It has now been 3 1/2 months since I began my sugar free journey. Of course I still have a small amount of sugar, as I’ve mentioned in my previous post. I even had a piece of the coconut cream pie, pictured above, at Christmas time. The joy of that piece of pie was short lived, however. After eating something with a lot of sugar I start to feel a little jittery as if I’ve had too much caffeine or a mild panic attack. I believe this is because the pie has processed sugar and causes a blood sugar spike. This adverse reaction helps discourage any further “cheat” snacks so I’m glad it happens. It’s actually been pretty easy to stay away from sugary snacks and desserts though.
Over 3 months of eating minimal sugar, I lost 12 pounds. I wasn’t trying to lose weight so this was just an added bonus. Losing a pound each week with zero exercise is a pretty great bonus, if you ask me. In the last two weeks I have started exercising regularly, for heart health, and I feel great!
The greatest and most surprising benefit that I have experienced is sleep quality. I still sleep the same amount, sometimes a little less, but I’m well rested and don’t feel the need for caffeine at all. It’s a little difficult to wake up at times because I’m in such a deep sleep. My answer to this has been to exercise first thing. At least in the last couple weeks, anyway. Showering first thing would work as well, but I feel cold as soon as I leave the covers so heating up the body with a good workout is perfect for me. My sleep quality was always an issue before. It took a long time to fall asleep and then I would wake up every couple hours and be tired all day. Now I can fall asleep quickly and maybe wake up once a night. Sleep alone is reason enough for me to continue a sugar free life.
To sum up my experience, I feel healthy, I look healthy, and that makes me happy. With results like these, I plan on being happily sugar free for the rest of my life.