First, I loooove the book. And I've read it through two times! Here's my question. About five weeks ago, I cut out sugar for two weeks while on a cleanse and then while beginning the Kind "diet" (superhero style) I kept the sugar out for another two weeks. And then I had the peanut butter rice krispie treats and broke my sugar fast.
Since then, I've had maybe two or three spells of refined sugar and felt terrible! Headaches, crying, unbearable thirst, and not being able to stop with just a taste. It's such a terrible drug!!
Starting tonight, I'm going to go one month without sugar. And I'm looking forward to it. But to completely experience a sugar free body, does that mean so barley malt and brown rice syrup, too? And I eat fruit maybe once a day, sometimes I skip a day.
Alicia says that she stays away fro sugar too, but she uses barley malt, and brown rice syrup sparingly. Same with fruit. Keep them just for occaisional treats and desserts. Those sugars aren't as refined as regular sugar, so they won't leave you wanting more, or feeling bed the next day.
When you're considering going without sugar you also have to consider that there's a vast difference between refined sugars and those that are more raw (stevia, agave, etc). Here's a neat little article on it too:
Thanks. I'll read the article. I do notice that I have negative responses to agave lately. Maybe because it's not the raw type. (I bought the non-raw by mistake) I mean, agave does not upset my blood sugar, which is great. But I get that headache, moodyiness and sadness that follows eating it.
I've cut out sugar (again) for three days. And today I felt like I missed an old friend. I'm also holding back on fruit for a treat because I want that to taste like my "sugary treat" for now.
I go cold turkey! It's the only way. Many times I will nibble on cashews and almonds after a meal because they truely are sweet tasting. I limit my fruits and use dry fruit (raisins) and apple butter as my only sweet treat. Today I allowed raisins to be my dessert after my lunch...any boy were they sweeet.
For one day I have a physical withdrawl. Then it's the emotional. And that is the hardest. Today I was just a bit sad thinking how I missed a friend. Isn't that funny? I don't smoke, drink alcohol or coffee. But I know that when I cut out sugar I have the same emotions that others do who quite the "harder" stuff. That's how I know it is addictive. This is my second time cutting it out. I'm a happier and more balanced person when I do it. And I'm a certified pastry chef!!!!
My birthday is late August. I'm hoping to stay sugar free till then and then make a vegan treat for my birthday. I'm here to support anyone.
Monk, Thanks for that link. I just read the article, as well as found out how to replace sugar in recipes (1 cup sugar = 1 1/2 cup brown rice syrup, PLUS you have to reduce other liquid in the recipe by 1-2 tablespoons). Good to have a conversion... I'll definitely try it!!
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