It’s been about six months since I decided to stop eating sugar. What made me do that?
My body seemed to be telling me it didn’t like sugar. A cookie would leave a sour-metallic aftertaste. A divine dessert at a restaurant or at a friend’s home would bring an overwhelming fatigue that made it difficult to keep my eyes open (and continuous yawning wasn’t fun either). I thought, Why not avoid sugar and see what happens?
I am very grateful that I am not naturally drawn to sweets. I enjoy making and eating savory dishes. So this new eating plan has been only a slight shift, not the big transition it might be for a sugar lover.
I found that although sugar is viewed as a special treat, it is enjoyed often because it comes in a lot of different guises and is in so many of the foods we buy (I’ve been reading a lot of food nutrition labels). I also had not considered that sugar is the way we celebrate and acknowledge special occasions (I don’t see a bowl of fruit replacing birthday cake anytime soon).
I sometimes feel a twinge when others are enjoying their sweets, but I remind myself that I would not be happy with how my body reacts and why I started this challenge in the first place. So the bottom line is that not eating sugar is working for me.
But not eating cheese … now that would be a whole other thing …