So I'm sure you read the title of this post and thought “girl, are you crazy?”. Well maybe I slightly am, because I’ve decided to quit sugar!
Last week, after promising to start living a healthier life, I had some very bad days, with lots of chocolate involved in helping me through these bad days. Sitting in bed, crying, feeling sick from eating too much chocolate was when I knew I needed to change. After a long google session leading from one diet to another, I landed upon an article about quitting sugar, and a book by a Sarah Wilson about how she quit sugar and changed her life.
After spending the evening online, reading about the benefits of quitting sugar, I decided to hit the shops to find this book and find out If I needed to quit the white stuff!
[I quit Sugar - Sarah Wilson, £7.00 on amazon]
Quitting sugar may seem like a drastic and almost impossible thing to do, but I feel like it’s exactly what I need to improve my health and subsequently my life, along with hopefully some weight loss. In her book Sarah talks about her addiction to sugar, saying
“I was addicted, and in the most undignified way. If someone put a cheesecake in front of me or a family sized block of chocolate, and I was having a weak moment, I’d damn well eat the lot. Once I’d gotten a taste, I couldn’t control myself.”
I immediately connected to this, give me a bar of chocolate and I’ll eat it all too, I have no control when It comes to yummy sugary foods. Am I, too, addicted to sugar? Then I saw the “Should You Be Quitting” questions and I knew quitting sugar was something I had to try. The questions she asked were,
- Do you get an energy slump in the afternoon?
- Do you need something sweet after meals?
- Does your stomach get bloated after eating?
- Are you unable to eat just one piece of cake and walk away?
- Are you ‘podgy’ around the middle?
- Do you often feel unclear? That you’re not always sharp and on top form?
To every question I answered yes. I was addicted to sugar, and I guess I’d always known this, after years of constantly needing chocolate, being a ’sweat tooth’, and having binge sessions where I just didn’t know when or how to stop. Im sure many of you will be wondering why I need to quit all sugar, why can’t I just stop eating chocolate? But the issue of being addicted to sugar is that stopping chocolate and still eating other sugar, whether thats ‘good’ or ‘bad’ sugar, will still feed my addiction.
The reason sugar (more specifically, fructose, a type of sugar) is bad is because it makes us eat more. Back in cave man days, and even more recently, sugar was a rarity and therefore we evolved with no fructose ‘off switch’. Our bodies don’t know when we’re full and doesn’t tell us to stop eating it, fructose also converts directly in to fat, which for anyone wanting to loose weight is a big issue.
So, Im going on a sugar detox. Sarah’s book gives you an 8 week plan of how to quit sugar. The aim of the detox is to get your body back to a balanced state, where you’re not controlled by cravings for sugary foods.
[A quote from Sarah's book. Found here]
Hopefully this is something I can stick too, as Im really interested to see how my body responds and I how I feel emotionally, without a dependency on sugar. The first week of the detox is a cut down week, where I begin to take sugary foods out of my diet, and replace them with very low or non sugary items. This means no chocolate, no low fat goodies, no biscuits or hot chocolate, no cereal, no yoghurts and also no fruit!
Although this may seem very drastic, Im hoping it’s going to be a good experience for me. I’d love to know what you think. Are you addicted to sugar? Could you ever give it up? Also let me know if you’re trying to live a more healthy lifestyle or loose weight too, I’d love to have some support.