Tuesday, June 1, 2010

We all know there can be too much of a good thing. ( This lesson I leaned in 6th grade with an unfortunate Sour Cream and Onion Chips incident.)
This
can become this...
And this...
Can turn into this...
Or this...
Can turn into this...
(I joke, I joke, nothing too wrong with this. Well....)
And this...
Can turn into this...

I happened to learn all about this two years ago. I read somewhere about the "dangers" of sugar and decided to do a detox and completely stop sugar in my diet. And aside from the first week of headaches and grumpiness it was AMAZING. I felt so so good. I slept better and had more energy. My skin looked better and I lost weight almost effortlessly. It was a cool discovery. And surprisingly it was something I was able to maintain for more than just  a few weeks. I eventually worked sugar back into my diet but with moderation.
However, after last fall's invitro attempt and this year's "events" I have found myself creeping back into my old ways. Too much sugar.
And I don't like the way I feel. Now being familiar with the way my body feels when its filled with good things I hate the sluggish and lethargic state its in after regular sugar consumption.
So...I have decided to tackle this one - once again. This year and all the changes in my life have given me a good opportunity for "tune ups." I decided that I wanted to use this time to reflect upon my "stuff." To examine and strengthen my Achilles Heel...or Heels.You know, being our best selves...the Best Andrea Possible. I've been trying to work on something new every month...
So...this month I am doing a sugar detox. My friend Lynsey is joining me and we will be keeping each other accountable. Goodness knows I will need some accountability. My first day at ASU is today...so I know that stress will push me to the cookie jar. I'll post and let you know how its going along the way.

7 comments:

Shells said...

Wow, you're such a good example! I need to do this, too!

lizS said...

i just do not have the willpower to do this. but i'm not a big sugar fiend either. i'm a salt type of gal. :)

janine said...

So, I have a question because I have been debating doing this for a long time. Do you cut out ALL sugar or just cookies & treats & candy types. As in...do you still do fruit and fruit juice? Multigrain cheerios that are slightly sweet? How strict do you have to be to get the benefit?

Andrea said...

Well, this is how I do it. I go VERY strict in the beginning. I do eat fruit...but no banannas or fruits with a lot of sugar. I don't drink juice or "sugary" cereals. NO granola bars or yogurt. Basically, if it has more than 5g of sugar than I stay away. But thats just in the beginning...after a few weeks...or in this case a month...then I slowly work that stuff back in. I will eat fruit and juice and cereal (as long as its not fruity pebbles :) and just moderate high sugar things like desserts and candy and soda. The thing is...after a month you body doesn't crave those things much anymore.

campblondie said...

Good for you! I've been doing this a bit with my kids for the last month or so and have stumbled upon some good recipes if your interested!
Yeah! Go ANDREA!

Elise said...

wow, I wish I had your will power!

Ryan and Triana said...

Go Andrea! Good Luck at ASU! Let me know how you keep up on your no sugar! That's awesome! I need to find the will in me to do it but I know I can! Happy Birthday to Ethan on Tuesday!!! Love ya!
Triana