Sugar, You’ Haven’t Been Sweet To Me

One of the biggest issues I have had the past year is controlling my sugar intake. I used to never crave sugar, ever, but the past year working in the  office has been detrimental to my health.  I have  spiraled into this dark binging behavior of indulging in a  sweet treat(s) almost everyday and I’m now seeing the repercussions.

The employees here are absolutely huge on sweets. Their  primary duty in the office is to make sure our supply never gets low. Everyday I will find a box of Russian chocolates, Lindt truffles,  Medovik honey cake, cupcakes, muffins, brownies, Gharadelli Squares.

Now I’m not trying to blame anyone for the bad habits I acquired, but I do blame some for being  enablers. :0

The Beginning

My bad habit started the minute I came in on December 8, 2014. I was in really good shape and I had this great amount of energy. I rarely ate refined sugar, so the minute I was greeted with an unlimited supply of cupcakes and chocolate truffles, I looked at it as a way to spoil myself. But soon enough I became condition to treating myself with Lindt Truffles whenever I was bored or craved it , I would take one, which turned into 2 or 3 or 5 a day.. I was eventually eating an average of 4-5 a day, and I began to eat them because it was habit and when the candy got switched. to  Ptichye Moloko, a stable Russian chocolate, I got even more immersed in my binge eating.

These were the new addiction for me. They are small individual  chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue  that come in different flavors,  like lemon, marshmallow, raspberry, vanilla, etc.  The problem with this is that they were so small and light I could easily eat 10 or more in one sitting without realizing, and 10 of those adds up to at least 60 grams of sugar. Plus sitting for about 7- 8 hours a day,  I was asking for trouble.

I was easily taking about 60-70 grams of sugar in one sitting at least 5 days out of the week, i’m not even including weekend indulging. So I easily was  adding  an extra 325 +grams of sugar into my diet a week for the last year, that I didn’t need. This may or many not come for a shock to you but

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are (7):

4-grams-of-sugar

Let me remind you i was averaging I’m sure an easily 70 grams a day thats about 5 Krispy Kreme donuts., something my body was not used to prior to my job, and my days are  spent about 7 hours sitting plus  2 hours commuting ( 1 hour each way from and to work.) The repercussions have been hitting me pretty hard. My body wasn’t taking this in lightly. I was tired, sluggish, and breaking out.

 

Daily Sugar Treats at work

These treats can literally be found almost everyday if not certainly every week. Who can say no to mini Misha Cupcakes =( . I averaged three in one sitting, every time they were available to me.

 The Aftermath

By April 2015, four months into my daily sugar binge I was seeing that my health was seriously deteriorating. This was me before  the sugar binge

Pre-sugar binge body
Pre-sugar binge body

Here I am now:

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And here’s my face. I have had  this permanent acne around my mouth that flares up when  I eat more sugar or stress out, and its been here for months now. It’s only appeared

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Beside the physical changes that creeped up one me, I felt alot worst on the inside. I was so sluggish, so tired, I always wanted to crash towards the end of the day, ALWAYS THIRSTY and the most alarming part of all this my periods were becoming so unbearable. I couldn’t go to work when the time came. This was not like me. I was never on the pill, but I noticed that when it came for the time of the month  I would break out in sweat, get extremely light headed and get loss of vision  hours before my menstruation. On top of that i had unbearable breast pain. In September 2015  I decided I couldn’t take this any much longer , so I went to my gynecologist .

He requested I get my thyroid and vitamin b levels checked and sugar. I tested negative for thyroid, but I became positive with diabetes 2 at my age It was the last thing I expected because I considered myself primarily pretty healthy. It was just a wake up call to stop being so negligent to myself. I am not in any way paranoid over this diagnosis I am a bit shocked, it came so to me so quickly, but it does run very strong  on both sides of my families. My grandmother , father, and  three of my aunts have it.

So as I read more into this,  all the changes my body is going through is really hormonal imbalance because of my fluctuating sugar levels.  You can read more  here:

Women and Diabetes 

So after the diagnosis it all made sense, the painful periods, the permanent acne, the lethargy, swelling in my mid section and who knows maybe my drastic  hair loss ( that will be in another blog post)  were all related to my elavated sugar levels.

I did an evaluation on my weekday lifestyle and this is what it looked like for the past year ( 360 days):

  1. Increased my daily sugar intake by about 200% daily value.
  2. Sat 8 hours a day for 5 days. Getting up maybe every 1-2 hours to get water.
  3. Reduced my water intake. Drank an average of  3-4 cups daily. My water to sugar ratio was extremely low.
  4. I barely excreted sweat, I was literally walking maybe 10 minutes day. To my car, to my office, back to my car.  Once I did get home all I wanted to do was sit because of how tired I felt.

I hate the office life.

Anyways, I know I should’ve been proactive the minute I found out, but again I wasn’t and just let it slide. Since I started my first blog post, I am more determined than ever to really help myself . I only have one life and I want to enjoy every second in a healthy and energized state.  I made the vow to start cutting off all unecessary sweets and then moderate refined carbohydrates.  I am totally cutting off refined sugars and flours and eating natural sugars from vegetables and fruit when needed. I will keep you up to date in future blog post.My goal is  to go thirty days without adding any extra refined sugar into my diets in hopes It will:

  •  Get rid of my acne around my mouth
  • Shrink my waist line
  • Reduce Menstrual cramps

It will be one of the toughest battles I will have because sugar is literally like a drug to me. If I get left alone  just want to eat all the sweets I see and then I feel so guilty for doing it and obsesses over it.

I know this is going to be a lifestyle change not a temporary one. I will update you on my status in a future blog post.

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