Sugar. That single little word may cause more contention amongst humans that many other words used today. Does eating sugar actually hurt you? Could you live your life without sugar? Is it necessary for survival? Does it actually cause you to get fat or does fat make you fat? Is sugar the new heroin? Could you really go a year without sugar?
The Year of No Sugar follows Eve and her family as they sort of live without sugar. While the facts over sugar were helpful and insightful, I found that her “experiment” did not actually occur. They had a monthly dessert made with full sugar, the kids were able to eat all sorts of sugar-filled snacks at school, and they ate their way through Italy not bothering to ask if something contained sugar. The title is misleading in the sense that they really did not have a year of NO sugar.
Did they eat less sugar? Yes! Did they become more aware of the effects of sugar on their bodies? Eve did but she did not write about the experiences of husband and two daughters. It would have been helpful to hear about how the others felt with and without sugar.
Did they return to eating sugar? YES! After all of that research and facts about what sugar does to your body, they all returned to eating sugar. Are they really eating less sugar? Doubt it. Sugar is addictive. Some even refer to sugar as legal heroin. Sugar acts like a drug in your body. You are always looking for more. Maybe at the time of writing the book they ate less sugar than before their year of “no” sugar. Overall the book was insightful and a mix between fiction and non-fiction. The title was completely misleading as a non-fiction book.
After starting the vertical diet and noticing significant improvements in my physical and mental health, I eliminated the once a month maple syrup on homemade sugar free almond pancakes about three months ago. I held onto the honey until reading this book. If my body cannot tell the difference between honey and regular sugar then honey is not helpful to my body. For the whole month of April, I will be living without honey.
Since I gave up sugar, powdered sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and all of sugar’s aliases when I found out about my food allergies and gut issues over 8 years ago, all I have left in my diet is honey. Let us see how this goes. Eve’s research convinced me that sugar does in fact play a part of high blood pressure. My grandmother with high blood pressure was a sugar addict and enjoyed chocolate and ice cream daily. My other grandparents did not have high blood pressure. Is high blood pressure genetic or could eliminating sugar eliminate the high blood pressure?
Day 1: Woke up and found a plain glass of water on the counter rather than my honey infused water. I was thoroughly convinced that plain water on an empty stomach would cause me to vomit. I drank a whole cup of water first thing in the morning as I swallowed my high blood pressure bills. The water did not in fact bother me one bit. Adios old narrative in my mind. I practiced my usual morning yoga and found that my mind felt clearer. My body was working perfectly in the digestive sense that food went in, got processed, and left without any issues.
The minimalist in me loves this idea of not eating honey. It’s one less thing on my grocery list. One less thing to store. Plus if it doesn’t spark joy or help fuel my body then what’s the sense on consuming it.
This April experiment was really spurred on by the simple fact that I would also love to remove the high blood pressure pills that I’m taking. If my grandmother had high blood pressure and then a stroke all because of sugar, than no thank you. I’m fairly certain that my month without sugar won’t be an issue. I have a whole lot of motivation and reason to quit.
If it’s on the internet, it has to be true. Right? What are your thoughts about my experiment? Want to join me? Feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat. I would love to hear what you think.