Thought I'd share my thoughts on this curious journey post chocolate and sugar in general, you might be curious, so I'll be the guinea pig.
No addict believes they're an addict. A few drinks a week turn into more than a few a day, but it's not a problem. A few kilos around the waist turns into 20-30K's, not a problem can lose it any time. My best friend for 40+ years was a combination of coffee and sugar, sugar in the guise of cakes, biscuits, chocolate accompanied for many years by highly processed inoffensive fast food meals courtesy 20 years Hungry Jacks. No problem, it's all under control, I'm not obese and pretty fit, it's all innocent fun...but.
Out of the corner of my eye I'd catch a visual info byte referencing sugar as poison, and research slamming the myth that carbohydrates are our friend and that low-fat foods are precursors to pre-diabetes and a multitude of health issues.
I'd avoid ingesting this information, I might not like what I hear, perhaps I'll cut back a bit on my admittedly bad habit. Except that's not how addiction works, you don't cut your cigarettes back from 40 a day to 20, or reduce your heroin habit. It's either burn the bridge and say good riddance or accept the journey you're on.
Anyway thought I'd 'just do it', half expecting I'd be locked in a room, with cold sweats craving my sugar drug, and yet that's not been my experience.
It's always useful to replace a habit with something distracting. Alcohol with going to the gym, food with taking up triathlons, or whatever.
I thought I'd tune in to the research about healthy eating and it wasn't what I expected. The first avenue I pursued was 'time-restricted eating', sounds crazy but hey I'm looking for a distraction.
Basically, skip breakfast and my sacred toast and marmalade. 15-18 hours between my last meal of the day and first next day. Meals move from 40% carbs to 15%, nutrition inclusive the old arch enemy fat in the form of butter, eggs, avocado and upping my protein with meat and fish.
I used to feel my blood sugar levels dip 3-4 hours after eating, sorted with a bar of chocolate, caramel slice etc, surely 18 hours without food would leave me a wreck.
Conclusion after two weeks. I'm proven wrong. Sugar cravings are zero. Reducing my carbs by 70% manifests in virtually no hunger pangs as I head to brunch around midday. Don't get me wrong my two meals are as enjoyable as ever though a little larger.
Also interesting to me, is that I can exercise pre-eating (16-18 hours after my previous meal) and feel energised. Weight loss was not really the goal, though 2.5 kilos has evaporated, the real buzz is knowing that exiting something as addictive as sugar doesn't have to come at a withdrawal price.
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