What a month it’s been!  Restricting my fructose intake has been challenging, but I am already getting used to this new way of living.  And I must say, I quite like it.

What withdrawal has been like for me

Day 1 and 2 were pretty awful.  Incredible hunger, headaches, feeling tired and cranky.  Fortunately things got better and I was just left with feeling hungry all the time.  I craved carbs like they were going out of fashion.  Bread, and lots of it, became the number one way for me to feel full.  But slowly and surely I’ve noticed improvements:

I’m feeling full for longer.

I don’t desperately want that chocolate bar in the afternoons, in fact I find I don’t usually want anything for afternoon tea any more.

I only want sweet things when I see them, otherwise it’s out of sight, out of mind.

It’s getting easier to say no to sugar.  The first couple of weeks I would spy a piece of cake and think ‘Ooh yum!  I must cram that in my mouth as soon as possible’.  But now my mind is trained to look at cake and think ‘No’.

What I’ve learned:

Be kind to yourself and absolutely do not go fructose-free when you have a whole lot of social events or special holidays like Christmas coming up.

If you need to tell anyone that you are now fructose-free, you need to tell them about the benefits you hope to see soon.  Most of my friends have gone out of their way to accommodate my new way of eating.  And you never know, you might pick up a few converts on your way.  I know my friends and family are watching D and I with great interest.  Looking better, losing weight, having good skin, really being able to pass up Aunt Betty’s sponge cake without so much as a murmur, are pretty convincing reasons that being fructose-free works.  We’re not there yet, I might add, before I sound too rosy.

Unless they’ve read the literature on being fructose-free, people won’t really understand what that means.  That’s why they’ll offer you lots of fruit, or honey, or fruit juice.  I’m finding it’s difficult to balance education with being a militant bore.  I don’t want to be the person that makes them go ‘Oh no!  Sanjaywa’s coming over for dinner.  Whatever will I make?’ or who will look at me guiltily as they tuck into their ice cream sundae.

Be prepared.  Be prepared.  Be prepared.  Take dessert with you to that party.  Arm yourself with snacks, especially the first week of withdrawal.