So over the last few weeks I totally cut out refined sugar (and a fair amount of simple carbs) from my diet. Has anyone done this? It’s… crazy. It all started a little on accident, when my acupuncturist diplomatically suggested that it might help me drop the baby weight if I ate, “less muffins, and stuff like that.” WAHHHHHH, right? If my husband wants to make me fresh muffins every morning… OKAY, FINE. I’LL TRY IT.
So I came home, and was like “NBD, gonna not have refined sugar or bread tonight.” And very quickly my body went into full-on withdrawal mode. Within a few hours, I realized that I was clearly pretty dependent on (goddamn) sugar, in a way I wasn’t comfortable with. So I went cold turkey (aka, sitting on the couch angrily eating raisins trying to get my fix).
Cue FOUR AWFUL DAYS of headaches, shakes, sweats, dizziness, and generally being a generally awful human. But two weeks in, my energy is better (even though the baby still wakes me up one or two times a night, and the preschooler bounds into our bed at 5:20). And even though I pretend I don’t care, the baby weight is starting to come off.
But still. Some afternoons the cravings hit, and I sit around thinking about how my whole life would be better with an ice cream cone. They say sugar is more addictive than cocaine, and now I believe it.
Anyone else tried this? What are your best tips?
Open thread. Hit it!
PS: Happy Fourth to all of you celebrating! As for me, I’ll be celebrating the holiday and the day my favorite firework turns one.
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