About two weeks ago I decided that I wanted to quit sugar. I wasn’t really sure about how to go about it, or why it was so important, I just knew that it wasn’t doing me any good, and that I’d had enough.
It started after I’d vaguely overheard someone talking about David Gillespie’s book Sweet Poison and how it had changed their life (I purchased the second book the Sweet Poison Quit Plan thinking that would be a better choice for me). Normally I’m not one for over dramatics, but I thought I’d give it a read anyway.
At the time I’d been feeling rather, blah, and always looking for ways to become healthier, so it seemed like it could be a good experiment if nothing else.
Full of good intentions, I headed off to Woolies (supermarket for those non-Aussies).
Avoiding buying the obvious stuff like chocolate and cakes was one thing, but practically every other thing that my family loves, from sauce to rice crackers, all had sugar in it. It seems that manufacturers like to put sugar in EVERYTHING.
I was pretty much left with fruit, vegetables, milk and bread. As I peered in my shopping trolley I knew my family were going to cause a riot when I got home.
At first I wavered in my decision. What would I feed them and me, but it seems I was on to something.
Is Sugar Really Evil?
Sugar as being addictive kept popping up at random places. You know when you start seeing a particular thing over and over, and it seems entirely random, but you get this weird feeling the universe is trying to tell you something? Yeah I know, strange, but the ‘sugar is bad’ message kept popping up for me.
And apart from it being sweet and tasting nice, I couldn’t find one redeeming feature (healthwise) about it. In fact the more I was reading about it, the worse it seemed since it’s linked to just about every killer disease there is (cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart-attack, dementia, the list goes on).
But its natural right? Well it might not be quite so natural as we think (have you ever read what they do to sugar cane to actually extract this stuff?)
But anyway, I’m not going to try to convince you that sugar is totally evil because that would mean I’m leaning far too much toward the conspiracy side, and I like to consider myself relatively normal (mostly anyway ).
I just decided to give it up, and see if I could convince my family to join me too.
The First Week
In the first week of giving up sugar I got the withdrawal headaches and also had a general feeling of wooziness (like I’d had a glass of wine).
But with the bad also came the good. I was feeling more relaxed as my moods had evened out. I felt lighter even though the numbers on the scales hadn’t budged. My head was clearer and no longer foggy, and I wasn’t getting stomach bloating as often as I used to.
But the best thing was my son’s behaviour (who can be stubborn and challenging at times – now I wonder where he gets that from?). Well his mood swings, behaviour, and concentration was better as well.
I also found I didn’t miss sugar at all and still don’t. But this IS still only day 10. ;)
A Typical Day
Breakfast: Vita-brits with full cream milk and one sachet of Natvia (Stevia sweetener)
Lunch: Toast or Sandwich with either Vegemite or Avocado.
Dinner: Meat with Salad (my son loves cucumber and my daughter loves grated cheese and carrot mixed together). My husband just likes meat
Snacks: Nuts (I like cashews), Fruit (limited to 2 per day because of their sugar counts), Plain crisps (flavoured ones had sugar!), cheese, eggs, bread and butter (I luurve Lurpak).
Drinks: Water, Mineral Water, Milk. I often mix plain mineral water with diet cordial to make sugar-free soft drinks.
Early Days, But I’ll Continue
The way I’m feeling (and that I’ve since lost 1 kg) means that I’ll be continuing to seek out sugar-free alternatives to my fav’s. It’s easy to stick to, and has made me and my family feel wonderful (even if they aren’t quite as sugar-free as I’d like them to be).
I’ve also since read David Gillespie’s latest book Big Fat Lies and realised I’m eating way too much polyunsaturated fats as well. I’ll eventually start to eliminate those too, but one step at a time.
One sweet-free step at a time.