7 months has absolutely flown by and I have totally stuck with the program. In fact. I would go as far as to say that I love being sugar free! OMG! Who would have thought!
People say to me “Wow you have so much willpower”, and it’s funny because I don’t feel that way. Being sugar free after so long really doesn’t require willpower as such. I’ve broken the sugar addiction and now after so long I have just lost my taste for sweet things. I know right? Me. The one who’d eat a whole block of chocolate. I’d start with one square. One would turn to two. Make it a row. Now two rows. Shit. Half of it’s gone. Might as well eat it all and get it gone. Remove the evidence. Oh look it never existed.
Trying chocolate over Easter had me gagging. Gosh that stuff is sweet. Quite unpleasant now. No willpower required.
Some more amazing things have happened during this journey. Here’s a few
I am short sighted. I have needed glasses since I was 11. I get a yearly checkup and the prescription for my eyes either always gets worse or stays the same. It’s basically been a gradual decline in my eyesight since all those years ago. It never improves. Not in 23 years. Since being sugar free I had the first (slight) improvement in my sight to date!
When I was eating sugar I would put the kids to bed and literally collapse around 8.30pm. Hec sometimes I couldn’t even stay up that late. I blamed that on having multiple children under the age of 5. Now being sugar free, I’m up until 11pm! Holy Crap! This gives me so much time for myself. I can’t get to sleep before then. I’m buzzing. I’m full of energy! Turns out it wasn’t the children after all making their mumma so exhausted! Sorry kids, I was wrong!
I feel calm. In control. I’m not thinking about food all hours of the day. There are no 3pm sugar cravings. That faint feeling I used to get when I was hungry doesn’t happen anymore. Feeling “faint” used to hit me like a smack in the face. It’d have me running for the pantry and grabbing a bowl full of dried apricots so to avoid keeling over. Now hunger manifests itself as the odd tumble grumble, the feeling is gradual and I can feel it and it gives me time to prepare something.
The food we eat has changed. There is heaps of fat in the fridge that never used to be there. I’m enjoying eating it and it keeps me satiated. Food is tastier because it has more fat. It’s yummy and I love it. Being satisfied with my meals means I’m not looking for my sweet treat.
We bought a Thermomix and it’s really made things easier to prepare. The Gluten Free bread I was buying was full of starch and sugar and a whole list of numbers. It was also bloody expensive. I now make my own with the Thermie. The kids crackers I was buying was full of sugar, vegetable oils (bad) and other assorted crapola. We now have homemade crackers thanks to the Thermomix. We now eat a lot less processed food. It’s more time in the kitchen for me, but if it’s better for my family then that’s what needs to be done.
It’s taken 7 months to wean the children from their cereals. We got rid of the Nutrigrain first which was a big change for them. We kept the Cornflakes and Rice bubbles for a little while and now they’ve gone. Only the Weetbix and Oats get to stay. Apart from having much healthier and happier children we now have a shitload of free space in the pantry! Woah those boxes are big! I encourage the kids to snack on veggies. I make sure the crisper is full of carrots, snow peas, cucumber and celery to have as a snack instead of choosing fruit every single time.
Quitting sugar is guilt free eating. There is nothing to feel guilty about. Eat what you like. Just avoid sugar (obviously try and eat REAL FOOD as much as you can). It’s just too easy. Really it is.
So I’m still me. This is just a better version of me and I’m sticking with it!
Sugar can kiss my arse (which is now thankfully skinnier than it used to be!).