Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Year Without Refined Sugar

Around 2001-2002, I went 10 months without eating sugar as much as I could.  I would eat fruit.  I avoided any desserts and non-100% juices.  I am sure I still did get some sugar, since it's in everything these days, from bread to spaghetti sauce.  I went out of my way to avoid it, though.

I've decided it's time to do this again, and step it up a bit.  No refined sugar for a year.  I will eat only natural sugars including:

  • 100% Fruit Juice
  • Molasses
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Date Sugar (Ground Dates)
  • Dried Fruit
  • Stevia
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Agave Nectar
  • Raw Honey

I got that list of ideas from My Year Without, the blog of a lady who spent a whole year without refined sugar.  I am going to read the entire blog over the next week to learn more.

It won't be easy, but it will be possible.  I think it will be easier if I start it after Christmas this time.  The first few weeks are really hard, and it will be easier if there's not piles of holiday goodies around.  By the time next Christmas rolls around, I should be well conditioned to not needing sugar so much.

All I know is that after my first stint of sugar avoidance, I felt the healthiest ever. It also helped that I had spent the summer interning at a nursery.

What do you do when you get sugar cravings?


Misty D. said...

That is a great idea, and I know you can do it!

When I get a sugar craving, I usually cave into the pressure.

The one thing I have been able to do this year of which I am the most pleased is to not have ice cream. The only reason I have done this is to prepare myself mentally to give up pop in 2010.

Miss Nessa said...

Thanks :)

If you can get past the first few weeks, it usually gets much easier. I remember later on I didn't even want any.

It's just getting through those sure isn't easy. I love chocolate.

Good job on the ice cream and good luck with the pop!

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