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April 2009
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Voluntary Sugar Deprivation

When I woke up yesterday morning I decided to perform an experiment; I went the entire day without 'sugar' (almost). That is 'sugar' and not sugar (why does this word not have an 'h'? 's' pronounced 'sh' is Hungarian not English, this crazyness must be stopped - another time perhaps) because I am allowing natural sugars like found in Apples and Bananas (why is the middle 'a' pronounced differently here? I think I am going to pronounce it as if all the a's have sound for now on).

Yesterdays eatings:
1 Banana (pronounced Bahnahnah not Bahnanah)
1 serving of Chicken Pot Pie, although it might have been Pol Pot Pie, it tasted more like dictator than chicken.
1 side of Broccoli (the Green stuff not Albert)
1 small package of pretzels
1 small package of Honey Roasted Cashews (oops second ingredient was Sugar).
1 Apple
Some cheese curds
One small piece of imitation crab meat (which lists crab as an ingredient, you can't trust anyone). I though better about having more since I had no idea how long it had been in the fridge.
For drinks:
about 10 glasses of water and 1/2 a small bottle of Lime Scented Perrier.

I felt perfectly fine for the whole day. No real body cravings for anything. I did have a desire for some of the Lavender Dagoba Chocolate Bar that is sitting on the counter. But it was a mental thing not a physical thing. I was able to stay away.

I felt fine throughout the whole day. Not tired, not wired, not really hungry, not super tall; Essentially the same as always. No sugar, no caffeine, no difference.

The only odd thing was at about 11:00 I was exhausted. I slept straight until 8:30 today.

I decided to continue the experiment.
1 Banana, pronunciation unimportant.
1 Grape from the 'Vineyard' that is trying to take over my 'Orchard'.
1 Barbeque Beef sandwich with Coleslaw.
A handful mixture of Cashews, Almonds, and Macadamias.
Lots and lots of water.

Up until an hour ago, I felt just fine. Now I feel light headed and sweaty. I am not really thinking straight today at work. This confirms my belief that my brain is made of sugar. Little caramel fibers connecting neurons of rock candy floating in a syrupy chocolate sea. I think I might eat my brain now.


Did you check the ingredients list on the pretzels? Some have added sugar. Same goes for the pie crust of pot pies (especially the frozen variety). As for the barbeque beef sandwich, sugar is often an ingredient in barbeque sauce. The increase in water should be making a difference in how you feel. I'd be interested in seeing what happens if you keep this up.

Twisting Sugar into a Pretzel

Yeah, you caught me. The Pretzels have corn syrup (which is just as bad) but it was really far down on the ingredients list.

The pot pie, wasn't really a pie. It was more like chicken vegetable soup with a biscuit (like one made from Bisquick). The biscuit probably is made with sugar, but I would assume it doesn't have much.

As for the barbecue sauce. It didn't taste sweet, but you never know. I hadn't thought of that.

Thanks, I'll definitely be keeping the journal up-to-date with my attempt. I am glad I don't have Diabetes, sugar looks near impossible to avoid.


Don't forget all the other forms sugar can take on: corn syrup, dextrose, xanogum (or something like that) not to mention my rival carbohydrates that turn into sugar rapidly, as soon as you eat them you usually feel hot and a burst of energy only to feel very tired and expired after about an hour.

Re: Hey Sugar Sugar

The main list will definitely be avoided. Corn Syrup is only allowed in corn (which I don't eat, I am pretty sure the human body can't digest it anyway).

I am not too concerned with Carbs per-se and have zero interest in putting my body through ketosis. I will be trying to avoid junk like Doritoes and Freetos and all that junk. But I won't be avoiding breads and carrots and all those other carbs. My main interest is to see what happens when I remove all the refined sugars that I constantly put in my body. I am sure I will find out some of my internal organs are made entirely of sugar.

Re: Hey Sugar Sugar

Well good luck, Love! There are some good carbs out there, carrots, beats, blueberries....mmmmm blueberries!

i've done the full ketosis thing, but these days i mostly keep off the sugar and the bread. what i find is that i am much more even-tempered, and have more steady energy. when you feel a little out of it, have some protein. i keep some mixed nuts in my desk drawer to tap when i feel the need. as long as i'm taking vitamins and drinking lots of water, i don't eve go for them much. i think you'll find your need to snack diminishing.