I gave up sugar for September. it's my main goal. my other goal was to get more sleep.
my second day of no sugar was bad. I was detoxing like crazy, but I hung in there and I'm so glad I did. I've learned and discovered a lot!
1. when detoxing from processed/added/fake sugar real fruit-supplied sugar doesn't cut it. I spent two days eating tons of fruit and I still had a headache, fuzzy head, lack of energy, body aches...ugh, it was awful!
2. sugar cravings were gone by day 5. I always crave sugar in the late afternoon. my sugar consumption got so bad I started craving sugar in the morning. that's why I decided to go sugar free in September. anyway, once the detox phase was over I didn't even have cravings and the sight of it didn't have an effect on me.
3. I have way more energy
4. my desire to binge eat has lessened. it's not gone, but it's better. when I was eating sugar, once I started I just kept going and craving more.
5. lack of sleep increases my cravings. I stayed up too late last night then slept like crud. I've had a few fleeting sugar cravings. not strong, just enough to make me aware that an m&m would be nice. but I crushed it!
6. most of my cravings are out of habit, I have discovered. I'm eating better, but not wonderful. I'm still fighting the desire to not eat when bored and stressed. but binge eating hasn't been an issue when the emotional eating arises.
7. my cravings for soda are gone. I wanted one sunday, but I know it was out of habit. so I was able to conquer the craving.
I'm 10 days into my challenge and feel amazing! I'm already thinking about October and how I'm going to proceed. as of now, I think I'm going to abstain from sugar except pure, real sugar. like homemade cookies, or desserts. no Halloween candy!