The Sugar Fast Day 32: What’s Next

Well, it’s over. Yesterday was the last day of the sugar fast. I haven’t written about it in so long—almost two weeks, in fact—because I haven’t had anything new to say, really. I’ve just kept at it. Boring, but true.

Can I be a little sad that it’s over?

I had a clementine this morning and was overwhelmed by its sweetness. It tasted like I was eating candy. The blueberries I ate this afternoon also tasted extremely sweet, but not quite as overpowering.

From the beginning, I’ve been concerned with developing good habits, and I think….drumroll…we have. We’ve incorporated way more vegetables into our diet, have been so astounded by the deliciousness of homemade bread that I’m not sure we’ll ever buy it from the store again, and have successfully broken our incessant cravings for sugar.

Will we still have sugar? Yes. It doesn’t need to disappear from our lives forever, and moderation in all things is certainly now the sugar rule.

But it doesn’t define our—it doesn’t define my—experience of happiness or well-being anymore.

I’ve been happy without it, and I will be happy with it again—as an occasional treat.

And if it ever becomes a dominant force in my life once more, out it goes for a little while. We’re even thinking of making January an annual no-sugar fast month. Who knows?

This month has been crazy, stressful, wonderful, bewildering, and revealing. Thanks for sticking it out with me.

And now… back to our regularly scheduled program. 😉

The Sugar Fast Day 1: Beginning

I woke up this morning with a raging headache and a burning desire for an orange. I don’t know why; as far as I can remember, nothing in my dreams had anything to do with oranges. And the other morning I woke up with a burning desire for ridged potato chips, so I don’t think my subconscious is trying to tell me anything significant, other than that I generally wake up hungry.

Normally, to want an orange is to have one, in our house. At this very moment there are about a dozen Clementines waiting patiently in one of our refrigerator drawers. But I can’t have one. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not until February 2nd.

What is this sugar fast you’ve only mentioned once before? Although the holidays are prime feasting times in our family, my husband and I feel like we’ve been feasting for the last three months or so. We want to get back on track with healthy eating and also cut down our sugar intake drastically. I would be embarrassed to tell you how much sugary things we’ve eaten even in just the past two weeks. (Hint: it involves three batches of Puppy Chow, which is more or less Chex cereal, melted chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla generously coated with powdered sugar.)

For the month of January, we’ve decided to take out all sugar from our diet, including fruit, in an attempt to break the terrible hold that sugar has on us. It sounds dramatic, but I’m feeling dramatic.

After all, I haven’t had sugar for almost a day. Happy New Year to me.

So far I’ve thought about having a piece of cake or some chocolate or some marzipan…oh, only 137 times.

This is going to be tougher than I thought. Stay tuned for more lines written out of desperation.