Day 6 of no processed sugar, no wheat, no dairy.
(Not a complete detox, as I'm still eating fruit, and a spoonful of honey in one cup of black tea each day .... but pretty damn good for me, Ambika 'Chocolate' Chadwick!)
I have experienced some pretty crazy withdrawal symptoms. I'm surprised how much it's affected me. I had a headache for 4 days straight which didn't ease once in that time. On the 5th day, my head was a little better and I was able to go about my 'normal' activities, but I still didn't feel like myself, and still don't.
On Wednesday evening, I lay on the couch and said (or moaned) to my partner "I think I'm coming down with the flu, my joints are sore, my head hurts and I have a sore throat". I did some research the next morning and to my surprise 'flu like symptoms' are all part of it!
Sugar is a drug. Fake highs and extreme lows. So, giving up sugar (not fructose) I guess is like a drug withdrawal (although I've not experienced this myself so it's hard to compare).
Whinge time. I miss bread. Already!. I love bread. I eat bread every day and it fills me up. I'm a vegetarian, and I must say, due to my ignorance, I don't know how to fill up if I don't have either bread, rice or pasta with my food.
So i went to see the wonderful Dr Natasja Fox (TCM) privately, and after 90 minutes of asking and answering questions I walked away with a list of bloods I need to get done next week, and HEAPS of food ideas I could try to help me feel full or satisfied after meals, boost my energy, improve my skin, ease my PMS and give me the correct nutrients my body needs on a vegetarian diet.
Also, the good news is I've discovered some great food that I had forgotten about. A salad of Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, with fresh mint and dates. This has been my saving grace the past few days. YUMO!
Oh, and I purchased this ebook - http://lighterlivinghealthcare.bigcartel.com/
Here's an interesting 20 min ABC storey called 'Toxic Sugar'. I'm Not really into such a dramatised documentary myself, but I think the content is good http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3821440.htm
Until next week. Om.
The Yoga Social Team