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I went on a week-long sugar fast and I’ve never felt better!

Published on:9 March 2021, 17:28pm IST
They say sugar is worse than cocaine! This isn’t all hearsay because I have experienced it myself. Read on to know more about how my one-week sugar fast has helped me regain control of my health
Geetika Sachdev
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Quitting sugar has been the best decision of my life. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Who doesn’t love eating mithai and the most indulgent cheesecakes? Well, there’s no harm enjoying these treats, but what if it becomes a habit? What if you just can’t go without these foods? Well, that’s what happened to me. It was sometime last year, in the middle of the pandemic that I began to nosh on sweets every single day. Weeks turned into months, and months into one whole year! It’s not that I didn’t try to stop myself from going overboard, but I feel my willpower wasn’t as strong, and it was a vicious cycle. 

If I may say, I turned into a sugar addict. And I had to do something about it! That’s when I decided to quit sugar. There are some who believe in moving to moderate quantities, but for someone like me who can’t follow the middle path, I had to go cold turkey, which meant I had to completely eliminate sugar from my life. 

It’s only been one week, but I can’t express how this has been one of the best decisions of my life. That’s because I already see a difference. 

I feel less fatigued

Since I am a part of the media industry, I have to chase deadlines all day long! That means my stress levels are always touching the roof. In the past, every time I felt low or stressed, it was almost instinctive for me to reach out to a bar of chocolate or binge on some of my favourite chocolate-laden desserts. Sometimes, it got so bad that I would end up eating the entire tub of ice-cream. This week, I decided to stay away from anything sweet! 

The first step was to remove all kinds of sweets from my house! Trust me, my heart broke into a million pieces, but you gotta do what you gotta do!

The first two days were hard, I can’t lie. I felt so tempted to order in or just go ahead and break my sugar fast. But I was firm, and decided to just have a few sips of warm water, every time sugar cravings hit me. Guess what? It worked! 

The third day wasn’t as bad, and there wasn’t a strong urge to eat anything sweet. But what surprised me the most were my energy levels! I was juggling a million deadlines, and the last week was harder than most others, yet I was brimming with energy. What that means is that I was stressed, but not tired. I am certain if I had binged on sugar, I would have been super exhausted, because that would happen all the time! 

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It’s time to embrace the quit sugar movement. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
My skin looked healthier

I have been fortunate enough to have problem-free skin for most part of my life. But lately, I started observing dark circles, pigmentation and fine lines. For the longest time, I didn’t realise that sugar is the culprit. It’s only been a week of not consuming sugar, and my skin looks so much better! I won’t say it has magically transformed, but it doesn’t look as dull as it would. 

Imagine I would take care of my skin by following a proper routine, and I always thought maybe the products aren’t working. It is only now that I realise that it’s your internal health that reflects on your face. 

Also, did I tell you my fine lines have started reducing?  I would say it’s a miracle! I mean we don’t even realise how much harm sugar causes to our body. 

The last word

In the last week, I have felt a whole lot of differences. First of all, my bloating has gone down, my face looks a little less puffy, my energy levels have gone up, and my mood has been way better! I certainly plan to carry on with this no-sugar experiment, because I doubt my body will be able to take in copious amounts of sugar now. Neither would I want to go back to that lifestyle. 

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.