I’m on day 3. Day 3 is evil.
I hate everyone. I have yelled more in the last 3 days than I have in my entire parenting career. I have been tired, dizzy, beyond cranky, and straight up sick. Apparently this is what happens to my body when I come off crack…I mean sugar.
So far the food prep and the time commitment to Whole30 isn’t so bad. It’s the cravings and the time it’s taking for my body to come off sugar that’s INSANE. Yesterday I begged my son to kiss me because he had fruit snack residue on his lips. Tonight as I was making macaroni and cheese for my kids, it was all I could do not to plant my face directly in the pot of fake cheesy goodness.
I want to eat all the food. All the dairy, all the sugar, all the legumes, all the grains. I WANT IT ALL.
I have it on good authority that this feeling passes. I hope so or I’m doomed.
But, I’m not here tonight to talk about how much I miss sugar and how hard it has been to get through these last 3 days. I’m here to talk about how HORRIFYING it is that my body was so reliant on it!
I’ve watched the documentary “Fed Up” on Netflix three times now and every time I do I learn new things about how horrible sugar is. We all wonder why with all the diet foods out there and fewer calories that we manage to still be the most obese country in the world. HEY GUESS WHAT IT’S BECAUSE THERE IS SUGAR IN ALL OUR FOOD!
Here’s the skinny…
Natural vs. Added Sugars
Fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and whole grains contain simple sugars. When simple sugars are naturally found in whole food, they come with vitamins, minerals, protein, phytochemicals and fiber. The presence of fiber makes a significant difference because it slows down the absorption of sugar, which moderates its impact on blood sugar. Natural sugar in whole food is good sugar. When any type of sugar is added to foods during processing, cooking or at the table, you consume calories without any nutrients or fiber. This type of sugar, called added sugar, is bad sugar. (x)
So here’s how the bad sugar gets in everything. Low calorie and low/non fat foods add sugar to help it taste good. Sugar isn’t always listed as sugar. As a general rule anything ending in “ose” is bad – glucose, sucrose, dextrose, fructose, maltose. And get this – agave, honey, molasses, and corn syrup (duh) are also bad. Sugar is literally hidden in everything.
How to avoid it. You can’t. You can however make more conscious food choices. Make fruit leather with your kids (easy)* instead of buy it. Make your bread (also easy)* instead of buy it. Cook more! If you are the one preparing the food you will know exactly what goes in to it. Yes, it takes more time and yes, it’s messier and harder but it’s better. So much better. For everyone. *I don’t add sugar to any of these recipes even though they call for it.
Eliminating sugar from my kids’ diet will be very hard but we are going to try to cut it waaaaaay down. They can still have some sweet treats here and there but their overall meals will be much less processed and much more homemade.
Now, as for me and this Whole30 craziness, it has definitely opened my eyes. I’m not saying that I’m going to stay off sugar forever once the 30 days is over but I will most definitely think a lot harder before taking my “mom tax” from the kids’ snacks. Is a handful of M&Ms worth my sugar intake for the day or is it more important for me to save that for the gingerbread cookie with my name on it at the local bakery in New Hampshire? Gingerbread cookie fo sho.
Aside from the detox, I’m loving the Whole30. I’m not hungry. I’m eating nutrient dense foods and my body is reaping the benefits. I’m sincerely hoping that the sugar shakes go away soon because that’s the hardest part. And I’ll tell you what, having a group of you guys as support during this is crucial! I could not do this without the endless texts of encouragement and pictures of yummy food. It’s THE BEST.
I think you should all jump on the Whole30 train if only to open your eyes to our dependency on sugar. You have until June 15th to make it in time for the giveaway at the end. See here for deets!
WATCH. THIS. MOVIE. NOW.