Our no fruit sugar challenge Week #5 – Nothing sweet about life without sugar
Well here we are on Week #5 of quitting our sugar addiction FOREVER. And for me there is nothing SWEET about life without sugar! It seemed easy to start with…clean out pantry, stop eating processed foods wherever possible and substitute fructose for dextrose when desperate!
OMG – if I had known it would be so hard I might not have done it, although this in itself is confronting as I feel it is evidence of just how addicted to sugar I am.
The physical side is easy…gradually my tastes are changing and when I have actually broken down and had food that contains sugar it has seemed overly sweet and not enjoyable. Energy-wise I feel great, and my 12-year-old has noticed he is full quicker, so not overeating. Also on the plus side I have lost 6 kilos since I started.
The psychological part is not so easy…everywhere I turn it feels like food is calling to me and that everything has sugar in it. Going out for coffee is no longer so much fun…no more chai latte…no more mud cake. No more will I take the kids out for an ice-cream as a reward. I am finding out ALL about the amount of comfort eating I am doing and that like any ADDICTION you must break the habits (coffee etc) associated with the addiction.
I have, however been strong and keep thinking of the health benefits long-term. It is difficult but worth it I think. I will be forever grateful to David Gillespie for writing his book – Sweet Poison.
If you are considering giving up sugar – you should check out this radio interview…it’s well worth listening to.
And….if you like us have been brave enough to take on this HUGE lifestyle change please share your comments below, I would love to hear what is working (or not working) for you.