Day 4 became day 1. I bought some coconut chips at Trader Joe’s yesterday. I read the label and didn’t see any sugar in the ingredients. I got home, made a little snack with the coconut chips and instantly my mouth knew sent a message to my brain screaming, “sugar, sugar, sugar, sugar”, like kids chanting at a food fight. I ate the whole thing, which truthfully was such a small amount- maybe a thumbsize portion. But I ate it thinking, ‘this is so sweet, I wonder if there is sugar in this. But I checked the ingredients’. Interestingly instantly I said to myself, ‘I can’t have these in the house, they are too sweet and I want to eat them all’.
I go to check the ingredients (after I ate it), and sure enough – sugar. I must have read one package and picked up another. I did a lot of reading on the Whole30 website to see what I should do in regards to the plan. Everything I read says to start over. So, I am starting over in name only. Basically, I am going to add 4 days to the end. The good news is, a) I didn’t throw in the towel and eat the sugar filled delicious ice cream that is still sitting in my freezer b) I don’t think of myself as a failure, as I have in the past around overeating, etc. and c) I don’t really think it’s a big deal – so, I guess this stuff is working on my body and my mind.
Sugar is my real downfall, so having this tiny bit of control back through just 4 days of the Whole30 gives me hope. I am actually feeling better even though it’s only been 5 days of change. Detox symptoms are still happening, sweating, chills and feeling flush. But I think what is the biggest difference so far is the exhaustion is tempering off day by day. And that, I believe, is because of cutting out sugar.