Monday, January 18, 2016

Minus 11

That’s the results so far, eighteen days into my “No Added Sugar” diet. Minus eleven pounds. My body is shifting around, my clothes fit better, and my mood has been pleasantly positive pretty regularly.

Like I said, I’m not super gung-ho about it. A week ago I had a couple of sweet mixed drinks. Had two beers and a glass of wine over the weekend. Had a chocolate truffle and a granola bar a few days ago. But other than that, I’ve been eating mainly natural, non-processed, non-junk food. And no soda, only water.

This did start off as an “energy-management system”, and to that effect I think it’s working. Probably have to wait a few more weeks to see if there’s any real improvement. If I was to guess, I’d say my energy level, after being added-sugar-free for eighteen days, is about 10 to 20 percent higher. With the exception of one bad night, I fall asleep ten minutes after turning out the light. And with two or three exceptions, I get up out of bed pretty easily in the morning (though I have been sleeping in later than usual on the weekends).

So … I recommend it.

Even if amazing high energy results don’t materialize, it’s still an awesome feeling to know that I am off the SAD diet, a diet that leads to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and a whole host of other maladies.

I do find myself more thirsty than normal (due to increased nut intake? I did switch my snack food to non-salted pistachios and almonds yesterday). The afternoon lull, that desire to take a nap around 2 or 3 pm, hits me stronger now than in the past (probably because that Diet Coke at lunch swatted it away). Otherwise, no real complaints.

I intend to keep the diet at this level until the end of the month. Then, based on my weight and energy levels, I may decide to get super gung-ho about it.

Results to follow then …

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