This would be in the form of a few pieces of fruit, a handful of dried fruit, a couple of teaspoons of honey in her tea, two 35 gram bars of dark chocolate and honey drizzled on yoghurt.
It sounds really conservative huh?! For me, this would be a super, healthy day. I was surprised to learn it added up to around 25 plus teaspoons. But then again, I guess I never really thought about it before, or wanted to even let my mind go there.
I hated to think, absolutely HATED to think what my daily intake would be. But, let’s face it, it’s time for shock tactics.
I jotted down what I would eat on an average day and shuddered.
Sugar on porridge, hot Milo with three heaped teaspoons of Milo, a nut bar, an apple, two Nutellas, a Milo with (don’t judge me) eight heaped teaspoons of Milo and a chocolate ice block.
After reading Sarah’s book and taking a good, long look at myself, I knew I had to get onboard with her program.
I have always been an emotional eater, but things have escalated recently. When I’m sleep deprived and exhausted my coping mechanism is not at its best and I seek comfort in my best mate chocolate. I’m not talking a small hit of chocolate though, I’m talking eating until I feel sick. I would shove biscuit after biscuit into my mouth, for example, at a rapid rate. My logic is if I shove it in fast enough I won’t have time to think about what I’m doing. Not long after the sugar hit, I would come down really low feeling fuzzy, headachy and bloated. I would then head back to the pantry for another hit and it would be a vicious cycle.
I am not an overweight person, but I do have a little mummy tummy and I want to nip this in the bud before I find this weight really hard to lose. I also want to set a good example of healthy eating for my girls.
So last week, I commenced Sarah’s eight week sugar detox program. Week one involves cutting back on sugar. We’re not talking cold turkey here, just cutting back.
I monitored my progress daily in the diary below:
Day 1 – Sunday 2 June
Feeling pumped and determined to kick sugar to the curb.
Asked Dave to join me on the program. He politely declined. Apparently, he doesn’t have a problem. Yeah right, Dave.
Had my regular porridge, but with cinnamon instead of sugar. Epic fail. This reminded me of morning sickness.
After lunch, when I would usually binge on Milo and Nutella, I went grocery shopping. Sarah says to keep busy when you’re feeling like a sugar hit. Shopping took twice as long as I scoured the aisles for healthier breakfast and snack options.
Happy with my purchases, I headed home to find the kitchen filled with the deliciously sweet smell of banana cake.
Way to go, Dave. I’m all for not wasting bananas, but baking a cake on the first day of my sugar detox?? Not cool.
Day 1 declared an absolute bomb. Detox officially starts tomorrow. Mondays are the best day to start diets anyway.
Day 1 – Monday 3 June
Beg Dave to rid the house of banana cake.
Porridge again. This time with nothing on it. Bland. Opted for tea with no sugar instead of a hot Milo.
Curly-locks and I baked cookies as per our tradition. They smelled delicious, but I refrained. Go me!
Around 1.30pm, I was feeling strung out. The kids were in bed and I was craving my usual hit. I opened the pantry and looked longingly at my ex-lover Milo and closed the door again. Opened the door again, what the hell can I eeeeeeaaaat? Opted for some nuts. Eat my weight in nuts and feel sick.
Feeling mega hungry around afternoon tea time. I eat two slices of toast with cream cheese.
No treats after dinner.
Super proud of myself seeing there was still banana cake and cookies in the pantry begging me to eat them.
Day two – Tuesday 4 June
Kept myself busy to keep my mind off sugar.
Had an upsetting incident at daycare regarding Curly-locks. Went on a sugar frenzy when I got home to comfort myself. Felt really mad with myself and was cranky for the rest of the day.
Day three – Wednesday 5 June
Plain porridge. Standard.
Did all of my housework yesterday, so I could sit down and indulge in some blogging in my free time. Internet not working. WTF? I feel Naughty Naisy emerging. While waiting on hold to the internet company, I raid the pantry. When internet guy takes me off hold, I have a mouth full of cookie and hot tears rolling down my cheeks.
Take Smiley to our play and learn class and feel extremely lethargic, headachy and sad.
Day four – Thursday 6 June
Today was a bit of a rollercoaster ride with highs being an awesome dance class with the girls and lows involving the accidental death of a gecko and the electric garage door breaking.
I go to bed emotional. It was a tough day, but I didn’t cave.
Day five – Friday 7 June
Up at the crack of dawn with Smiley out of sorts. She seems to have a vomiting bug. Get her to bed and Curly-locks cracks it. We’re talking major meltdown because I forgot to ask her if she wanted to put the powder in the washing machine. God, what was I thinking? Tantrum lasts for 30 minutes (okay, it may have been 10 minutes, but it felt like 30).
Take the girls to the supermarket in the afternoon to get out of the house. Bad move. I buy a Bounty. A king size Bounty. I eat it in a frenzy.
Go to bed feeling depressed that I ate the Bounty.
Day six – Saturday 8 June
Had a beautiful day out today with family for my nephew’s Christening. Had a glass of wine with lunch and some cake for dessert. It wasn’t until doing the groceries about three hours later that I realised I can’t have cake, I’m on a bloody sugar detox program. Resolve to drink more wine and less cake.
Day seven – Sunday 9 June
Had a friend over for lunch who I hadn’t told about my program. She brought over some gorgeous looking pastries from a French patisserie. How could I say no?
While Week One was not a roaring success, I didn’t have Milo or Nutella which are my two problem areas.
I’m ready to start Week Two today which involves replacing sugar with fat. I will report back in this time next week.
Are you trying to get off the sugar train too? Share your tips in the comments below. Visit http://www.sarahwilson.com.au for more info on her program.