So when I started doing no sugar for the month of February, I think I mentioned that I got the impression some people were looking at me like a sugar-snob. I get that impression occasionally—that people think I’m a workout snob or assume I’m a health-food snob (even though that is definitely not the case).
But here’s the thing. I’m scared that taking a month off from sugar made me a bit of a sugar snob. I’ve gone without sugar before and never had this kind of reaction, but I feel so noticeably better that I don’t want to eat it. Never in my life have I wanted to choose to not eat sugar. It’s not always easy. I’m eating it sometimes and ate a TON on Easter. (Did you know Cadbury Cream Eggs are g-free?) I think the difference might be that I’ve never done it and also been gluten-free before. A lot of g-free products have added sugar, so I think I spent a year secretly eating even more sugar than I normally do. I was craving sugar daily as an afternoon pick-me-up. So giving it up made a bigger difference than normal.
I partly hope my snobbery sticks because I know my body doesn’t need processed sugar, but it is getting hard to say no. Just yesterday I bought all the fixings to make g-free Rice Krispie treats. And I’m trying to hold off until the weekend. For some reason I’ve convinced myself it’s okay to have some sugar Friday through Sunday.
But here is the truth about my snobbery. I’m only a self-imposed snob. I don’t think less of you if you have sugar. It doesn’t bother me if you eat sugar. If you ask me my opinions on sugar and how I feel it affects my body, I will tell. If you question me about it, I’d tell you it’s probably best to eat less. But I’m not going to pressure you to do so. I would try to help encourage anyone that was making a change that seemed good for them. But you need to want to make the change. Plus, I know in the past, even just this February I passed on sugar begrudgingly. The only reason I’m still sticking with it is that I feel considerably better. And for me, that is a major plus.
What feels better? I’d been feeling really achy, which in turn made me feel like I was getting older. That feeling has gone away. I’d also been feeling really week in life and particularly when I worked out, which is abnormal for me. I feel strong most of the time, and I feel strong again. I was finding it difficult to feel subtle differences and adjustments in my body, which is a major drag (and an embarrassment) when you are a Pilates instructor. My sleep has not improved, and I was hoping that would change. Maybe it’s a fluke. Maybe it’s fueled by something else entirely. Maybe in a month I’ll be eating ice cream every night, but till then, having less sugar isn’t going to hurt me a lick.