Well my friends it hasn't been easy and full disclosure I did fall of the wagon once but my month without sugar has been a real eye opener for me. The first week was definitely the hardest. By day three, my mind and body were in readjustment mode and I felt all out of sorts. I remember I had my usual coffee that morning and it ricocheted through my body like a bullet. I think quitting the sugar evened out my highs and lows so that I was on a much more balanced path. The jolt of coffee each morning was in effect too harsh and just didn't jive with my new, more mellow self. I found a nice cup of Earl Grey Tea with milk to be much more civilized.
I also became much more aware of all the places sugar lurks. One night we were about to sit down to a nice dinner of chickpea stew with rice when I reached for the mango chutney. My husband swiftly pulled it out of my hands and said, "none of that for you!" Of course, he was right. Ketchup and jam obviously were other ones.
In all honesty, I would hate to say goodbye to the sweet pleasures of toasted baguette with jam or the occasional square of dark chocolate.
However, I learned this month that I could easily do with what I call unnecessary sugar in so many places. Do I need it in my tea? No. Do I need to eat granola bars? No. Store bought cookies? No. Do I need to eat muffin or scone every morning for breakfast? No.
Once the month is over, I will bring a little sugar back into my diet but I hope in a much more enlightened way. In essence, it has become a treat again, something to savour - not take for granted, which I am very happy for.
And I must say focusing on one simple resolution for the month has been very easy. It was at the fore front of my mind every day. I don't think a moment went by when I didn't think about it. I'm hoping that February's goal will prove the same. I'll have more on that in the coming days.
Did any of you go without sugar (or anything else this month)? How did it go?Image credit: Sibella Court