Why would I do such a crazy thing? I read that in order to completely break a sugar addiction, you have to go without all sugar, including natural sugars, for a period of time. According to JJ Virgin, cutting out all sugar for 2 weeks not only breaks the addiction but it “resets” the tastebuds. So when you re-introduce natural sugar back into your diet, it will taste sweeter than before, and you won’t feel like you need too much of it.
So I’m a few hours away from finishing this challenge, and as I reflect on it, here are some thoughts I want to share.
- Challenging yourself is always a good thing. Many people (especially Americans) feel like they’d die if they had to go for a few days without something that they love or rely on, whether it’s coffee, sugar, booze or whatever. No. You won’t die. : )
In order to grow, I think it’s important to stretch and challenge yourself, and be willing to give up certain things – even if it’s just for a period of time. You just might realize that you didn’t need that thing as much you thought you did.
- Variety in foods is a gift from God. On some days, it was difficult to know what to eat, especially for breakfast and lunch, because I was so limited. I was forgoing fruit and trying not to eat anything that turns into sugar.
It made me appreciate the gift of variety. It’s boring to have the same thing every day, and I believe that God wants us to enjoy the wide variety of natural foods we can eat, including even things like honey.
My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
That said, we have to use wisdom and common sense, of course. In the very next chapter of Proverbs, it says that it’s not good to eat too much honey. Again, common sense.
The reason I’m bringing up this point about variety is because there are people who miss out on certain things, due to having extreme views on food. For example, the “fully raw” vegans who live on nothing but fruits and vegetables, with maybe a few nuts now and then.
I would get bored having only fruit for breakfast every day, just as it was boring to not have fruit at all for 2 weeks.
- If you’re going to do this, be wise about it. Be sure to get enough protein, drink lots of water, and have a good plan or idea on what you’re going to eat for the 2 weeks.
Also, if you’re going to go to parties, where tasty treats will inevitably be offered, be sure to have a full stomach before you go.
- After getting through these 2 weeks, I feel like I can do just about anything. Supposedly, sugar is more addictive than cocaine. And I was pretty addicted to the stuff (sugar, that is!) So, if I can do this, anyone can, and I feel like with God, I can do anything I set my mind to.
And lastly, I’m looking forward to having a yummy (and healthy) fruit smoothie for breakfast tomorrow!