Day One (and a bit)

My ‘Giving Up Sugar’ mojo is at an all-time high today – which is probably just as well for day one.  

I woke up with a steely resolve to eliminate that poison from my life again, and only felt that resolve slipping slightly this afternoon while I was waiting (and waiting…) at the hospital and my tummy started rumbling.  The nearest food outlet only sold chocolate bars and cookies.  Carry snacks people!  I always forget.  This is often my downfall.  I get so ravenous that I am desperate to eat anything and usually make bad choices.  


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But not this time.  This time I just rode out the hunger train.  Goodness, I practically felt like an adult.  🙂

I was at the hospital doing some pre-admission stuff as I am having surgery next week.  For gallstones.  Yep, gallstones.  Oh the glamour.


If you don’t know what they are, they’re little stones that form in your gallbladder.  Sometimes they can get big enough to cause painful ‘attacks’ or blockages.  I’ve only had a few attacks, but short of giving birth, it is the most pain I’ve ever experienced.  Even more than the time I tore a ligament in my foot doing a stupendous backflip off the trampoline when I was 9.  

Doctors don’t know 100% for sure what causes gallstones.  It can be a combination of genetics, body weight, and perhaps diet.  Once you have gallstones and they get large enough to annoy you, fatty foods will set off an attack (imagine a belt pulled oh-so-tightly around your ribs, coupled with a fever, nausea and vomiting).  The last thing that triggered an attack for me was eating a slice of toast with Peanut Butter.

Apparently the link between gallstone development and diet is tenuous.  For me, gallstones are in both sides of my family so I might have developed them anyway.  All I know is that when I was sugar-free I never had an attack.  Not a single one.  Despite frequently eating Peanut Butter.  And other good fats. (Read David Gillespie’s Big Fat Lies for more info on good fats.)  When sugar started to creep back into my diet (ok, so my travels in America meant it exploded back into my diet) the attacks returned.  So I think there is probably some sort of fat/sugar combo thing going on.  

If you’re like me and have gallstones, giving up sugar in combination with staying away from vegetable fats may help ease your symptoms.


Anyway, Day One and a bit.  So far, so good.  I solemnly swear that I have not ingested any sugar today.  Right, am off to make some snacks…