Oh, dear. I have fallen off the wagon big-time. I did such a great job during my 30-day challenge, felt great, lost some weight....but once those 30 days were up I fell right back into my old habits. I have been totally overboard on the sugar. I've been really stressed out with work and starting school and have been hitting the sugar like crazy.
It's actually so bad that I think I may have a candida overgrowth. I can imagine what's going on in my body...no refined sugar or flour for a month, things are humming along rather nicely...then my system gets a double shot of the white stuff and stress. I did some research online on candida overgrowth (a lot of sites call it an "infection," but I prefer to think of it as a "yeast party") and I have a lot of the symptoms. I won't go into detail, because many of the symptoms are quite embarrassing--however, I will cop to the "sensitivity to fragrances and/or other chemicals," "sinus inflammation," and "cravings for sweets." (My husband will probably be quick to point out the symptom of "cognitive impairment.")
There are also a lot of crazy candida detox diets on ye olde internets, but I will not be doing any of those. (Seriously, cutting out absolutely everything except meat, eggs, and low-glycemic veggies? Hmm, what would I be able to eat? Lettuce?) I am thinking about going back on my sugar detox, as one month was not enough to learn my lesson (I can just hear my husband now), and also watching the amount of vinegar I eat, since I do love my balsamic.
However, I've found that it's really hard to be vegan and completely sugar free. And I have been doing fairly well on the vegan side of things...in fact, I've stuck to my goal of only eating meat with my family--this week I haven't eaten any meat since Sunday. And in the long run, I think it's more important to not eat animal products than it is not to eat sugar. Maybe someday I'll get there....when I'm out of grad school, my little boy is older, and I have my own chef....(kidding on the last one, but seriously, what busy young professional mother doesn't want her own chef? Hmm...maybe once my little guy is old enough to use the stove and knives I can make him my own personal chef. The kid does love to cook with me.)
Speaking of my little guy...a few days after he pondered the fate of lobsters at the grocery store, I pointed out a cricket on the sidewalk to him. And do you know what my sweet little boy did? He lifted up his foot to stomp on it! I was horrified. I yelled, "Nooooo!" and moved him away before he could follow through. My husband about died laughing at the look on my face. We are going to have to have a serious talk entitled, "You Only Squish Inside Bugs, Or Yell For Mommy And She Will Capture It And Take It Outside."