Have you ever thought about reducing, or quitting the intake of refined sugar (sucrose)? Well, so have I. In fact, there were two time in my life (years ago) when I quit, almost entirely, ingesting sucrose. I say almost because there undoubtedly were times when the ubiquity of sucrose in our food supply slipped unnoticed into my mouth.
I would like to invite you on an adventure with me. For four months, I am going to put myself on the spot by declaring my intention to quit sucrose use almost entirely, and to document the differences such a decision can make on the mental and physical well-being.
The longest I’ve ever gone without sucrose was a little over one year. You may be wondering what that was like (if you aren’t you should be). Well, here is a list of the changes I noticed during my time of abstinence from sucrose:
1) Clearer thinking
2) Greater muscle strength totally unattributable to exercise
3) Rapid weight loss with a concurrent gain in energy
4) A much-reduced need for sleep
5) Disappearance of achiness in joints, hands, feet and back
If you find these beneficial results interesting, so did I. Imagine eating less sugar (sucrose) and having more energy. That almost sounds like a oxymoron. In fact, I could hardly believe what I was experiencing!
What prompted me to undertake such an iconoclastic venture? It was not my personal brilliance; although according to my wife I do have a modicum of that. The real reason was my self-observation.
Since early childhood, my runny nose had been a not so minor source of irritation, if not outright distress. The constant throat-clearing and nose-blowing probably contributed to my early reticence to do public speaking.
I didn’t have to be the swiftest boat in the harbor to figure out that eating sweets was the main, if not only reason for my discomfort.
For those of you who don’t crave sweets, this part of the conversation is not for you. But I can guarantee that at a later time in this adventure I will introduce attention-getting concepts for you too.
CURRENT STATS: As of June 20, 2015 (about six weeks into my Adventure) my weight is now 231 lbs (down 12 pounds!). My girth only dropped 1/2 inch to 42 1/2 inches. My energy level remains high and I am becoming more limber.
JOIN ME! The first three days were the most challenging. For now, the cravings for refined sugar are pretty much gone.
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