A bit of background:
In july 2018 I hurt my ankle. Nobody knows what actually happened, but after a festival I came home with a hurting ankle. At first I thought it was just a sore ankle from walking around on grass/fields for a week, but the first day back at work had me in so much pain I had to call the doctor and go home early. Since then I have been in and out of hospitals and doctor appointments, and they still don’t know what is actually wrong with the damn thing.
But, going from 20k steps a day to around 4k steps wasn’t exactly good for my body. Sitting still every day, not working and being in pain wasn’t good for my diet either.
So, in January I took the step to cut out sugar for a whole month. Now, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and I knew I needed to decide exactly what sugar meant. After some looking around I decided that for me, it was all those empty calorie sugars I wanted to get rid of.
So, in January I cut out:
All added sugar
All soda (unless zero sugar)
All junkfood and ready to eat food
Generally food that I knew was filled with sugar
I started the day I returned from new year visits at my parents (January 5th).
And let me tell you, it was hard. It was so freaking hard I was ready to quit 20 times every single day. Those first ten days my body protested all the time. It needed sugar and junk food and was more than happy to tell me.
But, slowly it got better. And at the end of January I even managed to quit my beloved coke zero that I’ve been drinking for years and years. We’re now almost at the end of February, and I’m still keeping my sugar intake low. I’m not cutting out sugar completely, but try to keep it to a single tiny little sugary treat once a week or so. One week I enjoyed a bit of dark chocolate with blueberries (which was so good) and another week I baked a carrot cake with my kids.
Now for the important part, what happened?
Well, a lot happened. I feel better. I have more energy and actually sleep better at night. I don’t feel the need to eat constantly and that need to go look in the cupboards after dinner is almost gone. I also don’t crave fatty things as I did before. Also my craving for empty carbs have gone down a lot. White bread, pasta, white rice and so on was something I ate daily, and I don’t crave it anymore. I can happily eat a salad and feel full.
All in all since January 5th I’ve lost almost 4 kilos. Now keep in mind I haven’t gone totally healthy. I still eat gravy and cheese (all the cheese) and butter and bacon. I eat lots of nuts and dried fruits. And I still have freshly baked bread on Sunday. But even though my calorie intake is probably pretty high, I feel better and my system seems happier.
All in all this has been a really cool thing to go through, and I’m very set in not going back to the old ways. Feeling the difference between four months ago and now is so wild and it really shows how much I’ve “poisened” my body by stuffing it with all the wrong kind of things. So from now on my goal is to keep it to small treats instead of a daily dose.
Thank you for reading.
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