Once you have been off of processed foods for a while you will, like me, discover that you can eat some sugar from time to time and it doesn’t have the same effects on you that it did just a few months ago. Eating real home cooked food most of the time means that you aren’t eating nearly as much sugar as you did, even though you don’t know it.
Here in Kansas City we just went through a trying time. Our baseball team was in the World Series, and before that they were in the playoffs leading up to the big games. It was a trying time because these games are excuses to get together and eat junky foods. I don’t drink beer, but I will drink Non Alcoholic beer, and it is a processed food like all of the other processed foods. If I enjoy too many of them I might as well be drinking Monster Energy drinks, for the effect that they have on my body. We had more than one party at the house, brought in and consumed loads of chips, sweets and processed meats.
There was pizza delivery, too.
So, now that period is over. Now I am back to the normal diet and schedule, sort of. We have eaten down the supply of leftover junk foods, we have drank most of the canned sodas, and there is only a little bit of ice cream in the freezer. Soon it will all be gone. After all of that free and easy eating I did not gain a pound of weight.
I attribute this fact to the parts of my diet that were constant throughout. I ate a bacon and egg breakfast every morning. I ate a small leftover lunch of just meat in the middle of the day. At night I was tempted and failed myself eating pizza, potato chips, cakes, cookies–whatever was at hand during the baseball games. It was just one meal per day out of three.
When I would over indulge in carbs and sweets I would feel the effects–swollen hands, hammering heart, night sweats, cold sweats. It was bad enough to make me know that I had overdone it, but not so bad that I craved it during the day the next day. I made it through unscathed.
Your results might vary, but I have been off of processed foods now for over a year. I have been off of sweetened drinks that long, too. I don’t drink alcohol, I smoke the occasional cigar. It is worth it to quit eating carbs and processed foods, if for no other reason than it makes the now and then eating of them possible.