So basically, I’m about ready for this 8 week experiment to be OVER, done-zo, el-fin! Amazingly, this has far less to do with a desire to abandon ship and stuff my face with sugar again, and far more to do with the intense amount of anxiety I feel every weekend when I realize I have to update the world on the last week of my life. Really- there is so little time for these things in my life right now. However, I have committed, and I WILL push through, no matter that my posts keep coming later and later with each passing week…
So week 4 is pretty much exactly what it sounds like… Face the Demons… because by now, you can bet you’re probably sick of side-stepping every sweet thing that comes into your frame of reference. For me, week four was really just more of the same. I tried a couple great recipes, and for the large majority, stayed away from all fruit and all blatant fructose-containing “demons.”
Here’s is what I notice already half way through week 5:
-Clear skin. Thank you Lord. I have long since been sick of feeling like a hormonal teenager who is in constant, all out warfare against her face. I always thought we ought to be working more as a team… but not until now has my face really agreed with me. I am LOVING it.
-A more sensitive palate. I have found over the course of the last month that my palate has increasingly grown more sensitive to natural flavors. I tend to opt for oatmeal in the morning, because it’s easier and faster than whipping up an omelet (which I love to default to when I have a bit more time in the mornings). And when I first started this experiment, I was cooking it with a bit of almond butter and a tad bit of rice syrup for sweetness (which is a life-savor for the beginning steps of quitting sugar by the way… more on that in a bit). However, as of late, I have been completely forgoing the rice syrup all together and just eating it with the almond butter instead, and I find I am completely satisfied with it and actually really enjoy it that way. I would have never done this previously. There are a million different ways this has manifested itself throughout this past month, but you’ll just have to do the challenge yourself to find out!
-More satisfaction when I eat. The cravings are really starting to subside. I actually think this might just be a miracle, because while I was hopeful of this, I don’t know if I really believed it would happen. In fact, last night, I had an itch to bake for some reason, but obviously, my options here are limited. So I decided to make a batch of sugar free, gluten free, no-bake cookies. I altered the recipe pretty-significantly and used some unsweetened cocoa powder, and a bit of rice syrup once again to add a little sweetness. They turned out SO good. But for the first time, I didn’t have the urge to devour the whole batch. This is not like me people… I was impressed :)
-Bottom line- my tummy is far happier with me. Far, far happier.
In Sarah’s book, chapter 4, she outlines an expectation that by now, you’re either facing a lot of opposition from the outside world, or you’re starting to lose focus and/or momentum. I don’t think this has been as much the issue for me simply because I really don’t eat that much flat out junk food to begin with. Did sugar have a hold on me? Absolutely, yes. But the sugars I ate prior to this challenge tended to be the healthier forms of sugar (in most cases), which i think has made the transition a bit easier. I haven’t felt significant symptoms of withdrawal, though I do look forward to the day when I can take a bite out of a nice crisp apple again. Which really isn’t that far away now that I think about it. Really, the worst is over. And I’m very, very thankful for that!
Real quick- here is a nice go-to if you’re thinking about giving up sugar in the near future, or a needing some inspiration to stick with it!:
I haven’t used it excessively, but there are times when it really helps to curb the craving. It kind of tastes like caramel, but good news, NO FRUCTOSE! Seriously, pick it up at your health food store, use sparingly, and enjoy guilt-free sweetness :)