I’m quitting sugar (again);

All above photos found on my Pinterest board: Sweets.

May 6th, I played the supporting friend role for a girlfriend that just got out of a long term relationship & ate myself silly with frozen salted caramel yoghurt and a million sugary extras like chocolate cake, kit kat, tim tams & strawberries. And when the sugar hit, I vowed to quit the white stuff for good. So I went home & made my old time favourites; the raw prune balls.

I attempted to quit sugar back in August 2013 with a little success (read about it here & here). I tried to quit sugar 9 months ago for the very same reasons as I have this month. Sleep disruptions, low moods at 3pm & of course, that unwanted bit of love hanging around the mid section (my biggest problem area, the tummy). I got a personal trainer not long after my birthday last August and made lots of raw treats but it still didn’t stop me from bingeing on sweets far too often.

When you find yourself eating multiple biscuits a day for absolutely no reason & whatever cake and chocolate you can get your hands on & yawning come 3pm, something has gotta change. This time round, I’m not quitting fructose (found in fruit) but I have given up the white processed stuff.

It’s currently Day 24 and I’m a little surprised how easy it’s been & how much the sight of sugar has disgusted me. On Day 1, I came home to four boxes of Lindt & Baci (my ultimate faves) and walked away. Over the last 24 days, there have been several cakes brought into the office & a HUGE pile of leftover Easter chocolates put in front of me. And I can’t forget the daily supply of mint choc biscuits, chocolate covered scotch fingers and Tim Tams before my eyes.

But yet, I kept on walking & didn’t once cave in. The raw prune balls have been the best substitute as well as the choc snacks made by Isagenix, which contain chromium for cravings. I don’t really have an end date to this processed sugar ban. I’m feeling good & I don’t want to return to how I used to feel anytime soon! In my second week, I noticed how much more alert I was & how I was managing to get through the day without yawning (writing reports all afternoon can do that to you).

I don’t make it very easy on myself, pinning all sorts of sweet stuff but like the rest of my Pinterest stuff, all those sweet things can wait!

So I’ve love to know what’s everyone’s opinion on sugar; how does sugar make you feel & have you ever tried to quit the processed stuff?

I’m still quitting sugar;

Banana & peanut butter covered in chocolate. Sorry in advance.

I mentioned at the beginning of August that I was quitting sugar. While the first 24 days were easy, once it hit the 25th of August, I couldn’t help but allow myself a little treat for my birthday. And because my birthday was on a Sunday & the tradition at work is to bring a cake in for your birthday, I had some treats on the Monday and then the Tuesday and then it was the 28th of August and I figured, it was close to the end of the month so I’ll start September as the ‘sugar free’ month but then the 1st came & went and I was delaying the sugar free experiment.

Quitting sugar is hard. Especially in the form of snickers & reeses pieces (and peanut butter M&M’s while we’re at it). But throw in no fruit weeks 3-6? I was struggling big time leading up to my birthday. Now that I’ve binged my little heart out with (the processed) sugar, I need to think of why I’m trying to minimise it from my life:

  • Sugar affects my sleep. I toss & turn for hours and there’s nothing I can do to get to sleep any faster
  • Sugar makes me tried at the wrong times. Why can’t it make me tired when I need to be sleeping?
  • Sugar does not help me work towards a bikini body (it sure makes me forget a bikini body whenever it’s around though)
  • There is no limit with sugar. It causes an explosion in my body where if there’s no sugar coming in, my body will shut down (that’s the best I can describe it)
  • Sugar causes massive dips in my moodsand lastly;
  • Sugar is not my friend (as much as I try be Sugar’s friend)

So here’s what I’m going to try next:

  1. Limit chocolate bars to one a week (if I need to)
  2. No baking sweets
  3. Politely decline sweets that come into the office

That’s it. There’s no long list of what I can’t do, but just #1 is as powerful as 10 things. I’m not setting an end date because this is a lifestyle  change I want to make FOR GOOD. Here goes….

I’m quitting sugar!

Day 1 of quitting and this is what someone brings into the office!

On the 1st of August, I started the month with a massive goal in mind. I committed to an 8 week sugar free challenge by Sarah Wilson over at I Quit Sugar. I actually started 2013 with a sugar & alcohol ban for five & a half weeks so I have no doubt I will be able to do 8 weeks. My reasons for quitting sugar this time are very different though.

Lately, I’ve found myself reaching for countless cookies at work whenever I need a break/feeling pressured/whatever reason to be honest. When you can’t even recall the amount of cookies you’ve had, you know you’ve had too many. And it doesn’t stop there either. I’ll eat close to a block of Lindt a night and would eat more if there was more. Then there’s the after lunch treats, whatever bar is on special and there seems to be cake in the kitchen every second day.

Combine all this sugar & lack of exercise due to a sore ankle and you will have one VERY crap feeling girl.

Richard Johnson couldn’t have summed me up more perfectly this week:

“They are fat because they eat too much and exercise too little. But they eat too much and exercise too little because they’re addicted to sugar, which not only makes them fatter but, after the initial sugar rush, also saps their energy, beaching them on the couch. “The reason you’re watching TV is not because TV is so good,” he said, “but because you have no energy to exercise, because you’re eating too much sugar.”

When I posted to facebook last week, saying that the biggest dessert head (me) is quitting sugar, I had a few friends laugh & one asked why would I cut out the things I love? and can’t I eat sugar in moderation?

The answer is there is no such thing as moderation when it comes to sugar for me. I either eat everything in sight or I don’t go near it. There is no one square of Lindt….it’s gotta be the whole block. And as much as I love my desserts and little treats, they no longer satisfy me.

Just reading some of the ways sugar messes with your health is enough for me to walk away from desserts FOR GOOD. Why eat organic, raw food that is nothing but good for the body when all I’m doing with sugar is messing up the mineral balance in the body? And when I need every bit of my brain to concentrate on this last semester of uni & do a good job at work, sugar is no good for me.

So over the next 8 weeks, ending 29th September, I will be staying away from chocolates, biscuits, pastries and wine (plus a lot more). And for a few weeks, fruit as well. My birthday happens to be in 3 weeks time, right near the fruit detox stage which is fine because I’ve signed up myself & 3 girlfriends to walk/jog 12km’s in the City2Surf (and it’s not too late to register!) so I’ll be keeping myself busy by training for that.

This is my statement to the world to see: I will quit sugar.

Anyone else tried doing a sugar free challenge or interested in doing this with me?

Hungry for change;

After speaking to Alex on Monday night, I made the decision I need to cut back on the amount of processed sugar in my life. I managed to go Tuesday through to Friday morning with no chocolate/sweets but going cold turkey probably wasn’t the best option for me; on Friday morning, I woke up with a raging headache, on the verge of being sick and I hadn’t even had breakfast yet.

I guess it must of been a huge shock to my body, going from 2-6 pieces (sometimes more) of Lindt chocolate per night + a chocolate bar a day after lunch. That’s roughly 44.9g of sugar per day….which is equal to 9 teaspoons of sugar! (Nevermind all the other foods hidden with sugar)

It’s funny the timing of it all because on Friday, when I was still feeling sick and low on sugar, Veganism, a page I follow on Facebook posted about sugar. I would love for everyone to take the time to read it but here’s an extract that really hit me:

“And yet, when it comes down to it, sugar controls their behaviour. If they don’t have their sugar in the morning (in their coffee, pancakes and cereals), sugar at lunch (in the salad dressing, pasta sauce, soda and restaurant food) and sugar at dinner (there’s sugar in pizza, ketchup and BBQ sauce, plus virtually all restaurant foods), then they suffer serious withdrawal symptoms and go crazy with moodiness and irritability. They start blaming everyone around them for silly things, and they may even become sweaty and light-headed”

I remembered the video that Alex mentioned the other night called ‘Hungry for change’ which really made my decision final. Processed sugars do not have a place in my life!

Have you seen the ‘Hungry for change‘ documentary? Has it changed the way you eat? You can view 20 minutes of it HERE for free.