The No Sugar Club
NOT being skilled in culinary arts, my diet consists mostly of one main ingredient: sugar. Coca Cola is my lifeline and the only time I have a dinner that is not a family-sized bar of Galaxy is when I can persuade one of my gullible friends to cook for me.
So imagine my shock and horror when I heard of the latest dieting trend: no sugar. That’s right, I said NO sugar, not even a measly spoonful with your morning cup of tea. I gazed upon the facts with the revulsion, morbid curiosity and strange sense of intrigue that a mother reserves for her son’s first number two in the big boy potty. Everyone I discussed this with had the same indignant reaction: “But there’s sugar in everything!” This is not actually the case. The aim of this new diet is to eliminate anything with refined sugar, which leaves a sadly-sparse list of low GI fruits, veggies, lean meats, nuts and berries, eggs, cheeses and soy products.
Yet women all over are denying their sweet tooth, throwing out their forbidden cakes and buns, signing on the dotted line to the No Sugar Club and – here’s the kicker – actually feeling better for it.
I’m not going to lie, the process of giving up sugar entirely is not an easy one. The first time I attempted to give up chocolate for Lent I was rewarded with blinding headaches, the shakes and a drowsiness that made it impossible to do even the simplest task like tying my shoelaces (thank god for buckle boots). And the cravings: I was seeing chocolate everywhere, my pillow was a delicious gooey Mars Bar, my television a giant slab of Dairy Milk and people were walking Chocolate Fingers.
However if you have the willpower, which I sadly did not (I succumbed in an hour and devoured a four-pack of Twirls), the benefits are many. The cravings will abate, hunger pains and hunger headaches will be a thing of the past, rapid weight loss followed by steady weight loss will have you fitting in to that coveted dress in no time and your mood swings will be less frequent and possibly less violent.
All in all, going sugar-free is a surefire way to a happier, healthier and less mad self. Sign me up for a sweet tooth extraction please.
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