After eating over my range on the 26th due to extreme hunger, I'm delighted to have been able to just go straight back to normal. My massive increase in hunger was only for the one day. On the 27th, it was all back to normal, and today has been normal. Both day's I've eaten 1200-1300 and been fine. I think it was to do with my period. I have usually got huge cravings around the time my cycle starts, but this time all I had was hunger. No cravings. Just hungry. That's so do-able. I just ate more and that was that. Because I had no junk (not even posh junk, like brie) I didn't want to eat more junk. Hurrah!
Well I've been travelling along really well. I haven't really had any temptation to eat sweet stuff, baked goods or yummy cheeses. I know cheeses don't have sugar, but they're in the same category for me. Rich. Delicious. Anyhoo.
Yeah. As long as I don't eat it, I don't want to eat it. I've had vague flitterings through my mind, but really, I just don't want to go there, so it's dead easy to just say no. It's almost embarrassingly easy, actually....
The last few days have been fine. My Da is visiting and he has the most horrific sweet tooth, so that will be a challenge. He can't exist without sweet things, so I have baked some bikkies for him. I didn't eat them, though! Hurrah! now to just get through the next few days. I will confess that having them in the house is a horrible temptation, but knowing that I get my sunnies for amonth sugar-free is good motivation to just stick with it.
I was feeling a bit grazy yesterday. I kept it in check, didn't overeat. I wasn't really tempted to eat anything with sugar, which was good. I think, though, even though my baked goods are free of refined sugar, the sugar content is still *relatively* high. That is, compared with, say, vegetables. It's not particularly sweet, but I think I'll have to be mindful that it doesn't become grazy. And, it's not the banana bread. It's the damn date loaf. This is why I can't eat dates. I have a really hard time stopping once I start. Just another.....and another......one more..... I have a horrible feeling they're a trigger and I'm just going to have to stay away from them. The date loaf seems to be doing the same thing. I just want more.....and another piece...... This is the behaviour that I'm hoping to avoid with no sugar consumption, so I think I'll ban dates as well.... :(
Feeling a little like I could use a sweet treat today. Probably because we went to the cinema and there were people, including my family, all around me eating chocolates and bikkies and popcorn. I didn't have any, and I wasn't hungry, so that was fine. However it did get into my blood a little. Having said that, however, it's not like I'm going mad with cravings. It's just on my mind today, whereas it hasn't really been before. I've got a lovely sweet plum coming up, though, so that should do the trick.
On another note, I was planning to make my coffee sugar-free for a month and I've completely forgotten. That was, until today. I had a cup of coffee and it tasted quite sweet. Perhaps I'll do the month of sugar-free coffee next month, as my tastebuds will be desweetified.
Had a slightly bigger eating day today. I don't think I was actually hungrier, but I had the grazing demon. It was so much easier to beat without sugar. I just had a large snack and said "that's it." And it was. Normally, I'd do that, and the grazing demon just wouldn't go away. It was so much easier to put back in its box.
I'm starting to wonder whether I might just live my life basically sugar-free. Once I'm through this year, it just may not be worth it to put it back in. I might just leave it for the add special occasion or something. But I may well be done with sugar.
A friend who is returning to Canada gave me a bunch of groceries today. Included were strange American things like butterscotch bits, pumpkin pie filling, graham crackers and graham cracker pie crusts. I am not going to eat any of that, but I think my family will enjoy it!
So I've been sugar-free, with the exception of two of the butterscotch thingos and a bit of a graham cracker. I HAD to try them. Graham crackers are pretty good, actually. Like a sweeter, less grainy version of a digestive. Yum! But I'm not counting those items, as it was literally just a wee taste.
I'm still cruising with the sugar-free thing. I've found I have less appetite in general, not just in relation to sugary/ rich foods. I actually didn't snack today. That's practically unheard of, for me. Very cool. Especially given I had an enormous steak that made up the difference!
All good. Still cruising. Makes me wonder why I found it so hard. I really do think it's simply the mindset: "I can't" plays 'I don't". I'm loving it.
And I'm planning some rewards. I'll be getting my lovely new sunnies at the end of January. Longer term, I'm going to buy myself a beautiful corset when I meet my goals at the end of the year. Middle-term, I think I'll take myself off to a mavie for every month that I meet my goals. That is the plan.
Day 3/366. Still sugar-free. I've had a few stray thought about wanting to eat something sweet, but it passes pretty quickly. I;m still finding it easy, so that's marvellous.
It's really hot here. It's been hot for a few days. Heat is normally something that makes me overeat. I know most people say you don't feel like eating when it's hot, but for me it's a trigger. Why? Because I can't sleep in the heat and I spend every day exhausted. And I know full well that my worst trigger for general overeating is tiredness. Not much I can do about it when my house is 30 inside (that about 85, I think, for you fahrenheit types). I just toss and turn and constantly wake up and then wake up feeling horrid. But I've managed to avoid the exxhaustion overeating, so yay!
Day 2/366 was horrible. Well, I managed sugar-free and it wasn't much of an effort, really. Even when Barry bought some sweets for our drive. I'm finding that saying "I don't eat sugar" is far more helpful than previous thoughts of "I can't eat that". Much more helpful. The focus is on the *choice*. It really does make a difference that I have voluntarily removed it from my life, rather than feeling like I've done it under duress because I'm too fat.
Anyway, I ate slightly over my calorie range. What can I say. We went berry picking. I ate a lotta berries. About 2.5 cups worth over the day. I also had extra afternoon tea, because guess what? Berries are delicious, but they do nothing for satiety. I was *starving* by the time we got home. Way too hungry, and add that to my horrid sleep and tiredness last night, and my period, and I'm pretty please with myself that I managed on 10 calories over and still no junk. On to tomorrow!
I've been kinda doing sugar-free for the last few days in the lead-up to 2012. Friday and Saturday were sugar-free with one exception: two chocolate santas last night to farewell added sugar for a year!
I'm feeling really good about it. I have a pure-fruit jam in the fridge and some apple juice concentrate for those times when I really need to bake. The only thing that makes me slightly quiver is the thought of no chocolate for a year. For everything else there are workarounds, but let's he honest: the only workaround is chocolate loaded with fake sweeteners, and I don't like them. So really, there's going to be no chocolate for me for a year. I think this is a good thing. I have an unhealthy relationship with chocolate, so going cold-turkey is what I need.
I'm going to focus on having no added sugar today, and each day. There's loads of options for a varied diet, and I don't have to go over-the-top ridiculous cutting out all baked goods or anything. I have a range of delicious recipes that are sugar-free for when I feel the need for something sweet. They're just not *as* sweet, and usually made with whole flour, so they're less likely to send me into paroxysms of longing.
I think I'm also going to trial sugar-free coffee. I'm not going to trial it for a week, as I only have about 4 in a week, and it's not enough to change my taste. I think I'll make it a month. If I still don't like it after a month, then I just don't like it. I think that's fair.
1. I can have sugar in my coffee. I really hate it without and I don't drink that much anyway. 2. Honey is OK, but still, try and minimise, yeah? No point in doing sugar-free and loading up on honey. You know what I'm talking about. 3. Weetbix are good. They do have a wee bit of added sugar, but I'm making an exception for them, as they are probably the single most healthful breakfast cereal, and I'm not missing out on such a useful and quick breakfast for a micron of sugar. Weetbix don't set me off. Cake does. 4. Avoid all other added sugar. Natural sugars = good. Added sugars = BAAAAAD. This includes sugar in all its guises. No glucose. No sucrose. No treacle. No golden syrup. 5. There is no five, but I like the number.
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