So you may remember, way back at the beginning of May, that I was starting a 31 day sugar fast. And then life got really busy, and I never did update you on how it went.
So how did it go, you ask?
Well, let’s put it this way: It was the worst thing I’ve ever done. And I feel so much better now.
You see, I am a sugar addict. There’s just no other way of putting it. I will crawl through broken glass to get to a bonbon. One of my favorite snacks in the world is brown sugar… yes, just plain brown sugar, eaten with a spoon. Another favorite is honey, straight from the jar.
I had a problem.
When I went gluten-free several years ago, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt, and I was convinced that nothing could match it. I felt the same way when I went soy free, and again when I gave up all legumes, and then nightshades.
There didn’t seem to be anything left to give up, until I stopped eating grains. Again, the transformation was amazing. When I gave up grains, I also cut out all refined sugar, and mostly relied on honey and some fruit for my sweet cravings.
That seemed to be working for a while, but I still had some issues, and there was a nagging sensation that I could still do more. And I was curling up with a spoon and a jar of honey more and more often. I also read several other bloggers’ adventures in sugar fasting. After a lot of thought, I decided to do it.
So for the entire month of May, I had no added sugar or sweeteners in my diet. No honey, no cane sugar, agave, molasses, or maple syrup. Over the course of the month, the only things I had that were sweet at all were sweet potatoes, an occasional banana, a couple of glasses of wine that had a little residual sugar, and a lot of coconut oil. I even gave up my homemade sports gel on long runs, opting instead to either run fasted, or to rely on bananas or sweet potatoes for my carbs.
For the record, I didn’t do this for weight loss, and I didn’t lose a single pound the entire month. My weight on May 31 was exactly the same as it had been on May 1. But I did lose between