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Sugar-Free Me

Saturday, February 04, 2017

This month I'm aiming for a sugar-free month.

I went sugar-free for an entire year about 35 years ago. I was vegetarian at the time and even though there is no animal protein in sugar, I had read the book "Sugar Blues" by William Duffy and was convinced it should be avoided. (I should read that book again!) Anyway, I had also learned that sugar suppresses your immune system, so the children and I ate no sugar for 12 months. My grown kids still haven't forgiven me, but maybe in another decade or three they'll get over it.

During that year, my son, who was 5 at the time, was badly bitten by a neighbor's dog. He had a gash in his scalp about 5" long and all the way down to his skull. The doctor who stitched him up said that 100% of dog bites get infected, and this was particularly worrisome because an infection in a head wound could affect the brain. In spite of the doctor's prediction, my son's wound did not get infected, and I have always believed it was due to not eating sugar for the months before the incident.

Although I know all this and more (from reading that book) I still have a hard time resisting the siren call of sugar, hence the decision to try to avoid it completely for a month. I just completed day four (successfully, so far) and I have amazed myself at the number of food items avoided that I would normally have eaten without much thought. It is making much more mindful about what I spend my calories on.
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  • TIGERSPEECH
    yes to your post! I don't add sugar to food and very rarely eat processed foods with sugar ( that special dinner for birthday or anniversary may include key lime pie or cheesecake) I can tell a difference in how I feel and don't have the sugar highs and lows in a day. I'm working on getting back "in the zone" with exercise. good for you. thanks for the inspiration.
    1150 days ago
  • TERRACOTTAGE
    Sugar is also cancers favourite food... emoticon emoticon
    1159 days ago
  • ERIN_POSCH
    congrats on your 4 day sugar-free success. I'm sure you will find it easier as the month progresses.
    1286 days ago
  • ADARKARA
    I'm pretty sure that doctor was wrong about 100% of dog bites getting infected. That's a blanket statement if I've ever heard one. However, maybe 35 years ago we thought this was true.
    1287 days ago
  • ALIHIKES
    I am also trying to go sugar free (well, at least I have succeeded in drastically reducing sugar). So far I am feeling better!
    1287 days ago
  • ALTJESSICA2010
    So does that include fruit? Where do I find good info on how to do this?
    1287 days ago
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