Sunday, February 13, 2011
Lack of sugar in my life
I wish I would have marked the day I stopped eating any kind of sugar so I would know how long it's been. I suppose that based on this post, I am somewhere around 2 weeks now. I can't say that I feel drastic changes in how I feel. I do have more energy but it could be because I've been taking iron and B vitamins, so I have no idea, really.
One thing it has affected is my overall eating habits. Because I don't eat fruit, I am conscious that I need to get the fibre and vitamins through other sources. So I try to eat more vegetables. Sometimes I succeed, other times the sausage and fries just hit the spot like broccoli never will.
Another thing I have learned to love is garlic. I used to hate it as much as any vampire. Then I found a little Eastern European store that sells real Latvian bread and added butter and salt, it's been a love affair ever since. I keep it on the down-low from Neil as he is convinced that he will be able to smell and thinks that it smells gross. So far he has not said anything...
So I try to eat more green stuff and make lots of salads for lunch. I make sure that I have feta and bocaccini and all sorts of other toppings that make salads more interesting. So far it works for the most part. If I feel really hungry, I go and get a bacon and egg muffin to satisfy my cravings and taper my crabbiness. It has really made me look at my food intake from a whole new perspective. The biggest difference is that if I am still a little bit hungry after dinner, I can't fill that hole with a bar of chocolate. I've been eating Latvian bread with garlic instead of chocolate.
OK, this last sentence made me feel sorry for myself.
I won't lie to you, this last week I wanted to scrape my nails on the cement a few times. So I give in a little bit with coffee from time to time. It's my one indulgence that I allow myself a few times a week. And yesterday I felt like I really gave in - I saw fresh watermelon juice. It was a hot morning at the markets and ... I had to get it.
I also think that having all the vegetables washed and properly stored in the fridge makes a big difference. If I am lazy and leave it all in the bags and wash it as I use it, I tend to be too tired at nights and go for the easy option. But this way there are better chances for having something healthy.
We'll see how it goes. I don't have an expiry date on this. If I am completely honest with myself and consider the fact that my immune system has been suppressed since I was little, sugar won't do me any good. I think that in a few weeks I will start eating fruit. For now I just look at pretty pictures of moist-looking chocolate cakes and drool.
at 1:18 PM