For a while now I have been told to get off refined sugar in order to help with my headaches. I didn't think I could do it to be honest with you. I mean, really why do it when I can just take medicine? That was my old way of thinking. I guess I have had one too many headaches now that it is worth a try now.
So I have officially completed my first week of lowering my refined sugar intake. I wanted to share some things that I have noticed just in this first week. So here goes:
1. The first few days were the hardest. Like I wanted to bite someones head off for no reason. I wanted to yell to the world to give me some freaking sugar! Not fun, but I prevailed.
2. I have noticed that I stay full in between meals. And not just staying full, but not thinking about food constantly. This is huge. Normally I am always thinking about food. Thinking about snacks, what to have for my next meal, what to have as a snack after said meal. So yeah, I'd say this is probably the biggest change in week one.
3. Refined sugar is in SO MANY THINGS! Seriously. Who would have thought that a can of re-fried beans had sugar in it? Well it does! Ugh. Oh and bacon. Bacon has sugar, they use it to cure it. This is why cooking and making things at home is probably best for this diet.
4. I have become more creative with my food. For example: I couldn't figure out what to eat for lunch one day. So I finally decided to warm up some meat from the night before and make a salad. The only problem is that I didn't have any salad dressing that didn't have refined sugar in it. Ugh. So I searched my fridge. I decided to put unsweetened apple sauce on it. Y'all, this turned out to be pretty yummy! I was surprised! It was good.
As I start week two, I'm not feeling as cranky. Which is good. I'm also not feeling the "give me some freaking sugar" feeling as much. Again, good. It might be a month or so before my body really reaps the benefits of going off refined sugar, but I like that I am seeing small steps even now. I can tell you that if I was doing this for weight loss, I probably wouldn't have stayed with it past day one! But because I am doing this to stop my headaches, it suddenly becomes worth it. I'm hoping that weight loss is a benefit too though. :)