For most of us, our week of going sugar free has ended. We talked about how to prepare for going sugar free, how to deal with sugar cravings, how cutting refined sugar and flours can help with depression, and how cutting out sugar changed one woman’s life. I hope that this challenge encourages you to make this a lifelong change. I am not trying to make my readers militant, but I do want to encourage you that eating a mostly refined sugar free diet is really both enjoyable and freeing. If you need ideas for unrefined sweetener desserts, check out my dessert category. You will find many ideas to get you started. (You can also check out my Christmas Cookie and Candy post). Just remember, that even unrefined sugars should be consumed in moderation.
Doing a week trial like this has shown some of you how “hidden” sugar is in store bought products, and in others, how addicted you really are to sugar. Don’t be discouraged if you weren’t successful completely. You may need to continue to slowly cut it out. Meanwhile, some of you shared your own success stories this week. These ladies overcame sugar addictions, serious blood sugar issues, and more by simply taking out refined sugar. I thought I would share a few of their comments with you all.
Katie @ Modern Alternative Mama “After being sugar-free for so long (I’ve done only honey/maple syrup for almost a year now), I can’t even stand the really sweet stuff now. I can FEEL my blood sugar spiking and it doesn’t even taste that good, so I don’t want it. I’ve also found any rare sweet cravings are just a sign I need 1) more food in general, 2) more fermented foods (last night it was sugar, or…fermented pickles. Guess which I chose?), or 3) more protein. I really, really need a lot of protein. But I feel GOOD!! Even if I’m feeling tired or weird one day, I have an underlying feeling of “good.” It only takes a tiny bit of white flour or sugar to make me feel bad. And that’s enough that I rarely even bother now. I like to eat almond flour muffins, stuff with unsweetened apple butter, lemonade (made with honey), homemade ice cream, fruit with real whipped cream, and dark chocolate when I’m craving sweet.”
Lucille Korvin Thank you Jennifer, your story is so inspiring. I know what you mean about the pressure thing; when I was 15 I gave up sugar for good, and received TONS of pressure, especially from peers who thought I was turning into some kind of weird hippie. Between initially hurt feelings, Mom’s support, and the eventual loss of about 25 lbs (yay!) I became happier, healthier, and so much more energetic. I encourage all you guys who are going on the sugar-free week to stick with it! 🙂
Karen B: ” I stopped eating sugar a year and a half ago but was starting to slip over the holidays, that’s why I was excited about the challenge. I was having blood sugar issues and ended up in the hospital 3 times. My blood sugar would drop so low (20-40)I would eat sugar to bring it up and it would spike high and crash. I was on a roller coaster and it was not good. Then I read a book that said to cut out all sugar,I tried it because I was desperate, it wasn’t fun, I felt like a junkie coming off drugs. I felt even worse than having the spikes for a couple of days after cutting out the sugar and then after about 2 to 3 days of feeling like I wanted to die I started feeling great and I got my energy back. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done but I am now healthier than I have ever been in my life. I enjoy remaking things that I like and finding new recipes. I love to cook. I like good food and I like sweets. I have always used raw honey but now I have added stevia and maple syrup to my list of sweeteners ( I just bought sorghum but haven’t tried it yet ). I don’t eat a lot of sweets anymore, I seemed ot have lost the craving. I also do the 90% lindt chocolate when having “one of those moment”. The funny part is 1 square is enough. I can make that candy bar last forever. Before I would have eaten the whole thing and maybe even a second. One thing that does it for my sweet tooth is yogurt with fruit. I am not happy that I got sick but it was really the best thing heathwise that could have happen to me. People comment that I look good and how great my skin looks. If you are struggling with giving up the sugar don’t give up try, you will be better off at the end if you stop. For me it had to be cold turkey. Good luck to every one out there. It is worth it.”
Anie: I grew up eating sugar all the time. I thought it didn’t affect me until I ran into some serious health-issues later. I didn’t realize how much of an addict I really was until I started to go without it. I agree, it is hard to do but so worth it! I used to struggle with serious depression and now I feel great having changed my diet .. and I have been depression-free for months!
I hope those stories help inspire and encourage you. Now it’s your turn to share how the week has gone for you. How did it go and how do you feel? Do you think you will try to make this a lifestyle change?