Entry for July 31st. Note: Food portions are approximations. Veggies are local. Meat is local, 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised. Poultry & Eggs are local & pasture-raised:
- Sleep Time & Quality: 8.5 hours.
- Exercise: 11,875 Steps (4.8 Miles) and 13 Hours of Good Posture. Morning Walk w/ Tim & Boys. Afternoon Walk w/ Tim
- Mood & Energy: Excellent
- Breakfast: Frittata w/ Eggs, Ground Beef & Sauteed Greens, 1/4-C Almond Flour, 1/2-tsp Baking Soda, 1-tsp Cream of Tartar.
- Lunch: Chicken Salad w/ Celery, Toasted Walnuts, Carrot Sticks, Granny Smith Apples. Homemade Avocado Oil Mayo.
- Dinner: Ribe-eye Steak, Green Beans, Zuke Fries (Coconut Flour, Almond Flour, Ground Pepitas, Garam Masala)
- Snacks: 1/4-C Roasted Pistachios
- Notes: Skin Rash is gone. Energy is great! 💪🏽 Ready for the homestretch 🐎
Our Love Affair With Sugar
As I posted in my Recap of Day 2 -- sugar is EVERYWHERE! Lurking where you least expect it: Ketchup, pasta sauces, salad dressings, sausages . . . . . The list is of foods with added AND hidden sugars is endless. So you don't even have to bite into a sweet treat for your body to get a jolt.
But it wasn't always this way. Long ago fruits and honey were the only sweets our ancestors ate. These are whole foods that are nutrient dense (remember this term from my Recap of Day #4) with naturally occurring sugars. But were only available seasonally or in areas with year-round warmth.
Naturally occurring sweet foods didn't lead to sugar cravings. And added sugars simply didn't exist way back when. So far fewer calories in the diets of our ancestors were derived from sugar. But somehow - here we are. Over time sugary treats and the use of added sugar became hard-wired into our culture and food identity.
Oh those deliciously, scrumptious treats associated with everything fun and fabulous and right in the world! Sweets are always available at parties, special events, and any other celebratory occasion.
And there’s really no need for special occasions because our daily life is filled with sugary sweet goodness. Which is hardly surprising. I mean, think back to when we were young. Remember being “rewarded” with these delights when we did something good?
I bet your fondest, happiest memories involve some sweet notes. My mother passed away a couple decades ago. But every birthday since then I have longed for the cakes she made when we were babes. Simple yellow sheet cakes. Made from scratch and intricately decorated with a layer of her butter icing, handmade flowers, and other confections of happiness dotting the landscape of her homespun love. I have enjoyed sinfully decadent treats over the years, but nothing comes close to replicating these treasured memories and my emotional ties to these sweet thoughts!
Excessive amounts of sugar is bad for us though. There can be no debate about this. We all know it right? But with positive programming, emotional ties, and the pervasive presence of sugar -- breaking up with sugar is hard to do. It's like walking out on your most intimate friend!
So I get all of this. And don't think that after this detox I'll be swearing off sugar forever and never again. I am not a robot. I believe that there is a healthy space for sugar in my life.
This is the last week of our detox. And as Tim & I wind down from it. We've had a number of conversations about how we are going to reintegrate sugar and find the right balance. We're still working a plan, which I will share with you when we figure it out.
But in the meantime, I'll spend most of this last week drilling down to explore that crucial question: "Why We Crave Sugar." Because if we can understand the why's. Then perhaps we can find realistic ways to navigate around this major obstacle as we continue on our journey towards lifelong health.
Kick Sugar To The Curb!
If you decide to take this challenge, please let me know. I have received so much support and positive energy from you all. That I would like to return the favor :-)