My week without sugar challenge has finally come to an end. I made it all the way through with only 1 tiny slip-up in the form of a total 1/2 teaspoon of honey I ate with some amazing cheese at Matt’s at the Market Friday night, before remembering that I wasn’t supposed to be eating sugar. Woops! So I have to give myself an A- on the challenge 😉
For anyone thinking of engaging in something similar, here’s what I learned:
- I thought about sugar, and chocolate specifically, 40 times more than I do when sugar is not forbidden.
- I experienced low energy the afternoon of the second day of the challenge, which was not cool.
- I did not lose a single pound, probably because instead of satisfying my craving for a little piece of dark chocolate or a cookie, I compensated with allowed items like fruit (including dried apricots – DANGER, DANGER) and low-fat cheese.
My take-away. I seriously doubt I’m a sugar addict since I didn’t get the DTs or any other horrifying withdrawal symptoms. That said, forbidding any food – sugar, carbs, fat, whatever – just makes you want it more. You’re better off satisfying your craving in moderation because if you don’t you’ll eat twice as much trying to get rid of it with something else. The French way really is the best way: Eat good, wholesome food in moderation.