I’m doing a sugar detox, this is Day 4. It only just occurred to me to write it up
I’ve been reading David Gillespie’s Sweet Poison. I had a lazy Saturday afternoon and really just felt like putting my feet up and reading, and didn’t have much to read that was lazy-Saturday-suitable. So it seemed like a good time to read the book a girlfriend loaned me some months ago saying “you must read it!” Yeh yeh, I’ve got like eight books on sugar and the negative effects it has on our bodies and emotions. I’ve been a food label nazi for years, though of course there are times when what I really want is chocolate in some form or another. So my thinking was, “The man’s a lawyer not a nutritionist or anything else related, what is he banging on about?” (How arrogant of me, seriously! tch!)
So, feet up, glass of ginger ale beside me, I started to read, and I was more than surprised to find myself very impressed with the depth of David’s research and his plain-English translations of very complex biochemistry. Spurred on by his wife’s pregnancy with twins, he decided that once and for all he’d better lose his excess weight so he could keep up with two more babies in his family of six!
Like most of us he’d tried and failed at many many diets for many many years, and he wanted to know why. So he put his lawyer’s brain to the task of finding evidence for diets actually doing what they said they’d do. He gave himself an education in biochemistry along the way so he could do those translations I mentioned earlier, and what he found was truly scary!
As I said, I know a lot of the sugar research and what David presents in Sweet Poison is new, fresh, and well worth reading! This book gets 5 stars from me!
Getting off Sugar, Again…
It also got me reinspired to get off the sugar, again. I’ve noticed my productivity has really been slowing down lately, and foghead seemed more usual than not, again. I’ve previously worked hard to get off the sugar, and of course the calories had been a motivation for all those years I was dieting like a depressed demon (angry and sluggish, in case you’re wondering )
I’ve done the no-sugar route before, and with a few tweaks and references to some other sources, I’ll be following it through for 30 days until Christmas. I don’t drink tea or coffee (though I’m a fan of the pre-mixed chai lattes, sigh!) and ginger ale is my weekend softdrink. I know that the Stop Cravings tapping I’ve done periodically has been a big help in mostly keeping me off sugar.
So how am I going?
Well… I’ve been a bit tired, wanting to head to bed by 8.30 the last couple of nights.
I’ve had no detox symptoms, because my diet is pretty clean and I’m not opting out of wheat because I only have it maybe once a day if at all, or out of dairy because I mostly only eat yoghurt and occasionally some cheese. So it’s not a full-on detox in that sense.
I’m still noticing some cloudy head, and I’m still noticing a little after-lunch sugar craving – that’s habitual, clearly.
I remember some very intense detox symptoms from past detoxes: full on joint-and-head achers that lasted for a couple of days. I didn’t really expect them this time around, though today might be the day
I’ve dropped the honey out of my breakfast Bircher muesli, which is usually pretty sweet with strawberries or banana and apple. Yes, I’m still eating fruit, two pieces per day, this is a sucrose and other hidden sugars detox.
So, that’s the story, I’ll update regularly for the next 30 days.
Oh, there’s been a big bar of Cadbury’s peppermint cream choccie in the fridge since Saturday, I had a row of it on Saturday night while watching Spooks, and haven’t had any since. That’s an achievement in itself, usually fridge chocolate has a really loud voice
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