What I Learned Fasting From Sugar

Friday, March 25, 2016


Awhile back I did a post on What I Learned Working In A Cafe, and I had a lot of fun writing it and tapping into all the quirks and perks of the cafe-worker's life! Since, as you know, I gave up sugar for Lent (which will end this weekend. whaaat.) and I'm currently reading a fascinating book by Eve O. Schaub called "Year of No Sugar",  I've had the topic on my mind for a while, and I thought it would be fun to share some of my trials and tribulations (ha. not really.) for any of you joining along or just plain interested in the process!

1. PEOPLE WILL ASK QUESTIONS
"Wait no sugar?!" "But do you eat honey? What about fruit? Does that count?"

Subsequently,

2. YOU WILL GET TIRED OF EXPLAINING YOURSELF
But you really can't do anything about that, because people are inquisitive -  and it's better to tell them simply what you're doing and why you're doing it, than to storm off and let them think you're a sugar-deprived moron. XD

3. YOU MIGHT FEEL ALIENATED (and its okay)
To share a meal with someone, to break bread around a table and share conversation: that is a special experience, and to alter that by abstaining from a lot of food (sugar eliminates a lot of options - or at least, premade options) it can feel very awkward. It's not so much about not eating sugary things because you want the taste of them, it's about not eating with everyone else, not fitting in and joining the communion. I've learned though, that as long as you have some similar food to eat, you'll not really feel separate. It's when you're not eating anything that it gets to ya. XP

4. YOU'LL BECOME A FABULOUS COOK
...And incredibly good at winging it with recipes to make them fit your guideline. Or, at the very least, you will be very creative. There's credit for that, right??

5. NOT EVERY MEAL WILL BE NORMAL
Sometimes, you're going to have an amalgamation of nuts, fruit, cheese and whatever veggies you find in the fridge (with hummus, because all dressings have sugar.) This usually happens when you've been out all day and neglected to meal-prep the day before. Don't worry, you'll survive. In these instances, I've discovered that...

6. MILK IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Seriously. It's filling, natural, builds strong bones - and best of all, it's a fabulous dessert with a few dates on the side (think milk and cookies. yum!)

7. SUGAR IS IN EVERYTHING
I can't emphasize this enough. You'd think normal food like toast and deli meats and pasta sauce would be fine, but really they aren't. Read the labels y'all! Find out what exactly you are putting into that temple of yours.

8. IT ALL COMES DOWN TO TIME
The thing about eating sugar-free is that it can be remarkably simple: you only have to take what you eat back to basics, using simple, everyday ingredients. You'll probably find during the process that you're doing a lot of cooking and preparing at home, but is this really a bad thing? True, it takes a bit more time - time that sometimes you don't have, and that is when it gets harder - but in the long run you're doing your body a huge service to be taking better care of it. And that's worth it to me. :)

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