Hello, sugar. It’s good to see you again.
My 30 days of no dessert are done. Beginning today, I can eat candy and cake and other sugary goodness again.
There were a few times when not eating dessert was difficult. When I was in New York for my family reunion, there came a point when cheesecake was served after a meal. It’s hard to refuse New York cheesecake. In addition, going to people’s houses for dinner and saying no to a slice of cake felt rude. I missed being able to bake desserts.
During the second dessert-free week, I had a few days where I had headaches, perhaps because of the sudden sugar cutback.
But all in all, it proved successful. I eat most of my meals at home, and I had removed temptation by not buying sweets. When those sugar cravings came, there was no way I could binge. I ended up eating a lot of yogurt as a substitute for ice cream. The headaches subsided.
As for weight loss and improved energy, I didn’t see either of those happen. I looked and felt the same, which may have to do with the fact that I don’t consume as much sugar as the typical American. I’ve always been careful about my eating habits. Perhaps if someone who ate more desserts suddenly stopped like I did, he would experience a more adverse effect.
I thought if I made it through the 30 days, I would want to gorge myself on sugar and run after the first doughnut I saw. I’ve found that isn’t the case. I don’t need a sugary treat at the moment. I can wait.
These 30 dessert-free days showed me that it’s not a big deal if I don’t eat dessert. I can’t remember most of the foods that I turned down. After I said no, I just forgot about the cookie in front of me.
With that said, my experiment is over. I’m going to have my cake and eat it too.