Happy last day of sugar-free November! Time to binge on some sugar, right? I’m kidding!
This last week has been pretty undramatic but I actually haven’t been 100 % sugar-free. I ate two small squares of dark chocolate Friday. After that I started craving sugar like crazy and the next morning I woke up with a stomach ache.
The stomach ache was hardly due to the two small chocolates though but it kind of reminded me how I feel so much better when my stomach is normal. When my IBS flares, I feel like shit and it affects my life negatively in so many different ways.
Today, I would like to sum up my experience about being (close to) 100 % sugar free for an entire month. They’re pretty much the same as the ones I made after being sugar-free for 8 months but let’s hear them again.
This is what I learned from Sugar-free November
- It’s easy to not eat sugar when you don’t eat sugar.
- I don’t think about sugar when I don’t eat it. It kind of disappears from my thoughts.
- All inner dialogue about eating sugar ceases when I don’t eat it
- Not eating sugar effectively kills all cravings
- My appetite normalizes and I realize how often I mistake cravings for hunger.
- Even small amounts of dark chocolate start off the cravings
- Small amounts of sugar in food don’t start cravings
- I have fewer IBS flares and less digestive issues without sugar
- I lose weight easier when I don’t eat sugar
- Not eating sugar is easier if you have a support system or you make some kind of agreement or contract with someone. Like I did with you guys!
I will be going to Paris for a couple of days and my guess is that that won’t be all sugar-free and after comes Christmas and New Year. Well, December is a challenge. It is for most people, I think.
But now tell me. Did you go all the way, what are your conclusions and what are your plans for December?