Why I'm Quitting Sugar (And Why I Don't Care About Losing Weight)
August 4, 2014
I am experimenting with being sugar-free and see how my life changes. But that's no the whole story.
About 3 weeks ago, I read an article that talked about how researchers have identified a group of people that are now known as "short sleepers" or "super sleepers." These are people who need less than 6 hours sleep instead of the required 8. They cope better with less sleep instead of more. If you want to read about it, this is the link:
Anyway, every point they make in the article describes me, especially the characteristics that the article says fits most of these individuals. I do have a different circadian rhythm from everyone esle. i am upbeat and optimistic. I do have a high threshold of pain. And I do have a fast metabolism and am thin.
So I decided to take August to test my sleep patterns. I usually use an alarm to wake up and I have been raised that if I wake up REALLY early, I should go back to sleep - like it's wrong to be a short sleeper. So this month I am going to sleep when I feel tired, and waking up when I wake up, without an alarm.
Between reading that article and now, I had also read that sugar and caffeine can affect your sleep patterns. I want to get my REAL sleep pattern, so that's why I am going sugar-free for at least a while (caffeine does not matter because my source of caffeine is coke - FULL of sugar).
It's just an experiment, and if I feel (within reason, not in the first few days during the withdrawal symptoms) that the sacrifice is not worth it or my body is not doing well without sugar (I know my body is different from everyone else's), I will not hesitate to put it back in my diet.
This is not to lose weight. I am thin enough that I know I dont need to lose weight. if I lose weight, it will be unintentional. I just want to be healthy and have my body as good as it can be so I can hopefully live as long as possible.
I will update my progress and how my body is feeling every day, so keep checking back!