Sugar-free for 8 days - this is not as hard as I thought
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
My daughter and I have both been sugar-free for the last 8 days. We have also eliminated grains and beans for over a year now, but sugar was something that had to go completely as well because of blood sugar levels.
My daughter overcame her worst cravings in about 2 days since she started and is doing very well. She is in ketosis with carbs around 50 grams/day and her energy levels are as good as always. When I asked her if she wants sweet things, more, less or about the same as before she thought it was about the same. But I do notice the difference. She is snacking a lot less, in part due to eating higher fat and more vegetables. I make a point to flavor all our vegetable dishes very well, with garlic, plenty of herbs, lemon, sesame, hot sauce and many other things to make vegetables more interesting. Of course we are not restricting calories at all.
This evening my daughter had a small piece of frozen mango that we took out of the freezer to make a whey smoothie (made with fresh whey from yogurt making, delicious!) and she noted how sweet it tasted.
I have joined the "Official tame your sweet tooth challenge" on Spark and made myself a rule to not only eliminate all added sugar but also to eat no more than 20 grams of sugar per day from natural foods including fruit.
We are working on finding new fun foods that are tasty and somewhat naturally sweet. Usually our breakfast is yogurt and berries with nuts, tomorrow we will have some low-carb pancakes made with almond and coconut flour and fruit.
I am very glad my daughter is doing so well. A big part is keeping the fridge well-stocked with things she and I can eat so that there is never a reason to be hungry. I also spend more time cooking and baking then I used to. But it is so worth it knowing that this will prevent us from ever having to deal with full-blown diabetes.
Based on Steven Phinney and Jeff Volek's book "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" I expect both of our physical performance to improve significantly over the next couple of months. I'm sure there will be occasional struggles, but overall I'm very hopeful that as much as is within our power we are laying a very good foundation for our future health.