I must begin by saying this: sugarless coffee ain’t bad. It ain’t great either but it ain’t bad. My mum gave me the Senseo coffee machine we’ve had sitting around forever when I went back to college this semester and it’s been an absolute god-send. The only problem I’ve ever had with it is the fact that coffee pads have to be ordered from Amazon, and that week long wait I usually end up doing because my planning ahead skills aren’t that great is absolute torture, and I usually give in to Starbucks or Coffea. I can never replicate a caramel macchiato or mocha however…. How they do it will continue to be a mystery to me. But the point is, sugarless coffee is indeed drinkable.

I kind of died this afternoon. I had the last egg from my fridge and coffee with milk for breakfast, and let me tell you that is not enough. By the time I made it to the grocery store around 4 in the afternoon I felt like I was actually starving. And so I bought a lot of food. And ended up paying too much. Damn. 

When I came back from the grocery store (a damn long walk when you’re carrying so many fruits and veggies) I think I started eating “lunch” before I even fully unpacked. It consisted of a quarter head of lettuce (I kinda just bit into it), carrots, hummus, and peanuts. And while this sounds like a pretty decent lunch, and filled me up for a while, 2 hours later I was already pretty hungry again. 

While shopping I found a little bit of a problem with carbs, especially bread products: they all contain sugar. Reading the ingredients of these products was pretty disheartening to be honest. I should have known this in advance. I bake bread myself sometimes, and what you learn quite quickly is that yeast needs sugar to metabolize and turn into carbon dioxide. Which means that either you have a flat bread, or you put sugar in it. I’ll figure out later what kinds of carbs I can safely eat but for a little while, I’m playing it safe. And that means no breads. *sighs out of frustration* I suppose this may be a good thing. Refined carbs do break down into sugars during digestion, so they’ve got the potential to be pretty much the same thing. Keeping them out of my diet for a little while may be exactly what I need. 

Let’s get down to how I’m feeling today: not all too great. I’ve had a light headache for a while now, and my mind isn’t very focused. I’m having mixed feelings about wanting to sleep or eat or just browse the internet. Earlier in the day I felt pretty normal, which was nice because I had one last exam to take before break started. But now I’m exhausted and I want to collapse on my bed and pass out. I’m probably going to do just that. I’ve heard that day 2 is worse, and day 3 is worst. So this little bit of a start is… a promise for greater things ahead. Ugh. Right now I’m not exactly craving sugars as much as bread. I’m sure it’ll be like that for a while. This pamphlet I was reading about an aptly named “21 Sugar Detox” says “sometimes feeling worse means your are actually getting better.” Again: great things lie ahead. The pamphlet also provides this lovely little list of “negative symptoms” for the cleanse: 

  • Headaches
  • Flu / Cold-like symptoms / Chilling
  • More emotionally sensitive
  • Lethargic / Low energy
  • Diarrhea/ Constipation
  • Gas / Bloating
  • Body odor / Bad breath
  • Skin breakouts / Rashes
  • Irritable
  • Sporadic sleep
  • Old memories / emotions resurfacing
  • Mucus drainage

Joy. Of this list, I’m a little bit sensitive, I’m definitely lethargic, and I’m expecting the sleep I get this evening and night to be “sporadic” as they put it, and not extremely deep. The headaches exist, but I’m not quite sure where they’re coming from and this detox is a pretty good guess. I’ve just started my period as well, so that’s probably exaggerating some of what is normally felt anyway. I can’t say I’ve had any of the others yet. I might just bring back this list in the days to come to monitor the rest of them.

On the plus side, we’ve got: 

  • Fat loss
  • Less bloating
  • Clearer skin
  • Less craving for sugar / food
  • Increased sense of taste (healthy food starts tasting better)
  • Increased energy
  • More consistent energy
  • More regular bowel movements
  • Increased sense of wellbeing
  • Elevated mood/less depression
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Better sleep
  • Old memories / emotions resurfacing

I’ve yet to see any of these positive symptoms, but this is only Day 1 and I still need to approach the mythical three-day hump. The fat loss I’m most definitely looking forward to. My body is at a point where my fat isn’t unhealthy, but my shape still has a lot of improvement that needs doing. I can’t say I monitor my cholesterol any, and the rest of these things are just a wait-and-see. The memories are a peculiar little piece that I’m the most curious about. Is this because of the generally heightened emotional sensitivity?

These symptoms are also strangely the same things that occur when on a fast. I’m curious to see how fasting compares to this type of detox, to be honest. And I’m curious as to whether or not the similar symptoms seen while water-fasting are because of sugar deprivation or food deprivation as a whole, and how these two relate. More research needs to be done! And perhaps one day I’ll try a water fast on, although the idea is incredibly daunting and doesn’t have quite the same appeal as eliminating sugar does.

The prescribed 21 days of this plan seem like an extremely long time to be rather out of social circles that include drinking and ice cream and general sugar-laden socialization. I’ll see what happens when I hit day ten and decide whether or not to continue, but I love my friends and I love food bonding and I’m not sure I’m willing to compromise that kind of thing. I’m guessing day 11 is going to start out with a sugary coffee drink and a cookie.

For food inspiration I’m turning to vegan and paleo blogs. For tonight’s dinner I’m eating this: http://thepaleodiet.com/weekend-warrior-omelette/ Hopefully it’ll turn out pretty awesome.