It has been 16 months since I ditched sugar from my life. By that I mean that I do not cook with sugar, drink or eat sugar.
Why such a drastic step you ask.
Sugar actually gave me problems.
It gave me such excruciating pain in my shoulders and neck to the point that I couldn't move my arms without being crippled with acute pain. I even saw a physician who specialised in rheumatology. I had thought I had the 3-in-1 disease which were arthritis, fybromyalgia and rheumatism. I couldn't sleep or function. I felt I was losing my mind from the pain.
It went on for years as I never suspected that sugar was the culprit.
It was only after the emergency surgery that I had two years back that I stumbled upon the possibility of sugar being the culprit.
There are times where I crave for sugar so bad that I could KILL for it!
There are times where I was so desperate that I ate something with sugar and then spat it out and rinsed my mouth many times.
I miss desserts very, very, very, very, very much.
But you see, one day after many weeks of abstaining from sugar, it suddenly dawned on me that I was PAIN-FREE! I was sceptical of course. Hence, I started eating sugar again. The pain hit me and it was so bad that I felt that I had been run over by a tanker. I stopped the sugar immediately and the pain left again after many days.
These days, I would know whether the manufacturers of certain food (chips or gluten-free biscuits) which state they do not have sugar are telling the truth. The excruciating pain would come back. And I would know that I can't buy that to eat when my tastebuds behave like a pregnant woman.
Do any of you abstain from sugar? If so, why? And what do you use as a substitute for sugar?
Do share your story.