Thoughts from a sugar fast
- Coffee without sugar isn’t nearly as enjoyable. I went from averaging two and a half cups a morning to one cup.
- I found I didn’t snack at night. Any snack I wanted after dinner was sugary. After about a week of wandering around the kitchen in the evening trying to find a snack, I stopped doing that. The last couple of weeks, I didn’t even think about snacking after dinner.
- I realized I didn’t want to eat as often as I did when I was eating sugar — especially sugar in the morning. I wasn’t making trips from my office down to the kitchen as frequently or thinking about eating as often. (I almost wrote “thinking about food as often” but considering the nature of my job, I’m almost always thinking about food.)
- I ate a lot more fruit than I normally would have eaten. When my thoughts did turn to eating something sweet, it was just about the only choice I had.
- I have a slight case of rosacea on my cheeks that seems to be getting less slight with each passing year. At the end of the three weeks, I noticed that it wasn’t as bright on my cheeks, something I hadn’t expected. I don’t know if it was the lack of sugar or not. I suspect it could also have to do with being out in the sun more and having more of a tan on my face.
- I am back up to my two and a half cups of coffee each morning with sugar. That immediately reverted back to pre-fast behavior.
- I find myself thinking more before I put sugary treats in my mouth. I’ll eat ice cream, but just one scoop. I haven’t bought a single candy bar. I do need to be more careful with the homemade baked goods (example: the plum clafoutis I made two weeks ago that was breakfast for several mornings straight).
- I’ve started snacking after dinner again, but not every night.
- I’m thinking about doing it again — maybe this time for 40 days to see if I have the same reactions.
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