Cutting Down on Sugar...
Sunday, May 20, 2012
I 've had a major revelation and "AHA!" moment. I believe I am hooked on sugar. I know I'm hooked on food, sugar seems to "do me in" each and every time I try to change my eating habits. Sugar seems to be the hardest addiction to break! Today is my 2nd day of truly making a conscious effort to remove sugar from my diet. It has not been easy, but I already feel better. I am focusing on not eating anything "white"- like white bread, white rice,etc. and have worked on eating brown rice and whole grain breads. Quite a few years ago I removed these foods from my diet and had great weight loss results, so I will see where this takes me. Once I taste the sugar, it draws me back in. I know this will not be perfect, but I will do my best and keep trying to put one foot in front of the other. Anyone out there cut sugar out of their diets? What results have you had? Open to any feedback and tips if you have any!
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What an inspirational blog!
Cutting back on sugar will have great long term benefits for your skin.
The white foods... refined carbs... really give your pancreas a workout and not in a good way.
Everyone is different, but I've found that zero tolerance black.white situation is a lot easier for me to control than "just one bite". Ridding my home of temptation was also helpful... why live with the enemy when you don't have to?
Good thing I was cool with zero tolerance model, because I had to give up gluten containing foods, which for starters meant ALL wheat products. A daunting task, for certain... wheat and Gluten are everywhere, either in your face, or hidden.
Set my intention to be: Gluten is poison:
When confronted with a choice, repeated this intention in my mind.
Also reminded myself that I'd had decades of eating all I wanted, but those days were over since that behavior wasn't working for me anymore... it was causing me problems.
It made it so much easier... because it was the naked, objective truth.
Not some lie I told myself so that I could continue to harm myself and feel okay about it.
In your case, since sugar ISN'T poison and is found most every food except meat, eggs and hard cheeses, you might want to come up with an intention that's tailored to your situation and the truth.
Such as: "No white foods for me today... there are better choices for me out there". Followed by "I had many years of eating white foods, look what they've done to me".
Enjoy... its really an adventure, fun to test yourself... see what you're capable of and learn what it takes to get you where you're going!
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Definitely not me, but I know there are quite a few other Sparkers who do. There's even a SparkTeam about taming the sweet tooth.
2030 days ago
I haven't specifically set out to reduce the "white" foods, but I've noticed that it has happened naturally as I make choices based on how well they fit into my calorie range. I am finding that I am enjoying other things more than I thought I would, such as apples, and am getting pretty good at portion control with little indulgences. I can now stop at just one or two Hershey's Kisses instead of 8-10. I don't think complete elimination would work for me, because once I start feeling deprived I get discouraged and ready to give up.
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Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.
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