Tuesday, November 13, 2012
no-sugar wrap up
My no-sugar experiment is winding down, so I thought I'd post some thoughts on it (which maybe helpful for me to look back on in the future). Do you mind if I simply write in bullet points tonight? I'm tired.
:: first of all, my weight. I was thrilled to step on the scale this morning at 136.7. My starting weight was 142, so I'm down 5 pounds, just as I had hoped. The weight thing was the huge motivator in all of this, so I'm happy to report that giving up sugar did help me drop some weight without having to be too terribly "diety" in other regards.
:: I found that I am very emotionally attached to food as a comfort and de-stressor. For a lot of the experiment I found that I wasn't "craving" sweets per se--rather, I just felt kind of "flat." I missed the comfort of sugar and desserts! I wish I could think of another comfort. I wish I liked walking or exercise or something.
:: I was so happy to find that my palatte adjusted super quickly to really enjoy less sweet things that suddenly tasted super delicious to me like bananas, natural peanut butter, dried fruits (dates were a big lifesaver), fruit smoothies, and later I allowed myself some minimally sweet goodies like the whole wheat raisin scones and a biscotti. I love the feeling of not eating sweets and then getting a treat like the scone or biscotti and it tastes amazingly good and satisfying, and without the guilt or feeling "gross" like eating a decadent dessert can make you feel.
:: I did eat a couple of real desserts twice--once on Rainer's birthday and once at a nurses' meeting where one of the nurses brought a delicious homemade apple crisp. The "regular" sweets almost tasted too sweet for me.
I'd love to keep eating this way with avoiding most desserts and just having minimally sweet treats occasionally. It's just a matter of having the self discipline to keep it going (I'm not that great at self-discipline). Of course, a really sweet treat is in order for special holidays and birthdays. I'll always want to participate in dessert on those occasions.
I'd say I have a natural sweet tooth so this will always be a work in progress for me. I'd love to hear your insights!
PS--the photos above are from our local bakery last weekend.