Week 2 of sugar free for Lent!

Boy I am missing my ‘Friends’ sugar and sweetness in my life right now ๐Ÿ˜‰

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So I began to write daily notes of the experience and to compare and contrast it stopping with drinking.ย  Turns out for me it’s much the same it would seem!

Day1: Was looking for excuses to cave.ย  Went to Cash & Carry in day and spent ages deliberating over whether to buy a HUGE bar of 70% dark chocolate (told myself it was for cooking!).ย  Resisted.ย  On way home thought about taking kids to MaccyD’s – dressed up as a treat for them but just as much for me. Can’t have sugar – how about a shed load of processed food instead? Didn’t.ย  Started to feel itchy in my skin around 16.45 –ย  just like with booze.ย  Wasn’t hungry, it was almost like an emotional itch I felt the need to scratch.ย  Not sure why.ย  Ate 3 Davina digestive biscuits.ย  Same squirrellyย  feeling appeared at 20.50 but think it was because kids were up late due to half term and we hadn’t eaten so was hungry.ย  Ate a sugar free mint before bed too?!


Day 2: No honey on my toast so had to resist the automatic reach into the cupboard for the jar! Random snacking on Davina’s digestives again today – one at 14.00, 17.00 and 22.30.ย  Don’t know if it’s because I was having sugar lows as finished up home-made white raisin bread post run and had late lunch of poached egg and white muffin.ย  Having substance relapse fantasies in the evening while trying to meditate as have booked tickets for SW4 event in August and this will be the first big gig with no booze or drugs.ย  Was this because of no sugar or would I have had them anyway?ย  Another sugar free mint eaten before bed – hangover from nicotine lozenge days I reckon.

Day 3: Had to really resist the Chinese New Year ready meal selection in Saino’s today and if my son hadn’t been with me and been reinforcing the rules I think I would have caved!!ย  Really tied in with idea of treating myself and felt very deprived when I walked away from the chiller.ย  Bought fresh baby vegetables to include in home-made thai green curry instead.ย  Very late lunch and 1 of Davina’s digestives went in my mouth again afterwards.ย  Baked a batch of her flapjacks and couldn’t help but lick the spoon! Really struggled early evening.ย  Grouchy and shouty with the kids, tried to do a balance meditation to restore some equanimity but failed miserably as feel so emotionally out of balance!ย  Gah am not enjoying this one bit ๐Ÿ™

Day 4: Slightly easier day to day.ย  Only had 1 Davina digestive and 1 flapjack as after lunch and mid afternoon snack.ย  The flapjacks are very sweet and very filling so you wouldn’t want to eat too many of them in one sitting!ย  Didn’t struggle anywhere near as much as yesterday and wasn’t even looking for ways to cheat ๐Ÿ™‚


Day 5: Easier again today as my taste-buds become accustomed to less sugar.ย  Big test of the day was the local village tea which is usually a smorgasbord of cakes and this month was no exception!ย  Had very late lunch of pitta pizzas and then a Davina flapjack before I went so that I didn’t feel deprived.ย  Hmm sounds like strategies learned from other substances ….. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Day 6: Craving MaccyD’s again today but polished my halo and had California rolls instead!ย  Plus as was volunteering today planned ahead and took a Davina flapjack with me.ย  Again shades of other hangover free learned strategies coming through.ย  Had some potentially good news so was fidgety in the evening with anticipatory anxiety and wanted to mark the occasion with a treat and felt stumped as couldn’t go for my tried and tested chocolate ๐Ÿ™

Day 7:ย  Easier today.ย  No cravings as such but did eat 1 Davina flapjack after a late lunch and another one after dinner at about 9pm. ย  Plus I’ve discovered Ricola Sugar Free Swiss Herbal Sweets that are sweetened with Stevia.ย  Am I allowed these? ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Overall I’m really pleased with how I’ve done on this first week.ย  Thursday will be the big test – nerves pre-presentation at uni and then post presentation relief/euphoria and no salve for those emotions ……

PS If any of you would like to join me to see Faithless and Fat Boy Slim at the SW4 festival over August Bank Holiday and keep me sober company that would be ace.ย  Tickets are still available I believe ๐Ÿ™‚

16 thoughts on “Week 2 of sugar free for Lent!

  1. well done on your week. interesting to see your daily progress…. and avocado and poached eggs on toast for breakfast (per your link to Davina’s digestive recipe) sounds scrummy!

    keep trying to find window to watch the TED talk on your post of yesterday – hope to find a window today, tx for link xx

    1. Morning Prim ๐Ÿ™‚ Charting my daily progress take’s me right back ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can vouch for the avocado and eggs – yummmmy!! Have a good day lovely xx

  2. cannot imagine how on earth you are managing to do this too (as she wipes empire biscuit crumbs off lap). I have never gone beyond 36 hours before caving. I’m very impressed.

    1. Thanks Rachel ๐Ÿ™‚ To be fair, Davina makes it easy as you get sweet treats recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure you could do it too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Wow it does seem very similar to becoming Hangover Free! Keep up the good work! xx

    1. It is Lori – except then I had no awareness of all of this emotional stuff but now I do! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  4. Hey there! I’m curious about the specifics of what your sugar detox entails. Are you giving up all “sweet” things for Lent, including stevia? What about things that aren’t sugar but almost immediately turn into sugar in your bloodstream, like white flour? Or is it mostly just about avoiding the simple sugars?

    1. Hey SC As you say it’s avoiding simple sugars and processed foods – so wholemeal, homemade and only honey and maple syrup used in baking. No stevia I believe although I’m currently sucking a sweet which is sugar free because it contains stevia! *blushes*

  5. Lou I am so impressed!! I have a total icecream/chocolate obsession right now. I am working on the processed foods and recognise that I will have to tackle the sugar at some point. Will use some of your strategies when I am ready. Well done you xxx

    1. Thanks Kim ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t worry about sugar for now – it’ll come in time xx

  6. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cool to read this. I’m not there yet. Currently taking magnesium to do the easy road to less chocolate – I’m at 50 grams a day, 72%. And possibly more. Actually, most likely more. Denial. Check! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. No chocolate yet this week Feeling – but Mr HOF is making me some emergency chocolate brownies today made with 100% chocolate! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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