This day last week I gave up all sugar except for small amounts of raw honey and maple syrup. I’ve struggled with cravings, had my eczema flare up, felt hungry, dealt with a baby who also had her eczema flare up and also must have been feeling some detox/craving stuff going on as well. (she was super fussy for about 4 days, had horrible diapers, and wanted to nurse like crazy, and not take her naps)
But you know what?
I feel good! My physical cravings have diminished and aren’t an issue unless I let myself get to hungry. After the last two days, I’ve even noticed a marked improvement in my eczema. Best of all, I stepped on the scale this morning and I’m down two whole pounds!!
Now for confession time.
I seriously did very well this last week. I’ve tried to limit myself to only one honey/syrup sweetened food per day as well as limiting my grain intake. So, say if I had oatmeal sweetened with syrup in the morning, I’d try and go without sweets and grains for the rest of the day. I’ve also made sure that each time I do have a grain, a piece of fruit, or honey/syrup, I also make sure I include a bit of fat and protein in that same meal to help balance my blood sugar, and to keep it from spiking so rapidly. I’ve also been measuring the honey/syrup I’ve been using and have been amazed at how much I had been letting myself pour on!
I even stayed away from the sweets that were brought to our local Weston A Price chapter meeting this past Tuesday. Even though I knew what was in them (recipes were provided) and most were sweetened with a honey/rapadura mixture. They even had these little gluten free chocolate muffins. And I stayed away!
But…..last night I stopped at the library on my way home from Katie’s (Kitchen Stewardship) house.
*as a side note, I was picking up a few books on sourdough baking as well as Native Foods of the Americas*
So as I’m waiting for the librarian to go in the back and get the books I’d requested, I just stood there looking around.
And like I always do, I reached over into their candy bowl and grabbed a now and later.
Chewy candies are my hugest downfall.
As I walked out, I popped it right into my mouth without thinking. Hopped in the van and though to myself, “Mmmm, these watermelons ones are the best! Haven’t had these in years. Wait….haven’t had these in…Oh….Oh, no…..I’m not supposed to be eating candy!!!! Argh!”
And I spit it out.
Oh, yes I did.
So while I now have the willpower to stay away from sweets, I now have to retrain myself and make these automatic actions something I think about before I do them!
And I now want to know, how are you doing? What’s been the hardest thing to change?
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