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November 26, 2005
At the supermarket I took a look at the ingredients for a variety of foods. It seemed that nearly every single product has sugar in it. Cereal of course has sugar. Breads have sugar. Pickles have sugar. Mustard has sugar. Soup has sugar. Everything that comes in a cardboard box or plastic container seems to have added sugar in one form or another.
Is there anything sold at the store that’s not sweetened?
Posted in My Personal Journal on 11/26/05
November 23, 2005
I’ve been unsweet for 20 days now. The first week my body was completely tired and run down. My energy levels were low and I’d conk out quickly. Some days a heavy nap half way through the afternoon was necessary.
The second week has been a little easier. I have been having strange dreams and some restless nights. The dreams are odd, colorful, and mostly enjoyable. Strange dreams are one of the benefits of quitting it would seem, although I had a nightmare!
While sitting in a café with a few girls, I touched my front, top teeth with my tongue. They felt crooked and one of them fell out. That started a chain reaction and a handful of teeth fell into my palm. A moment later, in the bathroom mirror, I could see that my teeth on top had broken in half all the way across my jaw.
The pieces in my hand had grown long and purple like a toothbrush with roots at one end and white caps at the other. My thoughts centered on not having a dental plan, not enough money to cover such bills, and how I’d look after surgery.
The dream is much longer but I’ll spare you the details of the strange McDonalds drive through that became an inescapable indoor garage cafe.
Posted in My Personal Journal on 11/23/05
November 07, 2005
I can’t make it through the day without wanting to nap. Tonight at 6 PM I thought it might be a good idea to go to sleep but instead came to the computer to write. It’s only been four days since I stopped eating sweets. Quitting sugar hasn’t been hard, but feeling energized has been a challenge. I’m still over eating and find myself snacking even though I’m not hungry.
I’ve eaten cheese, tofurky, bread, lettuce, natural peanut butter and apples, and drank nothing but water. Perhaps I need to discover some new sugar-free foods/snacks.
Posted in My Personal Journal on 11/07/05
November 06, 2005
If possible, I’d have stayed in bed all weekend. My energy levels have are shot even after a full night’s sleep. I am over-eating but at least it’s good food. However, my stomach has been surprisingly upset and bloated. On Friday I had heartburn all day. I’m eating the same amount of real food (rather than candy/cookies) and it’s filling me to the brim. Gross.
The sugar cravings are strong after a meal when some kind of dessert was the norm. Today I was offered mocha and cookies after lunch. I refused. My host was surprised and offered again. Again I politely refused. Right now, even though I’m stuffed after dinner, I still want to eat something sweet.
I’ve been peeing a lot. I have to get up in the middle of the night or early in the morning and also go many times during the day. The first two days after quitting I was often hot and sweating despite the cold weather. In the next two weeks my body will go through many adjustments.
Posted in My Personal Journal on 11/06/05
November 05, 2005
Since going off the sugar all that I notice is that junk food is everywhere!
While walking down the street yesterday I got hungry but there was nothing but junk food to be found. However, after really looking, even a place like Walgreens had a section with some cheese and a few things that weren’t sweevil (sweet’n'evil).
Also realized that spending money on sweets (or whatever you might be addicted to) is part of the addiction. Maybe that’s not news to you, but for me the act of BUYING sweets was almost as fun as eating them. Figuring out which snack to have, where to purchase, and when to eat is all part of the game…that I’m no longer playing.
I didn’t sleep well last night, am having trouble making simple decisions, and am quite anxious. Whether my symptoms are directly related to my diet is questionable, but we’ll see over time if things change as my body is replenished with healthier nutrients.
Posted in My Personal Journal on 11/05/05