Sunday, January 31, 2010

Aha!

Just a brief thought, posted late on Sunday night...

You know what? I am in the sugar fog again! I don't know how many times I have gone in and out of that haze, but at least it is getting easier to recognise. It doesn't take much to slip into this mental state... a few cookies or a piece of cake, then a few more the next day, and before I know it I am drinking sugary coffee and eating sugary cereals every single day. It sort of sneaks up on me. I notice it and then I sort of forget (part of the fog, I think).

I recognized the sugar fog today because I have spent days... weeks... just dying for some sunshine and decent weather. All I wanted in the world was to get out in the sun with a temperature above 40 degrees. I always feel SO great after I get out in nice weather, and it has been so gloomy and icky, overcast and cold that I have not gotten any sun lately. Well, today the sun came out and the temp rose to around 50 degrees! Usually I see the sun and I am bolting out the door for a walk or to do some yard work. Sun makes me happy! But today, I just glared out the window and wanted to stay inside and veg. I didn't especially care about the sun.

I did force myself out onto the deck for 5 minutes. I stood there in the sunshine. I looked at the blue sky and listened to the birds and the children playing. And that is when it hit me. I am in the sugar fog! It seemed like all my senses were dulled as I stood outside in the nice weather. It was like I was watching the world through a dirty window. THAT is the sugar fog.

Now, stalled weight loss I can live with. Being fat for awhile longer, okay. But the sugar fog? No way. I cannot live with THAT. It's a real quality of life issue, and now that I noticed what was going on with me I can fix it. It is pretty easy to fix a sugar fog. You throw out all the sugar and lay off the sweets. Within a day or two, all the colors of the world look brighter, the air smells sweeter and the warmth of the sun on your skin is a joy.

So, back out of the sugar fog I go.

19 comments:

Diana said...

Lyn, I think you and I have a similar condition. I can't eat even a small bit of sugar. Not even a single cookie or a small slice of cake. The reason - because I just can't stop. I'm like a drug addict on crack. Give me one taste and I go nuts with the stuff. I do the exact same as you...I go nuts.

Go back to your clean eating and the fog shall lift. :)

Buzzy & Breezelys Mama said...

I know what that feels like. UGH! But now, like youaid, you've recognized it and can stop it before it does any damage... you are an inspiration!! remember that!!

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

The sugar fog...yup, I've spent a lot of time in it myself.

It is crazy how big and tight of a grip sugar has on my brain. I'd been relatively sugar-free for a few weeks, then had a vanilla latte last week at Starbucks. I could literally feel the change taking place in my body: the cravings, the fogginess, and then the crash.

I am going to Starbucks tomorrow AM with some girlfriends, and you know, I just want a regular coffee this time.

I don't want the fog anymore. It sounds like you don't want it either!

Sugar may not be a problem for some, but like Diana, I am a full-fledged sugar addict.

Kim said...

I get this way too b/c of insulin resistance. My body craves carbs and sugar but as soon as I eat them it's like I'm in a haze and I get depressed...it's a vicious cycle (PCOS). Do you think you might be insulin resistant?

Amelia said...

I don't eat sugar anymore for this reason. It does something extremely unpleasant to my body and brain!

redballoon said...

I am like Diana in that I can't stop with just a bit of sugar, the same with alcohol. But I haven't really recognized a fog...probably because I never leave it.
I did stop drinking for a few months once and felt that I was much more assertive in going about my life, not feeling as lazy, even though feeling lazy had not been unpleasant. I wonder if sugar has the same effect?

Derek said...

Sugar is evil. I've been through the fog, and it is not fun. You painted a really great picture of what it's like when the fog clears.

Lady Like said...

My sugar addiction leads to carbohydrate overload! The 'fog' gets thicker as your sugar intake increases... the best remedy for me is to resist completely.. it's great you recognize it and started your defense against it. Good luck!

Leslie said...

I'm there myself this morning, after such a stellar week last week. I feel depressed, sluggish, inflamed and achy, and very funky. I am going totally off sugar again for a bit. None - no agave, honey, even in small amounts. Have you tried total sugar abstinence for a while? It always helps me, and quite quickly. In addition to increasing water intake, solid sugar abstinence (I'm not talking about fruit in reasonable amounts) lifts the fog fast. Like Diana - it's my crack. I had 2 Girl scout cookies yesterday and the flood gates opened. UGH!

BrendaKaye said...

I am completely with you on the sugar addiction/fog. I had not had hardly any refined sugar the entire month of January until yesterday. I thought I could treat myself a little, and it left me wanting more and a little depressed. One day and it really affected me! You are right though, 2 days can turn a sugar fog around!

Kyle Gershman said...

I'm rooting for better "weather" for you soon...0% chance of Sugar Fog in the forecast!

rmslil said...

Mine is becaue of soda. I got off them but now I have one a day. With the snowy, indoor weather I have wanted more. The more I drink soda the more I want. I wake up wanting one but I know if I drink one that is all I will drink all day. When I am on a normal schedule, water is my prinary drink. I need to get back to normal.

TheLosingAmerican said...

Hey, think of it this way...would a recovering alcoholic be a bartender? Nope!

We're not the only group of people who have to change our lifestyles--including what we buy and where we go (ie: staying AWAY from the sweets isles and bakeries)--so as to not fall victim of the dangerous 'fog' when it blows in our direction.

I have the same problem...I just try to remember that it's just a craving...and all a 'craving' is, is about 15min of weakness that will usually pass if I occupy my mind with something else.

All Women Stalker said...

I have such a sweet tooth.. it would be so hard for me to let go of sweets. Kudos to you.

Autumnforest said...

I can relate. I've always had hummingbird syndrome. As a kid I was a super athlete and always on the go, never wanted to go home and eat meals, so I ate sugar to keep going. I was underweight forever until my 30s and then I went off the pill and something happened, but the eating sugar instead of food didn't work anymore--I started to gain weight, had constipation, insomnia, constantly had to have more and more sugar to stay "high." I felt hungry all the time, probably because I was lacking real nutrients. Learning to eat slow and eat quality taught me what it was like to get out of the sugar fog, but admittedly all it takes is an overstressed day and I'm back on the sugar wagon. Good luck. It takes a lot of observation to notice how different you feel when you eat the right stuff and the wrong stuff and really make mental notes of how you felt about your day. When I rated how a good a day was on sugar,it was usually a 6 max out of 10. Without sugar, almost every day was rated 8 or better.

Mary Joy said...

I can so relate!! I'm very familiar with the sugar fog. I am in it often! I'm a real sugar addict, once I start, it's hard to stop and the fog just sucks me in. Eating better lately though and it helps now that I can recognize it quickly and stop before I start. Keep up the good work!

NaN said...

Lynn, you are so open and forthright! I really like that in a person. Get rid of the snacks and sugary things in your house- just throw them away! Your kids don't need them- not even your little daughter. I have a friend who has 2 kids with food allergies (dairy and gluten) and they do quite well and seem unphased by the fact they can't eat what other kids do. They actually prefer carrot sticks to French fries. Make up your mind, gal,and end those headaches/ fogs once and for all. You're a very strong person. You can do it.

PatriciaW said...

Me too. The interesting thing is that although we recognize what's going on more quickly, we are still unable to prevent going there.

MB said...

I'm just recovering from the sugar fog I put myself into this past weekend with Christmas cookies. Thankfully they are out of my house and out of my system and I can get back to seeing all the colors of the world look brighter.

AHA!