I tried to quit sugar for years. And then one day I was just ready. What had seemed impossible the week before, was totally simple.
I’m shocked by how I feel after quitting sugar
When I did quit, I was totally shocked by the result. I felt FREE for the first time in my life. Free to eat what my body wanted, rather than being controlled by cravings that felt bigger than me. I’d never understood how other people seemed to have such willpower. I thought I was just greedy, or overwhelmed by emotions that made me reach for comfort. I spent so much time blaming myself for my lack of willpower or unresolved baggage.
Yep, I wish I’d done it sooner.
Do I miss sugar?
I really don’t miss it. I have so many delicious foods that I adore. So many treats. My tastes have changed now too, so the thought of eating ice cream and chocolate sauce makes me cringe. I’m amazed how sweet and tasty things like nuts and vegetables are.
If I could break down the steps I took over the last five years, it was a slow progression of:
- replacing processed white sugar with more natural alternatives – honey, dates, coconut sugar etc
- incorporating more stevia into my diet by creating ‘treat’ foods with stevia, healthy fats, cacao and coconut
- replacing processed white flour with alternative grains like buckwheat, quinoa and brown rice
- supplementing with probiotics, nutrients and minerals
- incorporating more healthy fats
- incorporating alternatives to grains, like almond meal and coconut flour
- increasing my vegetable intake
- removing all sugars including dates, honey, coconut sugar
- removing grains
Check out thatsugarfilm.com for an entertaining and informative documentary about sugar.