I have a great post for you today from Jenny at Finding the Sweet Life Again. She is going to tell you about her recent change to sugar-free. Enjoy!
On a diet, impending high school reunion, time for a lifestyle change? Why did you decide to go sugar-free? Hi, my name is Jenny, I’m a 37 year old wife and mother and I have Fibromyalgia. My symptoms started years ago but the “organized” treatments started in 2011. The medications make me feel really miserable, and let’s face it; I got to a point where really wasn’t doing such a great job in my professional life or my home life because of all of the narcotics and nerve medications I was taking to help manage the pain.
Fast forward to June 21st, I was told by an alternative care provider that she thought I was at toxic levels of sugar substitutes. I couldn’t imagine what she meant. I didn’t drink much diet soda, perplexed I thought for a few moments, and then it dawned on me, I was the queen of consumption of calorie free flavored waters. I really enjoyed them, and my family also drank a lot of sugar-free powdered drink mix. Bingo. I was put on a cleanse and instructed to drink lemon water and/or green tea daily. Lemon helps to detoxify your liver and Green Tea is a natural antioxidant. To my amazement, within a week my pain level was ½ of what it had been before. It was such a blessing. Nothing had worked so well, so quickly to give me relief of my symptoms.
This got my mind wondering; are we really what we eat? If my body didn’t like those chemicals so much that it was manifesting as pain, what else could I eliminate? Emboldened I set out on my next journey. To find out what other foods/chemicals my body might be having a reaction to. I contacted a company called Better Lab Tests Now and had the Elisa/ACT test run. It was really empowering to know that I was in charge of my body and my own medical advocate. The traditional medical community hasn’t been the answer for me so far so I was relieved to be able to take the situation into my own hands. Less than a week after I had the bloodwork done I had my results, I was praying that I wouldn’t be told to obstain from cheese (I love cheese) little did I know what a daunting task was ahead of me.
I have been told to avoid 8 items. Some for 3 months, most for at least 6. Public enemy number one on my list is SUGAR. I found out at 10:00am and by 10:01 all the sugary snacks at my desk at work had been removed. Little did I know how many products would contain sugar, molasses, honey or one of the other many names it goes by. This has been an amazing eye opener for me. Why do “they” add sugar to EVERYTHING. Mayonaise, really? It just seems odd to me. Funny, before I had only read the food labels for calories, fat, protein and fiber. I should have been looking at the ingredients. Oh well, live and learn.
What a blessing to learn I needed to avoid the substitutes as well as “real deal.” If I hadn’t found out about the substitutes first, I wouldn’t have gone for the full lifestyle change and I could be in more pain now. I am so very thankful for blogs like this one to help save me from a life of boring salads. In the beginning, I had no idea where to start, but with a spoonfullofsugarfree, I’m going to be ok.
Thought-provoking, mind prodding question of the day:
Why did you decide to go sugar-free?