May 7, 2012 in 52 Delights Project
If you’ve just joined me over here on the blog, these weekly segments are part of a little something I call The 52 Delights Project. Every week I add something new to my day-to-day life in the hope that I’ll come across a few things that make a positive difference to the way I live long-term.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
After a total of about 2 hours of swilling oil around in my mouth, I can’t say that I’ve noticed a huge difference in the health of my mouth. I think this is one of those daily practises that you have to continue for a period of a few weeks and pay close attention to any slight differences. The traditional Indian technique is also supposed to be able to assist in curing a multitude of common illnesses such as cold and flu, migraines and fevers (as well as improving oral health), so I might keep giving it a go and let you know if I start to feel a little under the weather and what difference it makes if I up it to 3 times a day.
It’s not entirely unpleasant to be honest, so I don’t mind spending the first 20 minutes of my day pottering around while I move the oil around my mouth. Who knows, it could be warding off some pretty awful things as I type!
I am a sucker for almost every sugary treat in the book; brownies, cakes, pastries, desserts, chocolate, lollies, fudge – you name it. So making the decision to go (as close to) sugar-free (as I can) this week wasn’t an easy one. I could hear my brain panicking “But what if we have a really long, stressful day and need to indulge in some ice-cream? Please don’t take that away from us!” I’ll just have to combat stress in a more healthy way then, won’t I?
There has been a lot of talk about sugar and its role in our diets of late and I have a handful of friends that have jumped on the bandwagon of cutting it out completely. I’m a big believer that you should treat food as a way to nourish your body first and foremost but that indulging and enjoying it every now and then is important too. I have absorbed all the research about sugar being highly addictive, draining on the immune system, hard on the liver and know that it converts to fatty acids in no time; and this is why I want to go this week with as little sugar consumption as my willpower will let me.
Have you given up or significantly cut your sugar intake?
How did it make you feel?