For those of you who have ever attempted to quit eating sugar, you know how difficult it is. But for most people, quitting sugar is terrifying. The mere thought of giving up sugar sends ripples of fear down their spines. Some of you have actually attempted to quit sugar, maybe even several times, but found it far too difficult to resist your urges. Most people would agree…it’s not easy.
I have made a personal commitment to quit sugar, not only for 30 days, but for life. Eating too much sugar will kill you, one way or another…usually slowly and painfully. If you could make one change in the way you eat, there is probably nothing more dramatic (and more challenging) than quitting sugar. So if you made this sacrifice, this change in your lifestyle, I’m sure you would feel incredibly satisfied. And knowing that you are going to be among the healthiest people on the planet is probably something you will value thoroughly.
The Secret That Nobody is Talking About
But, I must caution all of you who are interested in quitting sugar. As good as it will make you feel, there is a downside that I have never heard anyone speak of. I’ve never heard this mentioned in any podcasts, TV programs, or radio broadcasts, nor have I read about this anywhere else, but I have a feeling this downside is something that all sugar quitters everywhere will or have experienced. But before I tell you about this, here’s a disclaimer.
It’s been two months since quitting sugar. In this video, I talk about my weight loss and I talk about my struggle to find the balance between convenience and eating healthy. If you prefer to read the text, keep reading for a summary.
Since I’ve become a member of this no-sugar, low-carb community, I’ve noticed something that doesn’t make sense to me. And it seems pretty wide-spread. I keep hearing people talking about “cheating” on their diets or allowing a “cheat” day, or even “cheating” as a reward for accomplishing a diet goal. So let me start by talking directly to those people.
You’re all nuts!
Okay, that may seem a bit harsh, and honestly, I still love you all. But this kind of thinking is just plain nutty to me….unless, of course, you don’t intend to eat the way you’re eating for the rest of your life. If you’re just skipping the sugar until you reach you’re ideal weight, well, good for you. That plan has worked for countless others, so of course it will work for you too! Have a nice life. On the other hand, if you’ve chosen a no-sugar diet as your lifestyle; if you’re eating this way because you want to experience all the health benefits that come with such a healthy lifestyle, than the idea of “cheating” shouldn’t be a part of it.
Okay, how about a moment of truth here? How did you all do on Thanksgiving day? Did you over eat? Did you give in and eat sumptuous desserts even though you vowed that you wouldn’t? Did you eat dinner with strong resolve and with no intention of eating sugary things, only to cave in from the pressure of not-very-nice relatives who made you feel guilty? It’s okay. The road is a long one and we’re all bound to hit some bumps now and then.
In case you’re wondering how I did on Thanksgiving and if I managed to avoid sugar, I guess it’s only fair to be honest here, even if the truth hurts….
It’s been one month since quitting sugar. In this video, I talk about my weight loss and what the biggest surprise has been about quitting sugar, also the biggest challenge. If you prefer to read the text, keep reading for a summary.
I have a love for chocolate, specifically, and sweets, generally, that has always been a problem when I start any new diet. Sugar is my cocaine, the bane of my existence, my reaper. If any good is to come of banishing sugar, then I’m going to have to fight for it!
Sweets, ultimately, have been my downfall, time and again. Therefore, it’s with ample past experience I decided that in order for me to be successful, I wasn’t going to restrict sweets, but eliminate them completely, hence, quitting sugar. Moderation wasn’t going to work for me. I’ve been crushed by Cane, the mythical sugar giant from Carbohydrate Isle, far too many times. But I’m stronger now. I’m experienced…defiant.
That said, I will experiment in the future to see if I can get away with having a slice of cake on my birthday, for example. Will it throw me into a sugary stupor where I’ll lose myself for days on end, in a carbohydrate fog of bliss
It’s been two full weeks since I officially gave up sugar. The results, so far, are very encouraging. And I couldn’t be more excited. Before I share my weigh-in results, I’ll give you a play-by-play of how the past two weeks went. Below is a collection of comments I made on the Quitting Sugar Facebook page, which you totally should so be a fan of. I need some friends and support there so let’s circulate. 🙂
Day 1: October 24
Well, today was Day 1….first day without sugar. It was easy…but will it get harder? I’m just taking it one day at a time.
Day 3: October 26
I’ve been feeling very sluggish…moving in slow motion. And I had a headache yesterday. I’m not sure if the sluggishness is from sugar withdrawals or lack of sleep. I’ve been getting to bed too late and I’m sure that’s not helping any.
However, I have not been craving sweets, and I’ve found that I’m not as hungry as often.
Overall, things are going well and are on track. 🙂
The day before I actually quit eating sugar (quitting on October 24th, 2011) and adopt a new and healthier lifestyle, I want to review my current health. Later, I’ll be able to contrast what I’m eating and how I’m feeling against this data. I included a short video so you could also see me before I change my diet and compare it with me after I’ve been eating without sugar for a while.
One thing I’ll reluctantly point out is how my shirt fits in the video. I’m about 10 or 15 pounds overweight, which isn’t bad, but I still have a gut. Typically, I can hide my gut pretty well. If I wear a loose-fitting shirt, especially dark ones, and maybe suck it in a little, you never see the extra fat hiding over my abdominal muscles. But in the video, you’re seeing me as I am today…no sucking my gut in or baggy shirt to hide my fat. And the journal entry that follows is also going to be candid as well. I’m putting it all out there, right from the start. With that said, here is my overview: