13.2.2016 | 00:17
I mentioned in the last post that I did a little “sugar reintroduction” experiment recently.
It was … quite the eye-opener.
Here’s the deal:
After six weeks on a leaky gut protocol, where I was avoiding all of the usual suspects – dairy, eggs, soy, gluten, sugar, alcohol, etc. – I figured it would be a good time to find out if the occasional indulgence would be okay.
There’s a particular raw vegan dessert Debra and I like, but our local co-op hadn’t had it in stock for quite some time.
(Always easier to resist temptation when it’s unavoidable, yes?)
They offered other flavors, but we preferred the two chocolate varieties because they each used only one sweetener – maple syrup.
The other flavors used agave, or dates, or more than one sweetener.
Besides – chocolate.
Need I say more?
Debra brings one home, and we decide to eat it very mindfully, savor every mouthful and pay attention to the aftereffects.
Nothing much at first.
Where do I begin?
Debra had some digestive upset, and my mood took a turn for the worse.
We both felt like there was just too much energy coursing through our bodies – our hands and arms seemed to be tingling.
And then there was the brain fog….
We were both engaged in different tasks, but neither one of us could think straight.
I had never been aware of any personal brain fog before, but this was noticeable and obvious.
For both of us….
The first thing we did was compare notes.
Some symptoms were similar, and others were unique to one or the other of us.
The next thing we did was express our gratitude.
We were grateful that we were so present in our bodies, so aware of the various sensations, that we were able to make connections we had never noticed so clearly before.
We knew sugar wasn’t good for us, but we’d never been able to point to anything specific.
But we were also grateful for the opportunity to say our final good-byes to sugar.
We were so miserable – and so aware of why we were so miserable – that we were both more than ready to swear off the not-so-sweet sweet stuff.
Yes, the chocolate tart tasted good – and, ironically enough, not overly sweet.
But it just wasn’t worth it.
I was pretty sure that my body was somewhat sensitive to sugar, but this little experiment – excuse the expression – “took the cake.” (And took it far away from me, with any luck….)
If I can indulge in a serving of fruit every day or two, or enjoy some 85+% dark chocolate – preferably sweetened with stevia or erythritol – as my dessert of choice, that will be more than enough to satisfy me.
I think it’s safe to say that Debra and I will not need to join a 12-step program to stay away from this particular temptation in the future….