Sugar Fast: Day -1

It seems silly to say that I’m going to start a fast tomorrow, but that’s the plan. Yesterday I came across this report of what happened after a month without sugar and something inside me clicked. I’ve known for a while about how addictive sugar is. To read that quitting it helped someone else feel better… well, that seemed like an indication that I could feel better, too.

Originally, I was going to start the fast a week from today. My rationale was that I didn’t want to have cupboards full of sweets to snack on and to have to rely on my willpower to not eat them. I’d rather just not have them around.

However, our cupboards are not full of sweets. I had, inadvertently, gone from snacking on sweets to snacking on nuts. (There is an open bag of almonds hidden away in the workshop as I speak.)

Still, I still have half a bar of dark chocolate that I’d feel bad throwing away, so the fast begins tomorrow. Besides, I’d rather not write about what I’m not eating without eating them.

The situation now

As I’ve already mentioned, I’ve been able to mostly move away from eating sweets, with dark chocolate as an exception. That’s not entirely true, as there are certain kinds of waffles that I really like and I snacked quite a bit on Easter candy leading up to Easter.

However, I think most of my sugar consumption is in the form of marmalade, cake, processed foods and alcohol. In fact, I like the idea of this fast as a chance to get away from processed foods, as much as anything else.

What I’m hoping for

Reading the article, I of course like the idea of increased energy levels. There’s enough going on in my life that I seldom finish a day feeling like I still have energy reserves left to spare. Even if I never have extra energy, I’d like to get through more of the day on the energy I have, rather than on willpower.

And, sure, I’d like for this to be another step towards my goal of getting my weight down to under 220lbs or so. But, if I just feel better, that’s progress on it’s own.

What I expect

I don’t expect it to be easy. My experience with not eating anything is that the focus has to be less on what I “cannot” eat, but instead on what I “eat now.” Walking through a grocery store and looking longingly at the chocolate chip cookies is no help. I tend to do better if I can look forward to my chickpea salad, instead.

And, in general, these experiments work for me… until I get tired. Once I get low on sleep, however, it seems as though my body thinks that food substitutes for sleep and begins to get cravings, even when I’m hungry.

Unfortunately, I seldom get eight hours of sleep, so… Let’s hope that I can start of focusing on sleep as an important tool towards making this work.