Earlier this year our lovely Lauren, Wellness Co-ordinator and front desk extraordinaire, quit sugar for 8 weeks. She made it look easy! I too, gave up lollies completely about 18 months ago (excluding chocolate though, I’m not a crazy person!) because my lolly addiction was a bit out of control and I needed to go cold turkey! Giving up lollies was easy, I could happily compensate with chocolate, dried fruit, sorbet and any other sugar packed goodies I could find.
However, after paying attention to my struggling body and for the sake of my health, I’ve decided I needed to give up the sugar completely.
Even though my diet was exceptional, I avoided processed foods, wheat, gluten and dairy and ate organically as much as I could, my meals were beautifully balanced with fresh protein, great choice carbs like salads and veggies and plenty of good quality fats, I would insist on following each meal with copious amounts of sugar and chocolate and my mid mornings were laden with horrendous amounts of caffeine. Gradually, I noticed that my skin was changing, my digestive system wasn’t working, I felt bloated and would regularly fall into metaphorical sugar-induced comas following a chocolate binge!
Three weeks ago, after waking up with red, itchy, puffy skin and feeling completely toxic, in direct correlation to the amount of sugar I ate the day before, I decided I needed to try and curb the habit!
We all know sugar is addictive, comparable to the addictive qualities of cocaine, so I needed to prepare myself for the withdrawals and cravings that would follow and make sure I was proactive with balancing my diet in order to curb these. This is what I’ve done in the last three weeks:
- Read I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson and Sweet Poison by David Gillespie (highly recommended)
- Avoided any form of processed sugar
- I’m still eating fruit, sparingly. I absolutely love fruit and knew that I wouldn’t be able to succeed if I cut fruit out initially
- I’m avoiding grains, especially wheat, gluten, rice etc as this essentially breaks down to sugar in my system
- Increased my good quality fat intake, especially avocado, coconut oil and oily fish
- Increased my vitamin b intake to assist with energy levels, cravings and stress
- Get adjusted – I know as soon as I begin to crave sugar I need to get my spine checked and, as I expected, my mid back, around T6, is subluxated (out of alignment) these nerves go to the pancreas which controls blood sugar levels! I have no hope in succeeding on my sugar free path if my brain can’t tell my body how to control the sugar cravings!
So far I have noticed:
- My energy levels have increased and are more stable, I’m not crashing mid afternoon
- My sugar cravings have certainly curbed
- My digestive system is functioning better
- My brain is less foggy!
- I’m less reliant on caffeine
Wish me luck and stay tuned!
Dr Andrea Huddleston
Chiropractor and former sugar addict!