Confessions of a Sugar Addict – Part 2
I have been sugar free now for 7 weeks and actually can’t believe it myself! Me? The chocolate craving sugar addict? I never thought I would actually try to attempt this till the day I sat in my doctor’s office while she discussed my Candida test results with me.
Most of us only hear about candida when dealing with some not-so-fun female issues. Yet the yeast overgrowth can happen in different areas of the body including the mouth and throat. It creates an imbalance in the gut which effects the way we are able to absorb nutrients, and that’s a big one!
Candida is very often misdiagnosed or overlooked by doctors, and it can be tricky to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Good indicators of possibly having candida issues are strong sugar or carb cravings. Yeast overgrowth symptoms can include:
- digestive issues including bloating, constipation and diarrhea
- trouble concentrating, ADD/ ADHD symptoms
- mood swings, anxiety, depression
- feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- auto immune disorders including ulcerative colitis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and more
- skin problems including eczema, psoriasis, hives and rashes
Going Sugar Free
So, here I am in my forties and trying to let go of sugar for the first time in my life… And guess what: It worked!
How? Part of it was being curious and having fun with trying some amazing sugar free recipes! I will share my faves with you.
Being sugar free has never been this easy, as there are now different sweeteners on the market that are not linked to health risks like aspartame. I have been baking with stevia and small amounts of xylitol, and there are quite a few other options available once you start looking for them.
Moderation is key here! Don’t overdue any kind of sweetener and a great option after the initial cleanse is to use bananas, honey, maple syrup and other natural ingredients to sweeten your baking.
Plus another well kept secret I discovered on my sugar free quest: There are supplements that can help with those sweet cravings: My doctor recommended 5-HTP (a free form amino acid). It’s a relative inexpensive supplement that can take the edge of while transitioning into the sugar free zone.
Funny thing after being sugar free for 7 weeks, everything starts tasting really sweet and pretty much too intense for me. Seems like my taste buds are changing and possibly reversing back to it’s original state that they’re supposed to be (before the food industry turned us into sugar addicts from youngest age on by adding it to cereal, yoghurt, bread, juices, salad dressings and almost everything else).
I ordered an almond latte last week with unsweetened almond milk, and the barista served me a sweetened one instead. It tasted so intense that I actually didn’t enjoy it!
What else happened over the last weeks? Did I notice any other changes?
Yes! I feel more clear and focused than I have in years, the brain fogginess is pretty much gone. My energy level went up as well, as I’m not riding the blood sugar train anymore. I would say that my overall well-being has increased and of course the nice side effect of maybe loosing a few extra pounds. If you’re interested in the long term effects that sugar has on our health (the amount that most of us are getting accustomed to today), check out my blog “Confessions of a Sugar Addict – Part 1”.
Sugar free for the rest of my life?
I am not quite sure yet. First I thought there is no way and I couldn’t wait for the cleanse to be over. Now that I feel so much better, I believe I will mostly stick to the concept. That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to treat myself to a nice piece of cinnamon apple pie after a special dinner or have an ice cream with my kids this summer. But I’m aiming to stay sugar free in my daily life, as it seems to get easier week by week. Plus my homemade, delicious and sugar free recipes seem to do the trick!
Is the Candida Cleanse right for you?
Talk to a Nutritionist or Naturopath about how to be tested for Candida, as there are multiple steps involved like adding a potent probiotic to your diet, as well as anti fungal supplements. Plus do your own research and google sugar free recipes: You will be surprised how many delicious ones are out there. Stay tuned for my faves coming up!
~ Yulia Sauter