Want to hear something mildly shocking? I've cut nearly all the sugar from my diet.
For the average person, this might be no feat worth bragging about, but for me? Well. It's life-changing. I may as well have decided to start speaking in Pig Latin all day, it's that big a deal. Not eating sugar is a conscious choice that I must make throughout my entire day. "No sugar, Sara. Choose something else."
Why put myself through the agony of finding other ways to quiet my grumbling stomach? Another bit you may not know about me is that I've got a stubborn case of acne. I've been battling it for six years since my body was mucked up by taking (and then quitting) The Pill. I've tried all the popular cleansers, drinking lots of water, taking vitamins, using no fabric softeners, using "free & clear" laundry detergents, changing my pillowcases twice a week, and on and on. I did discover, a few years ago, that eliminating dairy from my diet cleared up all the breakouts on my forehead. It was a huge breakthrough moment for me, because you cannot put a price on feeling even a tiny bit less embarrassed.
So, after reading comment after comment written by acne sufferers who cleared up after cleaning out the sugar, I decided to step up and try it myself. And then, I bumped into this article, detailing how both dairy and sugar throw insulin and hormones out of balance, and it sealed the deal for me. I've long had issues with sudden drops in my blood sugar, so I'm now thinking in terms of the things I can do to keep it even, eliminating the steep peaks and drops.
And, here we are. Seven treat-less days under my belt. The only place where sweet has maintained its stronghold is in my coffee. I've cut out the Splenda, but I haven't yet managed to cut out the flavored creamer. I'm weaning myself off it; my coffee is looking more and more like a sad watery brown instead of a lovely, cozy, and delicious shade of tan. But I'm content making baby steps there right now.
I've dropped the treats, the sugar, and I've quit serving starchy carbs with dinner. It sounds like a lot, and it has been a huge transition. But, I'm feeling extremely proud of myself for sticking to this. And, I'm finding joy in new foods - The crunch of a roasted almond. The variety of fruits I had previously bypassed when grocery shopping. The versatility of quinoa. The way a delicious sauce completely changes the taste of an entire dish. The rainbow of color I put into every meal.
I'm learning new ways to love food. And there are still so many foods I can love.