Friends, if you’ve been reading here for a while, you might know that my goal is to become super human–or as close to being super human as possible. Therefore, this update is possibly one of the most important I’ve written so far, here on Quitting Sugar. If you want to do some good in life and truly help other people, you’re going to want to shout this out from every rooftop, Twitter, Facebook, and social networking feed that you have. Not only that, but email the heck out of this article to everyone you know. Yeah, it’s THAT BIG!
On February 26th, Jamie Saal VanEaton (who is wickedly funny and has a must-follow healthy food blog!) told me about a book that had the potential to change my life. So before I go any further, I gotta give a shout-out to mah girl, Jamie….Hey, Jamie! Woot!! The book, which has now made history in my life, represents a turning point in my state of health. But before I reveal this book, let me share a snapshot of my results, as if the title of this article doesn’t say enough.
Recently, I posted a quick exercise for developing conviction on the Quitting Sugar Facebook page. I think having conviction is critical for quitting sugar and staying strong enough to resist temptation. In fact, if your conviction is strong enough, temptations and cravings can be greatly reduced or even eliminated altogether.
Yes, I know it seems unlikely that you can eliminate the feeling of temptation, and you’re probably thinking, “Scott just doesn’t understand! I cannot live without [favorite sugary treat]!” Maybe you’re right. But I was in your shoes once. Read my post, “Me: On The Floor In A Blissful Sugary Fog” and see what I mean. I never even entertained the possibility of giving up sugar until fate handed me a powerful wake-up call that changed my life. If I can do this, you can do this too.
Below is a brief exercise that will only take a few minutes. You may want to record yourself reading the steps and play them back or find a partner and take turns reading it to each other so you can focus completely on getting into the right state of mind.
Alright, I’m rolling up my sleeves now, friends. I recently had some blood work done to track the changes in my blood cholesterol since I quit eating sugar. I’ve been on a strict low-carb diet. And I say with all honesty, that I’ve been firmly sticking to it and have never once eaten sugar except that which occurs naturally such as in some vegetables. I’ve lost 20+ pounds. I feel better and healthier and look much healthier. So when I looked at my recent cholesterol results, I was hoping to see some good news.
On my lab results page that I received from my doctor’s office was a comment that said, “Excellent Chemistry _____” I couldn’t make out the last word. So I was excited to see that, though I didn’t realize that this probably referred to other tests that were done, not to my cholesterol results. Naturally, I assumed my doc was talking about my cholesterol and that the results were excellent. But my cholesterol results weren’t on this specific form. So I arranged to pick up a complete copy of my results from my doctor’s office. When I got home and looked them over, oddly, the cholesterol results weren’t included. But that was probably because the lab that checks LDL particle size also had the overall cholesterol results as well. So I logged into my online account to see if the updated lab results were available. They were. When I looked at them, I suddenly felt a sinking feeling. The results I got were disappointing. They weren’t all bad, but still, while some markers got better, some got worse and it left me wondering what went wrong.
It’s been 3 months since I quit eating sugar. In this video, I talk about getting my blood work done again. I’ll tell you about how I almost ate sugar. And I give an update on my search for low-carb bread recipes. And last, but not least, I talk about trying Quest Bars. If you prefer to read the text, keep reading for a summary.
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.