Sugar Free

How I Ditched Sugar

7 years.

That’s how long I cut out sugar in my diet.

When I travelled to Israel in February, I decided I wasn’t going to be sugar-free anymore.

I ate sugar.

Sugar.

I ate it!

Guess what?

I couldn’t handle it.

My body reminded me first hand of all the terrible things sugar did to me – brain fog, sluggishness, bloating, headaches.

So, although I’m not going to call myself ‘sugar free’ anymore, I definitely don’t want to willfully eat it again.

That brings me to the question I get a lot.

Why did I decide to cut out sugar?

Everyone thinks that when you do something drastic like that it’s because you’re some sort of health nut or something.

I’m going to be honest – I didn’t do it because I wanted to be healthy. I did it out of sheer competition.

…with my husband, no less…

Here’s the low-down.

Brian approached me one day and said he was giving up sugar for a month. All I could think of was that I was going to stuff my face full of sugar, ballooning out like a hippo and he was going to be all ‘healthy’ and fit.

So, I told him I would do it with him.

He laughed.

I mean, he laughed so hard I may have seen a tear slide down his cheek.

He said I wouldn’t last a day.

That was all he had to say.

The next 24 hours were brutal. I mean, brutal! I’m talking headache, shakes, irritability, literally the works.

I was determined to prove I could last a month, so I pushed through it. Kudos to my kids for putting up with me.

After a month – probably the longest month ever – Brian went back to eating sugar again and I realized I had a problem. Every night that month I would dream about chocolate and wake up tasting it! I couldn’t tell if it was all in my head or if I was sleep-walking in the night and indulging in the bliss of chocolate heaven.

So, I decided I would keep sugar out of my diet until I had some self-control.

I went through the entire house and cleared out all of my stashes. I had chocolate hidden so many places, you’d think I was a chocolate hoarder.

I was.

Mom fail – my kids didn’t even know that they got candy at Halloween or Easter or anything because I ate all of it.

I also went through my whole kitchen and threw out anything with sugar (or a derivative) in the first 8 ingredients.

Good-bye bbq sauce. Sayonara ketchup. Bon voyage salad dressing. Arrivederci to almost everything!

Honestly, it was such a great decision. It didn’t take long and I started feeling the difference. Here are some of the benefits that I experienced:

  • Mental clarity – no more brain fog
  • Sleeping better
  • Waking up awake
  • Weight stability
  • No more bloating
  • Talking without stumbling over words
  • Increased memory
  • Less migraines

All in all, it took a good year before I stopped tasting sugar in my sleep. Once that year mark hit, I didn’t have to purpose to not eat sugary foods, it just became more of a lifestyle for me.

Don’t get me wrong, there have been times throughout the 7 years that I just wish I could taste it one more time, but I know it’s a slippery slope for me. The symptoms I experienced by trying a teaspoon of it in my coffee on vacation were enough to encourage me to continue on without refined sugar in my diet.

Do you struggle with chocolate or sugar? Maybe I’ll do a post with my sugar-free tips (hint: it won’t be anything with maltitol – sugar-free doesn’t have to mean digestive issues.) Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “How I Ditched Sugar”

  1. A post on tips would be great. I have cut out a lot but still have my vises. Ice caps and Russel Stover no sugar added chocolates. Also bulk barn salted chocolate carmels. Buy only two a month. Lowest in carbs and sugar (diabetic).

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