What I Learned After My 5 Days of No Added Sugar

The bad stuff

Long story short, I am addicted to sugar. So on a whim I decided to stop eating anything that contained added sugar, particularly refined sugars, for five days. I did it for me, to challenge myself, to prove to myself that I could do it, and to hopefully curb my cravings for the sweet stuff.

I have to say that overall, it was surprisingly easy. Maybe I am not so addicted to sugar afterall, maybe the problem is that I have such a hard time controlling what it is that I eat. Isn’t that the worst? It means that I have to own up to the fact that the only person standing in my way to a better diet, is me. Well crap.

In the end, I lost 5 lbs. It’s funny how just added sugar consumption can do just that. That felt small in comparison to how I felt. For the first time in a long time I felt clearer, happier, and had more energy throughout the day. I also found that my 3pm crash disappeared.

Though I have no intention to totally kick sugar out of my diet, I do intend to keep to being far more mindful of it. I wouldn’t even mind cutting it out of my diet for longer, maybe ten days next time. It felt like a challenge that served me well, and helped me out.

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