Ok, we did a sugar fast last month, and right at the end I had a baby and kinda disappeared for a little bit.
I'm definitely still convinced that giving up sugar is the best thing for me - but it ain't easy. In the week before Korban was born, I broke my sugar fast. A few days early, but I was just so miserable that I didn't have much self control. I didn't pig out or anything, but I had a little bit of a soda and... something else. I don't remember what it was. Oh yeah, some cake at work.
Then I had a baby shower, and I ate everything there. It was partly to be polite, but mostly because, like I said, self control went out the window when I was dilated around 3cm and contracting for days....
In the hospital, I ate everything that was brought to me because I was hungry! I had just given birth, after all!
The week after, I have to admit, I really pigged out. My mom came to help, and with Mom comes donuts, muffins, ice cream, flavored yogurt, etc... I can usually hold out for a few days, and then I cave and I binge and regret it later.
You'd think I'd learn, right?
Also, several friends brought dinner, and I was really grateful... and couldn't resist the desserts they brought.
I can't really say how all that sugar made me feel this time because I was recovering from childbirth, and felt generally tired and sleep deprived, anyway.
On the bright side -
I did great on my sugar fast until about the last five days of the month. That's not so bad, considering what a crazy month it was. I learned a lot this month about how bad sugar is for us and how much more energy and mental clarity I have when I avoid added sugars.
Where do we go from here?
Well, like I said before, nothing tastes as good as healthy feels. However, I'm not one to set a rule and stick to it 100% of the time. Remember, what you do most of the time is what's important.
I will continue to remain sugar free as much as possible, with the occasional treat when I'm out and about or someone gives me a gift.
And I'll try my best to enjoy my rare sugary treat without guilt and without going overboard, either.
As a side note - the one thing I have learned about myself is this - if it's in my house, I will eat it. Partly because I don't like to waste food, but partly because, I confess, I'm a sugar addict and I just can't resist it when it's sitting in my pantry/fridge calling to me. So I have to either throw it out or share it with the neighbors after I've had a serving or two.
So, there you have it. I almost made it through my sugar fast, I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I've got to be honest, right?