05 June 2012 @ 04:54 pm
Day 35 with no sugar  
I have had odd cravings. Like pineapple juice. I used to hate pineapple juice as a kid, and only barely tolerated it as an adult. Sour and bitter, I found myself wanting it really bad. The store was out, so I ended up getting a "sugar-free" (fruit juice from concentrate) orange/banana/pineapple.

I drank two glasses, and probably only needed 1.5 glasses as my craving satiated, I suddenly really hated pineapple juice again. Man, I got a whole half a carton left.

In 35 days, I have only had a few HFCS/refined sugar bumps, and I feel a little lost as I didn't expect to get this far, or if I did, I expected to be miserable like the last mile of a marathon. But still no real significant cravings, and no fantasies about eating brownies or anything. I was going to post something funny there like, "hot gooey brownies smothered in hot chocolate and ice cream and cookie dough..." in some angst-fueled frustration with exaggerated adjectives ... but it made me feel a little ill. That's... a little weird for me.

What next? 60 days? Then what? Why am I doing this?

Still the biggest thing is finding things that taste good with no sugar. For instance: sugar free ice cream is simply horrible. I have tried many brands, and they either have no taste or are just drab and awful. It's not the aspartame or sucralose that does it for me, it's... just taste and mouth-feel. Sugar free chocolate candy is equally as bad.

I think diet food is what makes people stop diets more than anything. I have this theory that people diet less to get better, but more to punish themselves. Like they say, "I am trying to lose weight," but think, "Fatty fat fat fat loser I hate you..." and that is reflected in diet food. Well, it's just a theory.
 
 
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Liz Schechterladysmith on June 5th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
There is a brand of frozen non-dairy dessert that I like -- it has more of a sorbet consistency, which I wasn't expecting the first time I had it. But the flavors are good, and it is sweetened with a little sugar and monk fruit. (I'm allergic to artificial sweeteners, and even stevia will trigger the allergy unless I use it cold).

The brand is Arctic Zone, and the best flavor I've had to date is the Maple Vanilla.
fey strangerfeyandstrange on June 6th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine has been on a no-sugar diet for some time now; she's found some great recipes for sweet things made with honey. Of course, that would require having an ice cream maker.

Go you for making it this far! It's a pain in the butt to eliminate a major food ingredient. Does it seem to be helping your health any?

It does seem like a lot of diet food is pretty yucky. But the best diets seem to involve an awful lot more time spent cooking and shopping, and if I had that kind of energy I might not be eating frozen dinners, Lean or otherwise.
punkwalruspunkwalrus on June 6th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
> A friend of mine has been on a no-sugar diet for some time
> now; she's found some great recipes for sweet things made
> with honey. Of course, that would require having an ice cream maker.

I have an ice cream maker. Somewhere in my appliance graveyard.

> Does it seem to be helping your health any?

Not affecting it one way or another. It's been seamless.

> But the best diets seem to involve an awful lot more time
> spent cooking and shopping, and if I had that kind of energy
> I might not be eating frozen dinners, Lean or otherwise.

I am in the same boat. Having a specialized diet in a world made for convenience over health is a serious drawback. You and I both have vegetarian friends. I don't know how they do it.
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