I did it. I gave up sugar.
I want to really keep it out of my system for 30 days so I can truly gauge what I feel like without it. And at the end of the 30 days, if I do decide to try a little to see how my body reacts, I'm hoping I'll get a clearer picture of how it does affect me.
Here is a photo of what we cleaned out of the pantry (sorry, it's a crappy cell phone photo)
We are only on day 4 of 30. It's already HARD. Yesterday I thought I was going to freak out. I'm not really missing the grains so much (although I think my body is definitely adjusting), but I am craving sugar. I really didn't like my husband yesterday and I KNOW he didn't like me. I was reacting very badly to the lack of sugar I am apparently addicted to.
Now, to be fair, I think that the timing of this is quite challenging. Our 3 month old is apparently going through a growth spurt and has decided that she wants to nurse every couple of hours through the night again. So combine the sleep deprivation with no sugar and no grains all of sudden AND the reduced caffeine consumption (since there is no sugar in my coffee, I'm drinking less), it's been pretty tough. Yesterday I could barely keep my eyes open. I was exhausted. So I ran up to the newest little coffee shop and got a Queen Bee Latte that's sweetened with, can you guess? Honey! Finally something sweet! It was wonderful...actually it was a little too sweet! But I completely forgot to ask for it to be half-caff. Yeah, I was a little overwhelmed a little while later with the caffeine high!
So all in all, it's not been bad. We've eaten great meals and love cooking at home so it makes it that much better. I'll list a few of the meals we've eaten:
- Whole chicken in the crockpot with onions (so delicious and gave us plenty of leftovers)
- Red cabbage slaw with cucumber and mango (YUM!)
- BLAT salad - yummy, yummy, yummy, but how can you go wrong when you have bacon and avocado in the same bowl?
- Steak skewers with sweet onions, tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms
- grilled pinapple (oh so good)
- Cauliflower "rice" - not quite mashed cauliflower, but cooked down to be softer than raw
- Spring mix (from our own garden!) salad with leftover chicken for me and leftover steak for hubby, pears, candied (with pure maple syrup) pecans, red onion and avocado. Dressing was just squeezed lemon and olive oil. Sooo yummy. Not sure if maple syrup is "allowed" in Paleo eating, but honey is and I'm assuming if a caveman found some sticky stuff running of out of tree and tasted it, he'd eat it
- leftovers and tons of them! I was a bit worried when I saw the grocery shopping list for days 1-5 in the "Everyday Paleo" book, but we've had tons of leftovers and will definitely be stretching the meals out in the future.
With our son, we've decided that we'll do Paleo at the house, but outside of the house we'll be lenient. For example, his school had an end of the year performance and they had a special cookie as a treat. Fine with us. We just don't want to keep it at the house anymore. We were so good for so long allowing that type of stuff to be special treats, but because we knew the stuff was in the house, it was so easy to just give it to him often. After the 30 days, we will allow ourselves the same type of flexibility. I'm not saying I'll never eat another cookie, brownie, etc. again, but for the next few weeks I want to avoid them!
As far as exercise, I was doing great following the workout plan in the back of "Everyday Paleo" which I started the week before. But once I started the no sugar/grain thing and my exhaustion set in, I couldn't imagine trying to even do one squat. Just walking around the house is wearing me out! I hope that my body recovers a bit over the next day or so to be able to add the workouts in. I have been walking some, so I am not completely being a couch potato!
Oh, and I've lost 3.5 pounds this week. Which sounds great, but my first thought was that it's too much since I'm breastfeeding. I want to make sure my supply stays up. But I think I'm ok since I'm actually eating MUCH better than I was for the first three months of my daughter's life! I've just cut out the pure crap I was eating and I knew it would probably help me drop weight very quickly initially. I'm just going to make sure I keep plenty of protein and enough good fats in the daily eating to help keep my supply going strong.
So far, so good!