Alright, I’m rolling up my sleeves now, friends. I recently had some blood work done to track the changes in my blood cholesterol since I quit eating sugar. I’ve been on a strict low-carb diet. And I say with all honesty, that I’ve been firmly sticking to it and have never once eaten sugar except that which occurs naturally such as in some vegetables. I’ve lost 20+ pounds. I feel better and healthier and look much healthier. So when I looked at my recent cholesterol results, I was hoping to see some good news.
On my lab results page that I received from my doctor’s office was a comment that said, “Excellent Chemistry _____” I couldn’t make out the last word. So I was excited to see that, though I didn’t realize that this probably referred to other tests that were done, not to my cholesterol results. Naturally, I assumed my doc was talking about my cholesterol and that the results were excellent. But my cholesterol results weren’t on this specific form. So I arranged to pick up a complete copy of my results from my doctor’s office. When I got home and looked them over, oddly, the cholesterol results weren’t included. But that was probably because the lab that checks LDL particle size also had the overall cholesterol results as well. So I logged into my online account to see if the updated lab results were available. They were. When I looked at them, I suddenly felt a sinking feeling. The results I got were disappointing. They weren’t all bad, but still, while some markers got better, some got worse and it left me wondering what went wrong.
It’s been 3 months since I quit eating sugar. In this video, I talk about getting my blood work done again. I’ll tell you about how I almost ate sugar. And I give an update on my search for low-carb bread recipes. And last, but not least, I talk about trying Quest Bars. If you prefer to read the text, keep reading for a summary.
It’s been two months since quitting sugar. In this video, I talk about my weight loss and I talk about my struggle to find the balance between convenience and eating healthy. If you prefer to read the text, keep reading for a summary.
Since I’ve become a member of this no-sugar, low-carb community, I’ve noticed something that doesn’t make sense to me. And it seems pretty wide-spread. I keep hearing people talking about “cheating” on their diets or allowing a “cheat” day, or even “cheating” as a reward for accomplishing a diet goal. So let me start by talking directly to those people.
You’re all nuts!
Okay, that may seem a bit harsh, and honestly, I still love you all. But this kind of thinking is just plain nutty to me….unless, of course, you don’t intend to eat the way you’re eating for the rest of your life. If you’re just skipping the sugar until you reach you’re ideal weight, well, good for you. That plan has worked for countless others, so of course it will work for you too! Have a nice life. On the other hand, if you’ve chosen a no-sugar diet as your lifestyle; if you’re eating this way because you want to experience all the health benefits that come with such a healthy lifestyle, than the idea of “cheating” shouldn’t be a part of it.
Okay, how about a moment of truth here? How did you all do on Thanksgiving day? Did you over eat? Did you give in and eat sumptuous desserts even though you vowed that you wouldn’t? Did you eat dinner with strong resolve and with no intention of eating sugary things, only to cave in from the pressure of not-very-nice relatives who made you feel guilty? It’s okay. The road is a long one and we’re all bound to hit some bumps now and then.
In case you’re wondering how I did on Thanksgiving and if I managed to avoid sugar, I guess it’s only fair to be honest here, even if the truth hurts….
It’s been one month since quitting sugar. In this video, I talk about my weight loss and what the biggest surprise has been about quitting sugar, also the biggest challenge. If you prefer to read the text, keep reading for a summary.