Wow!~ Thanks for the warm welcome!
This team seems pretty active, so I am really looking forward to joining in.
How did I quit sugar? I have been sparking it up on a team for sugar-addiction, and that honestly made all the difference in the world for actually keeping the commitment this time. I'm a HUGE believer in the power of support now, as I had tried more times than I could count in the past but always fell off the wagon after a month or two. Just one bite, and that would be it for me.
For me, sugar is the devil. It may not be for everyone (although, there is mounting evidence to support sugar's role in crappy health), but it DEFINITELY is for me. It's a roller coaster I'm glad to be off of! Since quitting, I've not been sick the ENTIRE year...normally I have sinus infections that go bronchial twice a year. This year? Nothing. I sleep better, a wake up earlier, and I've maintained a healthy body weight...although I'm always tweaking for performance in recreational triathalons for weekend athletes like myself.
This is how I did it, for she who asked:
1. Made the choice to quit. Then got on a team and blogged daily.
2. I weaned...started with liberal artificial sweeteners, but eliminated white flour, refined carbs, and any overt and obvious sugars like cakes, pies, etc.
3. When I got comfortable, I nixed the artificial sweeteners. Diet coke has been one of the hardest things to give up in my life next to sugar, but now I drink pure water and wouldn't have it any other way. I don't really even do juice anymore. I very occasionally have Stevia, and even more rarely, Splenda in something like a cafe vienna. But, for the most part, I avoid them all together.
4. I am very careful with "trigger" foods, or foods that leave me dreaming of more. I believe that our chemical responses to food in the brain are critical to how we feel and what we crave. I don't believe in "willpower", as much as I believe in balanced brain chemistry. I never thought I could get through a Thanksgiving, Halloween, or Christmas without backstroking in sweets, but this year I barely felt a pang of regret. You really do lose your craving for it after several months. and the feeling of being even-keeled each day takes over as much more rewarding.
I have found some excellent sugar-free chocolates that don't screw up my stomach, so when I get the rare craving, I go for it. And, I'm not crazy anal about it. I've learned to pay careful attention to how I feel.
Hope that helps!
"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing something, but in doing it"
|1,088 Days since: Sugar and HFCS