Say Hello To My New Friend

by Bill Brenner on May 18, 2011

One of the great things about writing this blog is that it puts me in touch with some cool people. Yesterday was one of those days. Meet my newest friend, David Vanadia.

He contacted me yesterday after seeing my post about how flour and sugar nearly destroyed me. It turns out he was a sugar addict who gave it up in 2005 and has been blogging about it ever since.

Check out the blog, Sugar Blog: Stop Being Sweet, HERE.

While sharing his background with a sugar addiction, he goes a step further and offers some concrete activities for those who want to cut the sugar from their lives. There’s a Weekly Sugar Challenge, for example.

I’m going to enjoy the hell out of his blog. And soon, he’ll be talking to me about the effect of sugar on OCD. When that happens, I’ll stare y’all to it.

I particularly love his page called “Why Quit Sugar?” because he sums up my own experiences in simple bullet points:

When I eat sugar I:

• Feel drowsy
• Can’t make decisions
• Can’t wake up easily
• Sleep heavier
• Stay up late at night
• Act moody
• Am more gassy
• Am more thirsty
• Crave sweets
• Find that my teeth ache
• Find my teeth coated with sugar
• Often have bad breath
• Feel depressed & helpless
• Only feel satisfied by sweets
• Have evil and irregular poops
• Have to nap during the day
• Lose control and crave sweets
• Need chocolate every day
• Feel bad about eating junk food

• Overeat and use food as a drug
• Get “sweaty butt
• Reward myself with sweets
• Soothe myself with sweets
• Feel like I’m in a daze
• Medicate myself with sweets
• Feel odd in my joints
• Pee alot
• Eat just about anything
• Can’t have fun without sugar
• Support the sweet system
• Spend money on sweets
• Eat out more often
• End up eating lots of chemicals
• Don’t know what is in my food
• Act hyper and annoy people
• Worry about everything
• Wake up feeling bloated
• Use sugar as an upper

When I avoid sugar I:

• Feel much more even
• Make clearer decisions
• Wake up more easily
• Sleep calmly and thoroughly
• Don’t need a midday nap
• Don’t act so moody
• Am satisfied by veggies and fruit
• Have regular and elegant poops
• Am not parched all the time

• Don’t crave sweet foods
• Don’t lose control
• Feel good about myself
• Think everyone eats junk
• Read labels more often
• Am more aware
• Often make natural foods
• Don’t feel bloated
• Feel tighter in the mid-section

When I avoid sugar for long periods I:

• Feel even and calm
• Wake up energized
• Need less and lighter sleep
• Have increased stamina
• Want to get out and do things
• Am not parched all the time
• Don’t crave processed products
• Think food products taste bad

• Am grossed out by sweeties
• Feel better about myself overall
• Feel more attractive
• Am more confident
• Want to visit the dentist
• Focus better on long-term goals
• Am a happier person overall
• Find natural food delicious

Check it out.

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