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Abstinence Eating Plan – No Sugar

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February 2010 – Abstinence Eating Plan – Go AEP!

In January, I gave up cheese.  Prior to January I would eat a lot of cheese – cheese in my scrambled eggs, cheese on my salad, cheese with an apple, cheese with nuts and wine. Cheese, cheese, say cheese.

In the end I lost 4 pounds. I thought I lost 5 pounds but I gained one pound back.  Still by not doing anything except giving up cheese — I lost 4 pounds. I’ll drink to that!

I probably gained a pound back because nearing the end of January, I decided to give up sugar for February and made sure that I got my sugars-worth.  One night I made myself an apple brown betty and ate the whole thing in two sittings. Then I ate a lemon bar for good measure. End of sugar.

I decided to go sugar free for February.

How sweet it’s not. No sugar!

This means – no desserts—pies, tarts, cookies, cake, brownies, cupcakes, crème brulee, candy, flan, etc. There shall be no fruit laced yogurt, no ice cream or frozen yogurt, no sugar, no brown sugar on my oatmeal, no sodas – diet or otherwise, no honey in my tea, no sugar free – Splenda or the likes and no low glycemic agave nectar, no alcohol drinks made with simple syrup or sugar rimmed, no coffee drinks sweetened with sugar, no hot chocolate, no sugary cereals, no mints, no lemonade, no donuts, no maple syrup…not that I ever eat half this stuff anyway. I’m sure I’ll come up with some other NOs during the month.

If I’m making pasta sauce and it calls for sugar to balance the acid, that’s okay. Pasta sauce is generally not thought of as sweet.

I can have wine, fresh fruit even dates and raisins which have natural sugar but not added sugar like dried cranberries or canned peaches in syrup. I can have dark chocolate 75 percent or higher dark chocolate.

I have a sweet tooth. Hush little sweet tooth don’t you cry. Momma’s going to make you roasted carrots.

Earlier this month, I had a bad cold for almost a week and I was drinking copious amounts of hot tea laced with Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry, lemon, and honey. The sherry ran out but I continued to drink hot tea laced with lots of honey and lemon.  Every steaming mug was like a steaming liquid dessert.

Now I’m going cold turkey on honey.

As for cheese, I’m not going to buy any for the house but will be able to eat cheese in restaurants and at friends’ houses.

Today I went to the Cheesecake Factory and watched my friend eat a piece of cheesecake.

Fortunately, Feb. is a short month.

  1. You are a braver woman than I! I’ve considered cutting out heavily-refined sugars before, but never no-sweetener whatsoever.

    It’ll be interesting to hear your progress with this, this month! Good luck!

  2. Ooh, that would be a tough one for me! I definitely have a sweet tooth. But I’m not sure how you rationalize the dark chocolate inclusion….

  3. I went on the South Beach Diet once and the first two weeks were pretty restrictive – like you – no sugar, plus no bread, etc. It was tough to do but I felt great at the end and can definitely say that my cravings were eliminated. There is something to be said for “detox”.

  4. Jennifer – thanks for the encouragement. I’ll need it.

    Edie – I can rationalize chocolate because dark, dark chocolate is an antioxidant and every body needs antioxidants.

    Mary – To me the first two weeks of South Beach Diet is so hard because there’s no sugar, no fruit, no alcohol, and no bread/rice. It’s much more difficult than what I’m doing now. But the first two weeks of South Beach are so effective, it’s worth it.

  5. Karyn, I was just reading your post and I am interested how was February with out sugar? Hope you have some positive results out of it? I’m sure it must have been tough! Did you noticed any changes in your behavior, like being more grumpy or had less patience? I have been thinking abut doing the same, but I get chinked out just thinking about it. Do you have any good advice for me? Oh, and I love your rationalization about dark chocolate. 🙂

  6. Anamaria
    I may have been more grumpy or less patience, I don’t know as it was a stressful month for me on many levels concerning what was going on in my life workwise and legislation-wise.

    Did I feel better, perhaps more healthy without sugar? No. I couldn’t tell the difference.

    Advice, one day at a time and remove sugar from your cupboards.

  7. Pure refined sugar is a drug, and a very addictive one at that.

    Experts say that over-consumption of high glycemic-index sugar is now at the top of the nutrition mistakes, and even low glycemic-index unprocessed products like potatoes have to be cut back.

    Fortunately, experts also say that sugar detox requires ONLY 30-days of sugar-free abstinent eating!

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