Alec Baldwin convinced me to do it. Not exactly a resolution, it’s more of a personal challenge. I decided to go sugar-free for the next 30 days. Well, actually the next 21 days, because I’m already 9 days into this (yay, tiny high-five). No processed sugars, white sugar, additives, honey, agave, etc. I’ve read about people omitting sugar and it always freaked me out. Give up sugar? I don’t think so. And then I saw Alec Baldwin on Piers Morgan. He gave up sugar completely and I’m sitting here thinking, good grief, if Alec Baldwin can do it, surely I can give it a whirl.
So, after getting my sugar fix the last two weeks of December and then systematically foisting all cookies, chocolate and candy onto house guests, I started New Year’s Day. It’s going pretty well, except for the time when my husband opened a bag of caramel corn last week– that was a moment of pure strength. Beyond that, I haven’t seen a drop in energy, experienced headaches, moodiness or anything.
To combat sugar cravings, I’ve been juicing and for the most part, that’s working. You might remember that I borrowed my friend’s juicer back in October (Getting Your Greens) and I’ve been juicing ever since (and bought my own). By doing fruit/veggie combos, I get a hit of natural sweetness, and it keeps me out of cupboards looking for more snacks. As a comparison, my Apple-Carrot juice equals about 18g fruit sugars vs. a whopping 47g sugar in a Starbucks Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Have you ever gone off sugar? Tell me about it and what you felt like. Did you add it back into your diet later? How’d that go? I’d love to hear your experiences.
I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. Wish me luck!