So this is the day that our family is quitting sugar for good. My husband has the end of the year in mind as his end goal, but me, I’m looking at a whole new way of eating. I’ve long suspected my bodies aversion to sugar. But I also know that our bodies do need it. So where do we find the balance? I get a killer headache from too much dark chocolate, but just the right pick me up from half a teaspoon of sugar in my tea.
So how are we going to tackle this? We are saying no to all processed and added sugars. You’ll find sugars in just about anything these days. Just yesterday at our Church BBQ I was almost paralysed at the sauce stand getting into a discussion about which sauce would have the least amount of sugar – tomato ketchup, burger sauce or brown sauce?? It was always a no win situation, I went with burger sauce in the end.
One of the things I’m looking forward to the most is the change for my kids. We have a whole cupboard dedicated to snacking that gets regularly stocked with biscuits, chocolate, crisps and other sweets and candies. And guess which cupboard my little Lulah points to every time she gets hungry? Oh yes, she will always chose the sugar and junk food cupboard over the fruit bowl.
But I know this can change and I’ve already been making small changes to get there. Limiting my kids to one sweet thing a day and just not stocking up the cupboard so much, but alas then came my birthday and we all consumed unsightly amounts of cake over three days. Okay it was mostly me. I ate my birthday cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner the following day and little else. And big surprise I felt like I had been hit by a bus and left to recover without aid next day.
Did you know that we consume up to 500 calories extra a day just from sugar. This leads to an average weight gain of 1 lb a week! And sugar is hiding everywhere. It’s not just the chocolates and biscuits we’ll be looking out for. It’s in our bread, salad dressings, sauces, concentrate juice, soda’s and even those lovely flavored waters.
I know many of you are having a Sugar free September and so I would love to hear how you’re doing! Doing it together always makes it more fun and I’ll be keeping you posted on how our lives are utterly transformed for the better due to no more sugar. Can you tell I’m excited!
And if you’re not yet convinced here’s a few reasons to go for out.