We DID it.
After 30 days of low-sugar eating, Javier and I celebrated with blizzards from Dairy Queen, Reeces cups, and Gummy bears. Also, I made cookies…
I hit my goal of reducing the amount of sugar I consumed for 30 days.
I don’t feel like I lost any weight, although a friend told me I was looking trim.
I don’t feel like my skin or energy levels improved, though Javier’s skin has cleared up since the start of the reduction and he lost 1lb.
Honestly, overall I did not feel any of the magical changes people generally say will come with lowering your sugar intake. Maybe this is because I didn’t pull at Whole 30 and give up dairy and gluten, or maybe it’s because I allowed for wiggle room.
But you know what? I don’t really care.
I started losing my steam for this reduction as life stressors kept piling on. It wasn’t all that hard to give up sugar until things got stressful. In my personal life, my professional life. That’s when I grew the most frustrated, because sugar was an easy comping mechanism and suddenly I didn’t have that. So, if I’ve learned anything, it’s that for me sugar is definitely something I turn to for comfort.
I guess I could say I’m proud that I stuck to it, but what I mostly feel is relief that it’s over.
Some of my friends have told me I’ve inspired them by taking on these 30 days, but really, I can’t say I’d recommend doing the same. If you want to do it, to see how your body reacts, go for it! As for me, I’m quite happy to be enjoying my sugar (in moderation) once more.