Items that replaced Beloved Sugar with mild-to-moderate success today and yesterday:
2. Pita Chips. Bags at a time.
* The fact that I have had a spine-to-skull headache for two days is really, really the reason (besides religion) why I am undertaking this fast. I can feel my addiction to sugar, the inability to withstand it, and it worries me. If you are a sporadic health-nut in America, like me, you no doubt have come across a health blog or magazine article in the last 3 years extolling the addictive and destructive qualities of white processed sugar (such an innocuous little monster...). Many experts now believe sugar is more hard to kick than cigarettes (it stays in your SPINE for two weeks before your cravings begins to wane!). As stewards of wonderful bodies, this fact should definitely disturb us. Yes, this is a mild soapbox issue with me, admittedly because it's something I'm trying to overcome. Sugar negatively affects our sleep patterns, attention span, ability to focus, and more obviously and most worrisomely (is that a word?), our metabolism and our ability to transition from different emotions or moods effectively.
I remember the last time I was off sugar. I NOTICED how less roller-coaster-y my emotions were. It was fantastic. Day 2- rough but going strong!
Sugar already appears in my diet in the guise of high-fructose corn syrup and the like, my goal is to just eliminate the obvious sweets that will give me a rush without a SHRED of nutritional value (and we all know that kind of sugar when we eat it. Candy, baked goods, sugar drinks, etc).
Besides Excedrin, today's Lindsey Life-Saver award goes to:
The apple. My body couldn't handle no sugar, so this is what I stuffed it with. Day 2 complete, stay tuned to hear what challenges lie ahead in Day 3 of the Sugar Sabbatical 2011, including a visit to the bakery with a new Birthday Cupcake potentially free for me to sample if I so desire. Dun-dun DUN!