Eat 58% Sugar and Live to Tell About It

On this journey to become what I eat I am always looking for ways to get away with eating sugar. Back in the day I could easily eat an entire row of Oreo’s with a glass of milk, or a carton of double chocolate fudge Bryer’s and live to tell about it.

It’s different now for several reasons. The first is that my metabolism doesn’t behave as it did 20, or even 10 years ago. The second is that when you know better, you [should] do better.

In the morning I usually have a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk, peanut butter, and a handful of raisins. The macro nutrients fill me up, and I get my sugar fix. Lately though I’ve been feeling guilty about eating raisins, and I’m not sure if I should. So, I thought I’d do some research.

Raisins are dried grapes with a high concentration of sugar (30% fructose and 28% glucose). Don’t let that scare you though. Raisins are nutritious as they are rich in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. They are low in fat and have been recommended as a snack for weight control, digestive health, and regulating blood pressure.

There is so much debate online though. Dentists preach against them because they stick to your teeth. Since they contain fructose (and it’s supposedly toxic) some people stay away from them.

What I get from everything I’ve read is that they are to be enjoyed in small amounts. If I have to choose between raisins and cookies, I’ll choose raisins–unless my other choice is an oatmeal raisin cookie…then what am I to do?!

 

Sugar Withdrawal

I have a horrible headache, and I know why. I remember having this feeling the first few days into the Daniel Fast back in January. I haven’t had processed sugar since Monday, and I’m going through sugar withdrawal. One of the “symptoms” of withdrawal is the dreaded headache. sugar-spoon

I remember one night in graduate school I tried weaning myself from sugar. I had a craving so bad I woke up in the middle of the night, juiced 5 apples, and chugged the juice faster than you can say criss cross apple sauce! My headache/craving went away instantly. Yes, the sugar was natural (from apples), but the fact of the matter is sugar is just as addictive as drugs! Did someone say dopamine?

I’m writing this post because if I don’t I will truly go in the kitchen and make myself a bowl of Coco Puffs to “cure” my headache. If you know me, you know how I feel about Coco Puffs.

Have you successfully given up processed sugar? Leave me some tips!