I did it! August is almost over and I went the whole month without eating refined sugar. I ate a little natural sugar in the first week or two and then eliminated that also.
It was easier than I thought, maybe because I have been cutting back on sugar and carbs for months before this. I had cravings for the first few days, but after that, enjoying the sweetness of fruit was enough for me.
People said that I would become more sensitive to the natural sweetness in foods, and that has been very true. I squeezed a little lemon juice into my water one day and noticed a hint of sweetness along with the sourness.
I ate natural cashew butter on celery another day and did a double take. It tasted way to sweet to be natural. I read the ingredients, decided it was indeed okay and ate some more. Surely I had missed something! I read the ingredients again just to be sure, but all it contained was cashews and oil.
I have mentioned that I also cut out grains and starchy foods in the past couple of weeks. I have also limited my fruit consumption because of the natural sugars in fruit. That has heightened my sensitivity to sweetness even more.
I’m still not ready to share with you the what and why of the additional diet changes I’m making, but I will say that I have more energy and am losing weight. I lost a total of 7 pounds in August. Five of those pounds were lost in the last two weeks, and I did it without going hungry or having cravings. I hope the weight loss will continue, but the benefits I’m seeing are worthwhile even without weight loss.
For those of you who joined me this month, how did it go for you?