I've been off pretty much all refined sugar and grains of any kind since I tried and subsequently ditched Wellbutrin a few months ago.
Yes, I needed to lose some pounds, but really I wanted to lose the "I'm an extraordinary asshole" couple of weeks that would occur in relation to PMS and Ovulation or just being a 30-something woman apparently.
I ain't gonna lie. The first few days were hard. As in "rabid animal about to tear shit up for some fucking cookies" hard.
It didn't help that I wasn't eating fruit either.
But it got better pretty quickly, and now save the fruit that I added back in (some raw, some dried), a bit of dark chocolate, and dark chocolate peanut butter because I'm not completely insane people (and OMG have you tasted that shit?), I survive mostly on nuts, vegetables, meat, fish, and a little cheese.
Oh, and gigantic 5 Guys hamburgers with no rolls every now and then.
I still drink coffee. And booze (but maybe once a week at most, no beer).
And I need to drink more water.
But I lost about 10 pounds. And generally speaking, I'm no longer an asshole. A little weepy. A lot of anxious still during my PMS week. But not nearly as bad as I was.
Like waaaaaaaaaaay not as bad.
This all happened when I got the Paragard IUD and I started taking B-12 supplements, so I don't know if that has anything to do with anything (scientific terms there), but it's been absolutely 100% worth it.
And the weirdest, coolest, and not so surprising part: I don't crave the carbs or the sugar at all.
I have no plan or method or fancy-named diet or dramatic reasoning like TOXIC SUGAR! which Mark Bittman addressed in his recent New York Times column.
Just no sugar. Mostly.
A whole lot of will power.