I’ve not tried the South Beach Diet, but I know of a lot of people who have and I’ve read a lot about it. What struck me as being particularly fascinating about this diet is the emotional effects that come from removing sugar, mostly refined sugar, from someone’s daily repertoire of eats. I myself have sworn off of sugar for small bouts of time and I must admit, I’m cranky, at least for the first few days of my abstinence. I have serious sugar withdrawal symptoms, usually in the form of mood changes. When this has happened, it catches me in my tracks and makes me wonder how much of a sugar addict I am?
I’ve heard that in the Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet when you are requested to remove all sugar from your diet, that a similar withdrawal occurs with mood changes and serious sugar cravings that appear to wane as you move forward in the diet.
I wonder too, how many South Beach Dieters have banned white sugar from their diet all together? If you’re out there, I’d love to hear from you and find out HOW you did it and how it’s working for you. It’s always been a distant dream of mine to squash my love of sugar for good, but as of today, it’s still just that – a dream.
May 8th, 2008