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LIFE WITHOUT SUGAR: 4 MONTHS IN

The end of November is almost here and that means I have achieved something I wasn’t sure I ever would: I’ve lived without sugar for almost four months! I posted about three months ago to report back on how my first month went; in summary, it was a success and I’ve kept up a sugar-free eating regime ever since. My plan was originally to report back after three months but since we’ve been without internet following our move (and we’re unexpectedly still without internet thanks to ongoing technical issues…) it wasn’t really possible at the time.

Now that I’m four months in, my eating habits have settled down a lot and I have established a number of standard meals and snacks after a bit of experimentation. As I reported last time, I’m still eating less than I used to, thanks to my insatiable hunger finally being under control now that my body’s hunger/satiation mechanisms are no longer being messed with by unhealthy amounts of fructose. I am loving not always feeling ravenous, something that has literally brought me to tears in the past after too many days feeling weak with hunger and too many nights spent at the kitchen bench, stuffing my face with anything I could get my hands on just so the hunger pains would stop and I could go back to sleep again. Hurrah!

Here’s what a typical day of eating has been looking like for me lately now that I have found my sugar-free groove…

Breakfast: Rolled oats cooked in water with half a pear or banana, 1 tbsp tahini and a sprinkle of coconut flakes, hemp seeds and flaxseed oil.

Snack: No-added-sugar banana bread; walnuts and cashews.

Lunch: Big salad with spinach, grated carrot, capsicum, roasted pumpkin or sweet potato, tuna, olives, goat’s cheese, pine nuts and homemade olive oil dressing.

Snack: Rice crackers with hummus and/or pesto.

Dinner: Chicken, brown rice, steamed broccoli and cauliflower.

Dessert: 1 square 90% dark chocolate (some habits die hard…); peppermint tea.

Now for some exciting news…

My acne has dramatically decreased in severity! While it’s not completely gone and I still have an uneven skin tone, with quite a lot of blackheads and some pimples on my jawline, chin and neck, the overall appearance of my skin has significantly improved. It has been a while now since I’ve had any of the horrible, deep pimples I used to get, and instead I have been getting much smaller, superficial ones. This is the first time since my problem with acne started that I have actually found some relief and I am convinced it is not a coincidence that I recently stopped eating sugar. Now I wonder, what will my skin look like after 6 months or 12 months without sugar? I am very excited to find out and the prospect that my skin may improve even more gives me the motivation to keep going.

On the other hand…

One downside I have noticed over these last four months is that not eating sugar feels pretty anti-social at times. Before beginning the experiment, I had also stopped eating wheat and dairy, so trying to explain that I need a wheat- and dairy-free meal, only drinking water then declining dessert can be a little awkward to say the least. I haven’t found people overly judgemental, but it certainly does make me come across as very fussy! This social discomfort, however, is well and truly made up for by the improvement in my skin, hunger levels and overall feeling of wellbeing.

So what will the coming months bring in my sugar-free quest? Hopefully more good things; I am not really sure, but I will let you know! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “LIFE WITHOUT SUGAR: 4 MONTHS IN

  1. Congrats on four months sugar free! I’m so happy that you’ve noticed some positive changes. Not being hungry every hour was my favourite outcome of doing a similar diet. It’s literally so refreshing to not feel starving all the time.

    As for the social component- I get that! I struggle to speak up about what I will and will not eat, but it’s getting easier with restaurants normally having at least one thing on the menu I can eat safely. I also happen to be in a friend and work group with people who have similar food intolerances. So we’re all used to each other being weirdos. 😂

    Sidenote: your meal plan looks so tasty!! Keep up the great work! 💪

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    1. Thank you for your support Britt! It really means a lot 🙂

      Isn’t not being hungry every hour the best thing ever?! For me, it was getting to the point that I was starting to feel genuinely anxious about being out and getting severe hunger pains, and that really freaked me out because I felt like there was something seriously wrong with me. Finally understanding what fructose was doing to my appetite has made me feel so relieved. I still make sure I have snacks with me for between meals, but I’m now relying on them a lot less to get through the day.

      I’m VERY envious that you work and hang out with people who eat similarly to you. At my work, no one eats like me (or lives like me or thinks like me…). It seems that most people around me won’t eat anything unless it’s heavily processed (and the more packaging to landfill the better, of course!), whereas I’m the complete opposite. One day I really hope to be working and spending time with people I can actually relate to. Not sure yet how I will make that happen but it’s a goal anyway! 😀

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      1. It feels sooo weird to be hungry all the time. I have friends who, when they went vegetarian (after I had stopped), and they all said ‘oh ya, I just eat all day’. Who the heck has the time for that? That’s also not how our bodies are supposed to operate (being hungry all the time I mean). You’ve certainly proven there is a more sustainable, healthy way of going vegetarian!

        As for friends and coworkers – we eat the same, but we definitly don’t think the same or live the same. But one out of three isn’t bad. And I’m at least glad it’s the one that affects me the most on a day to day basis.

        I tend to avoid all topics of tiny houses and minimalism when out in public. It’s just easier to avoid the weird looks!

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