Friday, September 23, 2011

The No Sugar Update

Have you ever eaten a no sugar diet?

I have been no sugar for a week now!  Honestly! I turned down the cupcakes and cookies at work and the ice cream social at school.  I didn't even eat the remaining chocolate raspberry filled cupcakes in the refrigerator.  That is a HUGE step for me.   I never thought I could go a week without a sugary sweet treat.  This is what I have noticed....
  • When I get a sugar craving fruit doesn't help.  What does help is a Larabar type bar (dates, coconut, cocoa powder, etc.).  The dates are high in sugar but natural, not refined.  Still gives my blood sugar a surge but perhaps not the same way as white sugar.
  • Obviously, I'm still having sugar cravings, especially after meals.
  • I don't seem to have the emotional highs and lows that I had before.  I was pretty even this week.  I know this will take more than a week to see if it's really true.  I'm a stress situation eater, so this was a nice break.
  • It seems like my sense of taste is more distinct.  I wonder if this is related or that I'm just making some really good veggie dishes :)
  • Pasta still make me overeat.  When you cut out sugar, you cut out a lot of carbs.  Pasta doesn't have sugar so doesn't make your blood sugar go crazy, but it still makes my mind want "more, more, more".     
  • When I splurged and got a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar at the store today, it was the best thing in the entire world.  I could taste every part of it.  YUMMMMMM!  Ingredients:dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews, extra-virgin coconut oil.  I must try to recreate this one! 
  • I really want to bake some sugary fall treats (Cinnamon Sugar Apple Bread, Pumpkin Scones, Apple Cake.....) but may hold off another week and see what else my no sugar diet gives me.  I know I could try the honey or maple syrup sweetener route, but I really want to do as much sweetener free as possible.
Anyone ever do the no sugar deal? 

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  1. I've never eliminated sugar completely from my diet, but I don't have a big sweet tooth to begin with...though I'm sure I'd go through withdrawals if I cut sugar out altogether. ;)

    Fall Has Arrived!

  2. Yes, I've limited the sugar before and tried to stick with honey. It really did help my sugar levels feel better. The first week is the hardest!

  3. I have to make a comment about your statement about pasta. It may not have sugar, but since pasta is made up of simple carbohydrates that your body can digest rather quickly, it will cause your blood sugar levels to rise rapidly. This can account for your cravings. You can slow the blood sugar spike somewhat by eating some protein or fat with pasta. While whole wheat varieties are slightly better because they are made from whole grain flour, they should still be eaten in moderation due to the effect they have on blood glucose levels.

    Now to answer your question, I have tried a sugar free diet and have been contemplating doing it again. My cravings for sweets have been horrible lately!

  4. I have a terrible sweet tooth, and I've tried to cut back on sugar, but I definitely get the "sweets" and "chocolate" cravings. Date-nut rolls (like homemade Lara bars) definitely help though and are super easy to make. Here's one link to get you started: