An Eye-Opening (and Brain-Closing) Experiment …

13.2.2016 | 00:17

Dragon Dispatches from the Divine Dragon

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.

bitten chocolate tart with caramel isolated on white background

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.

Oh boy.

Nothing much at first.

And then….

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….

a poor girl suffering from the pain

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.

Tired business woman working in office

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.

Thank you written on a white dry erase board with blue marker

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….

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  1. Melissa
    February 13, 2016 | 4:56 pm

    When I started to clean up my cooking, I noticed how bad I would feel in contrast when eating a meal out. I am so glad y’all are finding what works for you & sharing your experiences. Life’s too short to feel bad. Keep up thr great work ♡

    • daletchworth
      February 13, 2016 | 8:21 pm

      Thank you, Melissa. We can completely relate to the effects when eating in vs. eating out, even when we’re at one of the healthier restaurants in our area. Debra

  2. Jace
    February 13, 2016 | 7:07 pm

    Thank you. I had some real vanilla ice creme for the first time in a few years. It tasted so good. However, within 30 minutes I had a pretty bad headache. No fun.

    Not sure if it was connected but I don’t eat a lot of sugar. I think I’ll keep it that way.


    • daletchworth
      February 13, 2016 | 8:22 pm

      Jace — Sounds like a good plan! Debra

  3. Brad
    February 14, 2016 | 1:07 am

    Your approach was so wise and yielded such clear feedback that you effectively solidified an association that should help you stay on track. Too often people eat or do something and even if there is a little delay in the reaction, they dismiss the connection.

    • daletchworth
      February 14, 2016 | 4:46 pm

      Brad — Thanks for the feedback. Yes, the messages from both our bodies, while different, were still clear and definitely motivation to stay away from sugar binges. Debra

  4. Susan
    February 14, 2016 | 10:56 pm

    Isn’t it awesome to be able to tune into your body’s messages this well? After an elimination diet it becomes so very obvious what is bothering you because you’re so “clean” and the reactions can be recognized. Happened to me too, and I can’t believe how much I wasn’t picking up on before!

    • daletchworth
      February 15, 2016 | 12:11 am

      Susan — It’s all a process, isn’t it? Thank you for sharing that insight and I hope you continue to do well as you discover more of what works and what doesn’t work for you. Debra

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