Almost 2 months ago, my roomie/best friend decided to give up sugar for two months. Since we share groceries and cook together, and since I don't have a large sweet tooth, I decided to try his experiment, and do an almost no sugar for the same time. I wrote about this, and updated it. For maybe a week and a half out of this whole time, I've had sweetened soymilk, and I've had craisins in my sandwich every week day the whole time. Once I had sweetened hot chocolate, once I had a chocolate spritzer drink. Once I had a sweetened juice. I can't remember the other times during these two months that I've eaten sugar, but I can tell you, there weren't that many more. My friend has a huge sweet tooth and as he'll tell you here and on this update (NSFW) he had a lot of results. But I'm not so sure I did. I did not crave sugar. I didn't need less sleep. I didn't have more energy. After the first week or two, I had a GIANT appetite, but that quickly went back to normal too. Any toning I've done has probably been more of a result of all the exercise I've been doing, rather than the lack of sugar. So, is this a failure? No! I've learned how very much sugar is in random things. Since I'd already given up high fructose corn syrup a year before (for good), the foods I ate didn't have as much sugar as a lot of people's. Things like ketchup or whatever were already organic and sugar free. But there's still more sugar than needed in random things and places. After the experiment ends in a few days, I think I will keep up with being sugar conscious, checking sugar and eating the product without sugar if possible. Some things, such as soy milk and the cream of wheat my roomie makes on the weekends, I've discovered I don't miss the sugar in at all. So why add it back? But not eating sugar does create problems - it's super hard to eat out. I've probably consumed some sugar inadvertently the few times I have eaten out. I like eating at restaurants, so I'm not going to give that up. Also, it's hard to eat dessert. I don't have a giant sweet tooth, and I haven't really missed things, especially since we've managed to find a few sugar free desserts here and there, but especially things like my homemade dessert recipes, I couldn't give all that up! Desserts are back in once this is over. I won't discriminate against sugar free desserts, but sugar ones will always be my favorite. One other problem that I'm finding is that now that my body is used to no sugar, it's going to be hard to have it again. Tristan, my roomie, accidentally bought sugar lemonade. I tried it (he didn't) and although I LOVE lemonade, it tasted like sugar water to me! I brought it to work and everyone drank it in a couple hours, so obviously, it's my taste buds, not the lemonade, that's at fault. My taste for sugar may have been ruined..i hope not! The other last thing concerns my health. I've always been sugar sensitive. When I was younger, and poorer, I would often not eat enough real food. I quickly learned that putting anything sugary into my stomach (koolaid, ice cream) without a solid base of something to cushion it would literally make the world swim, me act totally silly, then pass out cold. My old best friend totally banned me from desserts, tearing frosty drinks from wendys out of my hands, because my weird, erratic behavior on sugar annoyed him so much. I learned to control this, but even now, eating something like candy or ice cream can often leave me with a hangover the next day. I am going to have to reintroduce sugar very slowly into my body, or I'll end up passing out in random places. So, the sugar experiment taught me that not everyone gets visibly or noticeably healthy from giving up sugar (or, I don't..everyone else seems to) but that I should be more mindful of what I eat. Now, who wants dessert?
Update: A couple of days after I wrote this, and later in the day after I posted it, I realized that I actually did lose about 3 pounds. Roomie says that it is probably from the non-sugar. I think it's more likely my more hectic exercise schedule lately with all of these new coupon classes. It could be both. But what good is weight loss, really, when it doesn't give me more energy?