Quitting Sugar for Good

QUITTING SUGAR for good

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.

10 things you don’t know about sugar

The facts about sugar – NHS

10 disturbing reasons why sugar is bad for you

 

 

8 thoughts on “Quitting Sugar for Good

  1. Good luck! I feel a little guilty as I don’t have a huge sweet tooth. I enjoy sweets from time to time, but ice cream aside, I am not tempted by too many sugary things, whether natural or processed. I don’t even care for fruit all that much. My husband, on the other hand, used to be horrid with sweet foods. This year has been huge in our family. In a plight to feel better and lose all the unwanted and unnecessary weight my husband of 22 years has gained, he has gone completely Paleo. He even makes all his own salad dressings and mayonnaise. It’s delicious! Since he does all the meal planning and preparing, it makes a huge difference what food he desires. I have to tell you, you will love being sugar free.

    • I do mostly Paleo as well except for milk in my coffee and tea. How can I resist that?? I’d love to try the home made mayonnaise! I just had some last night and was so disappointed to discover it has sugar!! How is your husband now? Has he felt and seen the difference from changing his eating habits??

  2. This is an area that I really need to consider, but it’s SO hard! I admire you for taking the steps necessary to be healthier. I would love to hear how you’re doing down the road. Blessings! Best of luck!

    • I’m doing Paleo as well except for a little milk in my coffee. So hard to get over that! But I’d love to try to make my own mayo. I just went to use some last night and was so disappointed to see it had sugar in it 😦

    • Sorry Michelle I sent you the wrong reply. I’m not the biggest sweet tooth either. My only vice is good quality dark chocolate. But it’s my kids hat I give way too much sugar too. And I really want to break the habit now to set them up with healthy eating habits for later. I’ll be posting on the Facebook at the end of the week how it’s going. It’s so good to be held accountable!!

  3. Oh-good for you!! My husband didn’t eat desserts for a year, and he lost weight and felt soooo much better. I’ve tried cutting back several times, but sugar is my ultimate addiction. I’ll just keep trying 🙂 I think it’s almost easier to just cut out everything instead of cutting back. Good luck!

    • I’m going cold turkey and it’s definitely challenging!! Want to shove every piece if chocolate I see straight into my mouth still, but fighting it hard. Really seeing how addicted I was to sugar without ever realising it!

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