Monday, March 14, 2011

I love my family more than sugar...

Starting one week from today, I am going for it. I'm going completely sugar free for three months. At least that is my plan. Who thinks I'm crazy, raise your hand.... I see some hands. Who wants to join me!?!? Do I see just one hand??

Why? Why am I going to torture myself like this? Because I need to. I have a couple of really tired adrenal glands. Adrenal Fatigue. I'm not just making it up, I was tested a while ago. I'm just now taking it serious. I've done some research and I've found that sugar is a main contributor to this problem. Why am I waiting until next week? I wasn't prepared to do this and I'm not that strong yet. I have to mentally prepare, and "grocerially" prepare.

So, no processed foods at all. I will be eating meat, eggs, nuts, some veggies, and a granny smith apple with almond butter once a day for a snack. I have to eat protein every two hours. And I'm taking a vitamin b12 supplement once a day and L-Theanine once every 4 hours. The L-Theanine is a free-form amino acid found in Green Tea. It will help teach my body to calm the heck down. To not react to every little thing like it's the end of the world. And the b12 is for energy. I'll be going to bed early, drinking LOTS of water, and trying to just hang loose and have fun. I'm not gonna lie, this is going to be the hardest thing I've ever done. Including the just hanging loose. I don't hang loose. I nervously flit around. Ask anyone who's ever come to "hang out". Do I sit down? EVER? At the end of the three months, we'll see were I'm at in healing these adrenals and go from there.

You maybe wondering at this point, what do symptoms of adrenal fatigue look like. There is a LONG list, but here are some that I have:

*Waking up not feeling rested
*Craving sugar (whimper whimper)
*Sensitivity to light, sound, touch, movement
*Irritability and impatience
*and many more but this list is already long enough...

Here is a link to one of the bizillion articles that I've found.

What are your adrenal glands? They are two small glands that sit on top of the kidney's and they produce different hormones. When we eat sugar our bodies release insulin. Too much sugar means too much insulin. Too much insulin means low blood sugar. When our blood sugar drops our adrenal glands release cortisol. It gives you a boost of energy. The problem with sugar is that we consume SO much of it, that our bodies are pumping out WAY too much insulin and our blood sugar is then constantly too low. Therefore our adrenal glands are working over time to produce cortisol and eventually are fatigued. Alongside of them being fatigued, they are working so hard to produce that cortisol they end up neglecting their other jobs. Which are other producing other hormones that we need!

We end up, like myself, in a constant state of fight or flight or just plain exhaustion. There is no in between for me. I am either AARRHGHGHGHGHH!!!! Or I'm zzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZzzzzzz. The smallest of things can cause me to flip out. The dogs nails as they walk across the floor will make me look like Donald Duck having his worst fit. That is not normal. My kids coming up to hug me or hang on my leg, I look like Bruce Lee trying to defend myself because I just cannot be touched. That is not normal, nor is it fair to my family.

And there is more to worry about besides all of these little weird things about me that sort of get in the way of "life". Leaving these poor adrenals in the condition that they are in can and most likely will lead to disease later on. I love my sugar. I do. But it's just not worth it. I love my family more than sugar. I will be repeating this phrase by the hour the next three months.. and probably longer. I love my family more than sugar.

I love my family more than sugar......


  1. I love your blog. I am also going back off sugar. I was off for several months and it made a diff for me. I was told I could have sug again but it's to hard for me to be back on sug and hold back. Then you start eating a lot of things that just are not good for you. I also find myself cheating on gluten. It's best for me to just stay away from sugar all together, except for the fruit I eat and then you have to be careful with that. Some fruit has a lot of sugar. Thanks for all of the research you do and for getting it out for others to read and then decide what to do with the information.

  2. I love my family more than sugar too. I'm doing the challenge with you! Here...we...GO!!!!