Well the first day of the 21 Day Sugar Detox is over. And I’m still alive. Barely.
Here are the things I learned in just 24 hours about detoxing from sugar.
- First: Sugar is added to everything. At breakfast, when I went to toast some bread, I found one of the ingredients was sugar. Huh, I thought. And had a rice cake. At lunch, the packet of sliced salami I reached for (that I’d now be having sans bread) had both corn and syrup in it. At dinner, the breaded frozen fish had sugar in it too. WTF?
- Second: Sugar is my break. I spent part of the day writing and writing breaks almost always involve sugar. I get up, grab something sweet – maybe a cookie or a piece of candy and then I go back to work. Without this break, I wasn’t actually sure what to do with myself. I ended up making myself a few cups of tea, but I found I honestly wasn’t sure what to do to satisfy my need for a break.
- Third: Sugar is my stress relief. Yesterday the car died, after I left the sunroof open and rain got into the gear box of the car. I had managed to short out the gear box and the brake switch. Of course while they were looking at the car they discovered a number of things that probably needed to be fixed if I ever wanted to say, stop in traffic. The total for these repairs? $2,000. Now normally when I hear news like this, the first thing I do is eat something. Almost always sugar. And when I got the news about the car repairs, all I could think about was mauling a piece of cake. Instead, I gritted my teeth for like an hour.
- Fourth: Sugar gives me a boost. Sugar gives me a boost not unlike caffeine. It maybe doesn’t last as much, but it wakes me up a little, makes me happier and fixes (at least temporarily) the 3 pm slump. At 3 pm today, I was exhausted, without really having anything to show for it. I’d slept reasonably well the night before and it wasn’t like I’d spent the day building a fence. I’d spent it writing, not exactly an physically draining task. In fact, by 3:30pm, I’d actually nodded off on the couch, which I never do. Is this because my body expected sugar around this time, and not getting it, sort of shut down? I don’t know, but it was very strange. It could also have been that I hadn’t eaten enough so was just low on fuel in general, having not had much to eat. Maybe that led to the fatigue.
Okay, on to Day 2! Oh, if you’re new here and want to jump in, join us. Here are the rules, I promise they aren’t too bad.