After months of feeling unfocused and frustrated, my naturopath suggested that eliminating sugar from my diet for 30 days might help. Always one to try a natural remedy first I figured, what the heck ~ let’s give it a shot. After all how hard can it be?
I am 2 weeks into my no sugar diet, which by the way also includes no alcohol since that is basically sugar. Not that I am a huge boozer, but a glass of wine every now and then really does taste good. All I can tell you is that going cold turkey on sugar is not for the faint of heart. Last week I was crankier than I have ever been for 2 days straight. It took everything I had not to unload on people and tell them what I really think.
Last week was a particularly challenging week too with lots going on and some tough negotiations. I remember driving around during the middle of the day thinking, wow ~ some chocolate would really be good right about now. Later that same afternoon I thought the heck with the chocolate, I want a glass of wine. By the end of the day I need both the chocolate AND the wine! I’m proud to say that my will power held and I didn’t have either, but it was really eye opening to see just how much my sugar cravings are tied to my stress levels and how cranky I can get when my coping mechanism is removed.
Once the light bulb went off and I realized that my crankiness was more due to sugar withdrawals than the situation I was able to start laughing again and put it back into perspective.
The funny thing is that you would think that now that I have realized the effect that sugar has on my that I would want to swear off of it forever. Not a chance. I am greatly anticipating the day that I can enjoy a great glass of red wine and a rich piece of chocolate cake. 🙂 In the meantime, thank you for cutting me some slack and know that my crankiness is not directed at you, but at the giant chocolate bar calling my name.