Effects of Quitting Sugar and Alcohol

Started by crosstrainer, Aug 28, 2023, 01:21 PM

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Date Started August 23, 2023

Well, here I am, as of August 23rd, I have quit sugar and alcohol, cold turkey.  That doesn't mean I am 100% sugar free, I still eat a bit of fruit and if I have some condiments now and then that is ok with me.  So far I haven't had many side-effects other than a bit of cold sweats on the first few days.  It hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be. 

The reason for this is that I have been having a hard time losing weight and have been noticing symptoms of inflammation like soreness in my knees and joints, poor sleep, not great digestion and lethargy.  I remember ready a book called 'Sugar Blues' decades ago, and when I quite sugar that time I lost weight quickly without much effort.  I eventually fell off that wagon!

So far, after five days I am already feeling more alert, better concentration, more energy and a better mood! 

I will update my status and metrics as things change. Wish me luck!

A few resources: 

Robert Lustig - The Bitter Truth:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

Dr Berg: Giving up Sugar for 14 days - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPyFIvCvh8U


It's September 28th, 5 weeks since I started my new program.  Sugar and Alcohol are a thing of the past for me.   I feel great, my energy levels are high, my thinking is focused and my sleep is great.  I've lost ten pounds without really trying.  Besides giving up sugar and alcohol,  I made one other change...

I stopped eating after 6:30PM.  As small of a change as this sounds, it's a stupendous change for the better.  Instead of getting up a few times a night to go to the bathroom, I now can sleep all night long - around 9 hours of sleep, that is a welcomed surprise, thank you Dr. Berg for that tip.  More sleep - lower insulin and stress levels, less cortisol and results in more weight loss and even more energy.

Another thing I recently discovered was the importance of treating your mitochondria well!  Apparently each cell in our bodies has several thousand of these super important 'organelles' which generate a large quantities of our energy (ATP).  It's interesting that sugar and alcohol hijack your mitochondria and reduce their ability to generate energy.  So it all makes sense that giving up these shitty toxins and all of a sudden you feel a huge boost of energy and focus.

Oh, and one last point, one of the reasons it was easy to give up beer and wine was to start thinking of alcohol as javex/bleach, which it pretty much is.  All the other crap in our beer, wine, spirits is just there to disguise the taste of the poisonous shit.

Next update.. a month away.  Have a great day, Greg