You know how drunk people stagger, lose coordination, and get mentally confused? Well, if you’d seen me earlier this week, you might have assumed I was sloshed on booze.
But I wasn’t recovering from alcohol overuse. Instead, recently, I had a horrible Sugar Hangover.
And I felt utterly a-w-f-u-l!
What irks and embarrasses me is that I ate sugar by mistake. Because I know better, it should have been easy for me to avoid.
For those of you who haven’t heard my story, I’ve been sugar-free since the spring of 1998, when I quit all sweets and processed carbohydrates on doctor’s orders.
As a result, all 44 of my baffling ailments vanished. They went poof! Nagging symptoms, such as horrid headaches, overwhelming dizziness, and unsettling anxiety disappeared. I was truly “reborn.”
Now, 17 years later, that’s why staying off sugar and quickie carbs is so important to me.
I feel awesome when I’m sugar-free. Eating cleanly makes me energetic, focused, and puts me at the top of my game.
But I feel horrible if I partake of any sweeteners.
Although I haven’t been totally perfect—I slipped a few times early on in my sugar sobriety—I’m always diligent about reading food labels and quizzing waiters so I can avoid all hidden sugars.
But, recently, I let my guard down and inadvertently ingested the sweet stuff.
Here’s what happened a few days ago, while I was at the movie theater.
How Hidden Sugars Nabbed Me
My accidental Sugar Poisoning was my own darn fault.
I know how important it is to always, always, always read food labels very, very, very carefully, —even if a food is allegedly “healthy.” That way I can identity any hidden sugars.
By hidden sugars, I don’t just mean sucrose or brown sugar. I also mean honey, agave nectar, barley malt, coconut sugar, inulin, evaporated cane juice, cane sugar, maltodextrin, monk fruit, eand so on