I've been told I eat a lot of sugar. By roommates, boyfriends, friends. And I was pretty defensive at first: "I mean I onlyyyyy eat chocolate when I'm PMSing." Or, "So what if I eat a pint of ice cream at night, I exercise for a living!" (not every night, but ya know...) And then I'd constantly be complaining about having weird stomach aches. My skin was so inconsistent and would break out "randomly." My energy was low. I have serious cravings for chocolate, often. And just weird ailments that doctors or I could never figure out. In my opinion, when a physician doesn't know whats wrong with you, its probably related to diet.
Now don't get me wrong. I don't just eat junk food. I actually eat really well, despite the amount of sugar I consume. I have oatmeal in the morning; However, I dump spoonfuls of brown sugar in it. I drink green tea, but I put 3 Tablespoons of honey in every cup. I snack on granola bars, protein bars, all packed with sugar. I eat a lot of fruit -- sugar. I crave something sweet after dinner: a few cookies, ice cream, maybe a spoonful of Nutella... (Whatever its made with nuts!) Anyway, even writing this now its hard not to get defensive about my sugar eating habits.
What first made me even consider cutting sugar out of my diet was when a friend told me she was trying the Whole30 diet. You basically cut out all sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes, for 30 days. I literally stopped listening to the list of foods she was saying because I was stuck on SUGAR: "You're not eating ALLLLL sugar for 30 days? WHAT?" And then I started doing my research. Sugar causes diseases. Sugar gives you low energy. Sugar is bad for your skin. Sugar is in almost every food, and you aren't even aware that you're eating it. I don't like being fooled, so this started to piss me off.
So I'm cutting out all sugar from my diet. Except for fruit. Because I need fiber, and I'm not trying to torture myself, I'm just trying to be aware of how much sugar I consume. After a few days of not eating any sugar I watched the documentary Fed Up. If you haven't watched it, I strongly encourage you to. Watch it here for free! It talks about the rising obesity problem in children and how food corporations are strategically putting sugar in everything! People are only getting sicker, fatter, unhealthier at younger ages. It was a perfect time to cut out sugar, for me. Enough is enough. I could only imagine how much better I would feel if I cut it out of my diet.
I plan to share some no-sugar recipes and a few updates on how I'm feeling through the next 30 days. Also, there seems to be A LOT of interest from friends and family regarding this decision of mine, and many people are joining me in this 30 day challenge! (Thank you!) So I hope to share lots of recipes from other people who are also cutting sugar out from their diet. We're all in this together, so lets go!
Sidenote: If you're interested in the Whole30 diet, read my friend Amy's blog as she documented her 30 day challenge. http://wholespiely.tumblr.com/