Admittedly, my memory about actually giving up sugar is a little fuzzy – thirty years is a long time. I do remember, viscerally, how hard it was and how badly I craved it.
The first nutrition book I ever voluntarily read was Sugar Blues by William Dufty. I was in a lot of joint pain. I had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was feeling quite sorry for myself.
The chiropractor I was seeing told me that if I alleviated my depression I would reduce my pain. He added that the simplest way to ease my depression was to give up sugar. He went on to say that he was convinced that cutting sugar out of my diet would have one other great benefit. I would reduce joint inflammation and lessen the pain in my body. (more…)