I Quit Sugar.
About two weeks ago, I quit sugar. Well, desserts, candy, that sort of thing. This might be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
You see, I grew up eating sweets…a lot of them. I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have ice cream in the freezer. I was the kid who got in trouble for eating too much candy (with the wrappers in the garbage as evidence), and I decided to hide the wrappers in my pillowcase–just so I could eat more.
The first few days, I was grumpy as hell and low on energy. I’m almost NEVER grumpy OR low on energy. It’s as if my body were going through a drug withdrawal (note: there is an ongoing debate as to whether or not sugar is actually addictive). Now that I’m in week two, I’ve managed to avoid all desserts, candy, etc. except for a couple occasions (two free mini cupcakes from Saint Cupcake, a few bites of an ice cream sundae, and free cone day at Ben and Jerry’s). I have a mug of chocolates on my desk and I have managed to stare at them every day without caving in. Pat on the back for me.
I feel like my waist is slowly whittling away because of the the absence of sweets–or at least cutting down on my poor habits. I used to eat “dessert” 1-3 times per DAY. Yes, day. Not week. It was getting a little out of control, so I felt like this sugar fast had to happen. Since I’ve started, I’ve learned that there is sugar hidden in everything!
Did you know that milk has 12g of sugar per serving? Or that some yogurts can pack in 26g of sugar per cup? Many foods that are “fat-free” or “low-fat” typically have some added sugar to make them taste better.
My goal is to see how I feel after two months of this, and see if this is a change I would like to make permanently in my life. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a long time, but I’m crossing my fingers that in the end, it will be worth it. I’m not about keeping myself from having things I enjoy, but just being more aware of what I am putting into my body.
We only get one body–take good care of it.