Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My Breakup with Sugar: I Triple Dog Dare You

The goal of this blog is to tell the Bare Naked Truth. Whether it’s pretty or not. And today it’s not pretty: I’m breaking up with sugar.

For good.

Source: Microsoft clip art

(Or… for six months. Which is pretty much the same thing, right?)

Some of you are laughing right now. (Like my sister. Stop. I really can do this.)

Consider yourself the Sugar Mafia. You can now harass me via comments and threats of physical harm. (As long as you don’t follow through.)

SO… Why this BRUTAL BREAKUP with one of my favorite things?

I want more than anything to get healthy.

Here is what my white cells are supposed to look like:

Source: Wikipedia

And here is what they currently look like (for the past three months—extremely elevated):

Source: Wikipedia

Symptoms of this eosinophil elevation include fatigue and joint pain. I don’t know that cutting sugar will solve the cell issue, but I’m trusting it will alleviate if not eliminate my symptoms.





I dare you. Join me in this sugar-bust. You don’t have to do six months. Pick a number… one month… two weeks… anything over three days counts.

Tell me in the comments what you want to do. I dare you!

The Rules:

  • No desserts. Period. Sugary or sugar free.
  • Limited sugar substitutions. No more than one or two servings of sugar replacements (i.e.— in your coffee—a day. Most substitutes are filled with crappy chemicals we should all stay away from anyway.)
  •  A little sugar in sauces, etc., is allowed if not excessive.
  • Carbs are allowed. The main goal is to cut excess sugar like those found in desserts, sodas, etc.

Are you in? I triple-dog-dare you. (Leave a comment!)


CWAHM said...

I'm with you! Hubby and I just cut out all soda from our diet. It's been about 2 months and I feel so much better!

So, maybe it's time to take the step and battle sugar. Bring it on! :)

Anonymous said...

More power to ya, girl! And I'm not laughing- I'm impressed. I've wanted to do this for a long time (ditch sugar permanently). Just haven't worked up the nerve yet to do it for longer than a week or two. I know you won't regret it. In my experience, I've found it's good to substitute healthy "desserts", like plain yogurt and fruit smoothies, in place of sugary ones so that you don't feel so deprived. It helps keep you motivated and it's good for you. :) Hope the Lord blesses your efforts, and that your body will respond well to your change of diet!
-Bonnie Blue

Libbi H. said...

So Ironic, I was planning on starting a sugar fast for at least the week today, and thought about making it longer. I have done it for three separate 40 day segments, and so I am starting again today!

Bekah Hamrick Martin said...

Yay! Jill, we can do it. Ethan cut the mountain dew for a year... he felt great! He inspires me.

Bonnie, thanks! I'm excited... but it's only day 1.

Hooray, Libbi! I'm not alone! Keep me posted on everything. It's great to have someone who can relate!

2bfound said...

Way to go! I encourage you all the way. Check out your carbs carefully. Don't substitute dessert for bread (the refined, goes-straight-to-sugar carbs). Other than that, you will be on a road to discovery.

I have not yet read this book, but have read from this author before and I highly recommend it: Craving Grace http://lisavelthouse.com/books/craving-grace/

I too attempted my own sugar fast, but did not succeed. I think it is time to start again. I will begin for 21 days, make a habit and see what comes next.

Enjoy the journey :)

I know all about waiting--for the right guy, for high school to end, for my boobs to come in (two out of three ain't bad).

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