When I gave up grains in the beginning of the year, I had no intention of giving up sugar. Why would I do that to myself? I am a lover of chocolate and ice cream. When those two things combine, it’s perfection on a spoon. No, giving up sugar was just crazy talk! I went grain-free for two months and realized that, while I felt better, I was not losing as much weight as I thought I would. I examined what I was eating and decided that sugar might be the last piece of the puzzle, so I eliminated sugar last month. I learned five things when I gave up sugar:
1. I can live without it. Do I need something sweet after the kids go to bed? No. It had become a relaxing habit. I was perfectly content with a piece of fruit or a cup of tea once the kids were asleep.
2. Sugar is addictive. When you have a little sugar, your brain wants more. It craves sugar. It might even make you crave other things, like bread. You might find yourself thinking about sugar many times each day. It is an addiction.
3. I have a sugar addiction. I now recognize that I have little to no control over my sugar addiction. Confession: If I buy a pint of my favorite Ben & Jerry’s, it’s likely that pint won’t last more than a day. I can’t stop. Now that I know it’s an addiction, I can stop feeding it. An occasional treat is one thing, but having ice cream in my freezer is a bad idea.
4. I feel better without sugar. When I’m not a slave to my sugar addiction, my mind is clear, my body has more energy and my blood sugar levels are steady. Do I still think about sugar? Absolutely, but not all the time. I believe those thoughts and temptations will become fewer as time passes.
5. Even though I can live without it, chocolate ice cream is one of life’s joys. Yes, I managed to survive without having chocolate ice cream in my life. Was it easy? No. I discovered that chocolate ice cream is one thing in life that I just love. I will enjoy the occasional chocolate ice cream, because it brings joy to my soul. Maybe your joy involves marshmallows, hot cocoa or soda. A rare treat that makes you happy is a good thing.
I have been enjoying ice cream and chocolate now that my month is over, but I am right back where I was before. I think about sugar and I want more. I have learned that eliminating sugar from my diet, except on special occasions, is what my body needs so that I can thrive. It was easier for me to lose weight when I eliminated both sugar and grains. I have found that when I take my Ryte products regularly, I can beat those sugar cravings. I felt the best I ever had and was more successful in my half marathon training. I will be going back to sugar-free and grain-free, and I’m excited to see what results I will continue to have!
Have you experimented with sugar elimination? What did you discover?