To give an update on how I am feeling being sugar free, I must say I really am enjoying the clarity of mind I have. Despite my lack of sleep, I am much more able to complete everyday tasks without losing energy quickly. This is in part due to my coffee drinking habits, which have recently been a little unlike me. Besides that though, even when I didn't drink coffee over these past 9 days, I have been much more energized. I digress... I did some research, and it appears that what I was experiencing the other day must have been similar to "reactive non-diabetic hypoglycemia" which occurs 2-4 hours after a meal when blood sugar levels are low. I'm not a doctor, so I really can't diagnose myself, although their suggestions do hold a fair amount of credibility based on my experience. I haven't felt that nauseous since I've been paying better attention to eating on time. I have been keeping foods in my backpack just to be sure. One thing it suggests though, is that you should stay away from coffee, tea, other caffeine sources. Soooo.. I might have to give up my newest addiction. As you'll see from today's post though, that hasn't happened yet..
For breakfast: (bad! didn't eat enough) 1/2 whole wheat bagel on the go with butter, iced coffee w cream. (I have formed an addiction to coffee now! it's kinda bad-- but for now it's a good distraction from sugar)
lunch: vegetable soup with the usual: plate of spinach, broccoli, kidney beans all cooked in pan with the soup, sprinkled feta on top. 2 pieces of mini gluten-free multigrain bread
snack: green bean crisps. Cereal (Kashi-3g sugar high fiber) with coconut milk (good source of B12)
Dinner: soup again.... this time just with beans and feta (no added veggies)
studying snacks: iced coffee... almonds.... green beans.
Not my best day, but still pretty good I suppose! It is soooo incredibly difficult to find options in the cafeteria that are sugar-free! You don't realize until you cut it out of your diet how many places that fructose is hiding! Cakes, cookies, ice cream are obvious-- but also barbeque sauce, chicken dishes (which I don't eat anyway because I'm a flexitarian here and don't trust the meat here), bread, asian cuisine, etc etc.
I hope you're finding these daily checklists useful in some way. My purpose in writing them is to give all of you out there thinking of quitting sugar (or in the process like me) an example of how to make it work, my feelings, and some tips for those with limited food options. Over the month of December I will be cooking up a storm to come up with recipes for a new segment on my site "Dormet" which will allow viewers who are in College or living in a small environment, like an apartment, to cook delicious, nutritious meals. I will include meals that include meat too--so don't worry if you're not a vegetarian! As always, feel free to comment and leave suggestions on different dishes you'd like to see.
Also, coming this Thanksgiving, I will be trying out some vegetarian dishes and sugar-free desserts. Let's see if they taste as good as they are for your health!!