Jamie and I had a slip up last week, and we’re fine with that. My parents were over from the east coast so we had a few dinners out and a wedding to go to. It was a week of relaxing and not worrying about the little things, we were focused on just enjoying some family time. Now that they’ve gone back, I thought I would share my journey with you and remind myself why quitting sugar was one of the best things I’ve ever done!
Yes, my husband and I completely eradicated sugar from our diet. Most people think we’re crazy for doing it, but it wasn’t as hard as most people think. We did this after I read David Gillespie’s book Sweet Poison (see more on his website) and the facts about sugar are insane. If you need any motivation to get yourself healthy then read the book, seriously. (As a little statement, I will say that everybody is different, I’m not a professional, the following is just my opinion and my personal experiences.)
A little fact sheet:
– Sugar is more addictive than cocaine, and it effects everyone differently. Some people are more sensitive than others
– Sugar affects your taste buds, which is why the amount of sugar in our foods are increasing exponentially, because our taste buds are dulling down. We need more to have the same taste.
– Fructose is turned instantly to fat in the body. This is the bad acidy fat that hangs around your organs and causes disease. Ew.
– Fructose is undetected by our ‘full’ hormones so you can eat uncontrollable amounts
– Fructose also messes with our insulin which alters how much we can eat in general (so not only can you eat infinite amounts of fructose, it actually causes you to eat more of everything!)
– SUGAR IS IN EVERYTHING, if you look into it you’ll realise how much we actually consume.
Obviously theres a lot more to it, and if you’re anything like me you’ll want all the information. I highly recommend reading Sweet Poison by David Gillespie and That Sugar Book (based off of That Sugar Film) by Damon Gameau. If you do decide to quit sugar I find that the I Quit Sugar and I Quit Sugar for Life books by Sarah Wilson really helpful for recipes and tips, we didn’t follow her 8 week plan to the tee but followed it with our twists and found that really helped too.
There’s been a lot of controversy in the media surrounding this movement, a lot of nutritionists have come out saying that sugar and sweets are fine in moderation and that we don’t need to eliminate it from our diets all together. Well, my opinion is that a lot of big brands who use a lot of sugar actually sponsor a lot of big nutrition companies so I am not sure how objective they are, there has also been little investigation as to the effects of sugar on our bodies (lots of information on this in books mentioned above). For me, moderation was almost impossible when it came to sugar, I’ve never ever been able to just have one or two squares of chocolate, I need to eat the whole block. If I bought a 6 pack of sweet buns, they would be gone in two days max. I tried, I had friends say “just don’t eat it” and so I thought I was weak, because I couldn’t! I couldn’t resist! Turns out, I’m not weak, or bad or greedy, I’m just more susceptible to the addictive nature of sugar then they are. I think if you are one of those people that can have just one square of chocolate, or one lolly and feel no craving for more, then sugar may be alright in your diet in moderation. But if you’re like me and can’t help but eat the block, maybe look into this.
Since our little sugar splurge last week, I find that I’ve been way more tired, craving more sweet foods, moody, emotional, bloated, unable to focus and just very blah. One thing I notice as well is I’ve lost that satisfied feeling after a big bowl of soup, or a delicious healthy meal, I want more! After dinner I’m searching for that nibble. This is definitely sugar related, because the week before I wasn’t. I hadn’t felt like that for months. I can honestly say that quitting sugar changed my life! I was always the moody, emotional, drama queen. I feel too deeply and I care too much, and this is still true, but when I would ‘crash’ after sugar, this turned into a negative. I feel like I have a lot more control over it now, and I can turn it into more of a positive trait. That is probably my favourite effect of quitting, I’m just happier! I have also noticed so many changes, my skin is clearing up for one! I have had acne/pimples for over 10 years and this change has definitely had the biggest impact out of everything that I’ve tried. My next favourite is that I can think clearly. I feel like I have mental clarity. I sit down to blog or do my uni work and I feel like my brain is functioning! I love it! The list goes on, but one thing that I want to mention is that I’ve lost weight, and I’ve barely changed my lifestyle, in fact I’m barely exercising at the moment, I just eat well. It’s a fantastic way to eliminate all the processed foods as it’s in (and I’m not kidding) EVERYTHING. Have a look! Did you know tomato sauce (ketchup) is almost 50% sugar? So by eliminating the sugar, you cut out all the crap and it tastes good! I used to hate carrots, now they are delicious! Without the sugar affecting your taste buds, you might actually find you love healthy food. The changes to your body, your skin, hair, are just incredible!
I could not recommend it enough, another bonus is that the husband and I are actually saving money, yes healthy foods can get expensive, but we don’t eat as much and the food we do buy goes further. One thing that I learnt is to do it slowly, Sarah Wilson (I Quit Sugar) recommends going cold turkey, but for me I felt like I had to substitute my way out. Just drop one thing at a time. I was lucky because when I started learning about this, I had cut a lot of sugar out of my diet already. About three years ago I decided to stop having soft drinks and lollies as I felt like they were ‘nothing’ foods, they offered no nutrition to my body at all and I figured there was no point in having them. Then about two years ago, I had a really bad stomach ache ofter a big serving of ice cream, and this made me wonder if I was lactose intolerant. So I stopped having dairy, this cut out all the ice cream and milkshakes and the other sugary, dairy products, except chocolate (I couldn’t resist)! Now, I do eat dairy in forms of milk, cheese and yoghurt but I don’t have much. Others have found their tolerance of dairy increases after quitting sugar, and I have found that too.
My favourite change in terms of how I eat has been that I’m no longer afraid of good fat, I don’t feel guilty for eating a lot of avocado or the skin off of my chicken for example. Your body loves good fats! It can process them, they give you that satisfied feeling and fill you up quickly. It allows you to eat what you want, just don’t eat sugar! I urge you to look into this. There is so much information that I could not explain it all without writing my own book for you guys!
Thanks for reading, and ask me any questions you feel like!