My dear compadres, I have come to a horrible, most dreadful, immensely desperate decision. It is not popular, it is highly scoffed by most, and shall not receive the accolades presented to Olympic champions. It is a difficult road I face with this decision – one that can only be tread by the bravest and most courageous of men.
Most do not survive. Many succumb to the fate of the enemy. But, I must face it. I must. For myself and for others.
My decision is to go sugar-free in September.
*gasps rise from the other side of the computer screen*
Yes, there it is. I have said it. The truth is out there. And now that I have told you, I must do it. Or I will be embarrassed. And no one likes to be embarrassed.
BUT, I also have an invitation for you! Hey, here’s an idea —- Why don’t YOU do it with me???
*gasps, mummerings, sighs, and cries of agony rise from, again…, the other side of the computer screen*
Come on, guys and gals. It can’t be that bad… right?
I have done this sort of this before and survived. In fact, I felt better quite soon afterward. So, in thinking about this post today, which has been on my calendar for a couple of months, and kept getting pushed back week by week (mainly because I kept eating sugar-filled treats and didn’t want to be a hypocrite), I thought, What the heck! Why don’t we just make this into a whole month challenge?! We can call it “No Sugar September” – like “No Shave November” but more hygienic. 🙂
Here are the guidelines I’m setting for myself. Feel free to shift and create your own guidelines.
– Stay a part of the “No Sugar September” event page, encouraging & being encouraged.
– Have no refined sugar for one full month, from September 1 to September 30.
– Pay attention to packaging nutrition facts to insure no sugar enters my body, my temple.
– Continue a mindset that after September, I will continue to live a sugar-free lifestyle.
– Take the Sugar-Free posts on this blog to heart as a way to spur me on to freedom!
– Keep a record of how I feel before and after, to be used later as inspiration for staying sugar-free.
– Gather and keep a toolbox to use when the urge strikes! Include:
o Fruit (limited to two servings a day)
o Sugar-free (sweetened with xylitol, stevia, or coconut sugar) chocolate
o Sugar-free (sweetened with xylitol, stevia, or coconut sugar) chocolate milk
o Foods or supplements/vitamins containing Glutamine and other amino acids
o Protein Powder (sugar-free)
o A list of what I can do when I feel a sugar urge
o My food diary
I’d like to explain my reasons for doing this, and encourage you to find your own before we begin. There are still two days until September. Reflecting can help us.
As you have probably already divined, I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), which I have struggled with for the past five years. There was a period of about two years when I was able to teach. And the truth is that one of the huge reasons I was able to work during that time was that I cut out sugar, gluten, and dairy completely… and also coffee. But, I don’t want to deal with getting off coffee again right now. It’s just too much… too much…
Because I’ve been getting worse again, it’s obvious I need to get off sugar again. I had a couple of weeks last month when I was able to do this, then I started it up again. I need help. We all need help to get off sugar, I think. It’s a very difficult task that I’ve been researching quite a bit about lately. I was reminded last night at our friends’ engagement party how important it is to eat what nourishes you – not what destroys you.
I’m tired of being tired. I’m tired of feeling sick after I eat things that hurt me. But I am held captive by them and I want to break free.
Throughout the month of September, we’ll be doing a series of posts to help you along – to help me along, as well as a week on Eating Disorders, including binge eating. We’ll talk about taking care of ourselves- why sugar is killing us, why getting off sugar helps us, how to cope with being sugar-free.
So, I give you this invitation that seems like a mountain: How about it? “No Sugar September”, here we come!