Sunday, August 5, 2012
Climbing my own mountain
Day 1 and 2 of sugar free living were not too bad and I figured I had it in the bag - bit of a headache which coincided with a migraine that started the morning of Day 1 but nothing major.
Day 3 woke up feeling okay, quite happy with the absence of hunger pangs during the day which usually has me eating nasty little snacks to keep me going. Appetite has decreased majorly, this giving up sugar is a piece of cake.
Then Friday afternoon, the end of day 3 and oh boy. The headache from hell descended on me. Driving home from work and I felt decidely crap, nauseous, dizzy - yech. I planted myself on the lounge because I felt so bad and dozed on and off on the lounge for about 4 hours with a headache that no painkiller could touch. Not like a migraine either.
Day 4 and today day 5 and the headache has been there but not as bad, it's definitely improved somewhat. Coffee intake has halved from 6-8 cups down to 3-4 which is possibly half the reason for the headaches. Energy levels are pretty low but I'm starting to come out the other side of feeling so yech!
Not one smidge of sugar has passed these lips since Wednesday morning. I did almost give in Friday night but only to get rid of the horrid headache. Quitting the sugar has been fine, it honestly hasn't bothered me, it's being aware of what has sugar in it and dealing with the headaches which has been bothersome.
The dwindling appetite and healthier eating will certainly have it's benefits, in fact I'm quite amazed by how much my appetite has balanced out. Who would have thought.
For example, just in case you've never given sugar much thought. One of my favourite things to eat was lime cheesecake flavoured yoghurt - I mistakenly believed because it was yoghurt that it was healthy. For a small single serve I discovered it has 25.6grams of sugar per serving. Now if you consider the following fact:
Total sugars are shown in grams per serving, listed in the Nutrition Facts on the back of packets. 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon.
That means each 'healthy' tub of yoghurt I was having (at least one a day) was 6 teaspoons of sugar. That's a whole lot of sugar in something that I thought was healthy. I'm not a big sugar eater normally, in that I don't usually eat cake or lollies but even the 'innocent' things have sugar so is it any wonder that my body is a little bit stressed at the moment.
Well that's all my words for the moment, my next post should hopefully be sugar free, both my post content and my body because I'm totally over writing about how it's messing my body up and I'm sure you're over hearing about it..
Before I go, does anyone have any clues on de-toxing and how to help your body repair quicker? I'd love any tips that anyone has to share.
Posted by Fiona Biedermann