What happens when I (or you) binge on sugar
Thursday, August 11, 2016
I've been making excellent progress on being dairy-free (haven't had cheese in weeks). I've also been making (slow) progress in increasing my water intake, and my new observation is that to get enough water in, it's a really good idea for me to start drinking water right away in the morning.
I've been making pretty good progress on becoming sugar free -- and in fact, keeping my fructose (from fruit) under 15 g per day -- but that sugar demon is hard to kick.
Things I'm noticing: I'm much more likely to want to over-eat (in general) when I've been on track for a number of days in a row. Seems like I need to allow a bit of a an uptick in food intake after a couple of days of being in the 1,300 calorie range. Say -- allow for 1,800 or so -- rather than saying "f*** it,* I'm gonna eat whatever I want."
I'm also noticing (again) that stress is a big trigger. Had a somewhat stressful interaction with a student and watched myself make a conscious decision to jump into sugar-ville. I told myself that I'd feel better. Of course, the opposite was true. I enjoyed the first bites, and then I started to feel groggy, foggy, and tired...which made me rush in the opposite direction for caffeine. In the end, I had upset my innards and felt nauseous for hours that evening.
Not a pretty picture.
This morning I looked up what actually happens to your body when you binge on sugar. Here's one of the articles I came upon: http://www.marksdailyapple.com
It's a nasty domino effect on your brain, endocrine, digestive, and immune systems.
The good news is that I have been managing to steadily improve my habits, and I'm committed to being on track.
I'm going on holiday next week, and have decided to bring my tablet (computer) and a notebook (paper) to track one way or the other.