Ahem*. Let me help you with THIS one, my friend....
After 40+ years of this exact kind of roller coaster, I finally decided to exit the ride.
Of course only you can decide this sort of thing for yourself, but if you are truly "triggered" by sugar as you say you are, you might find that eating it in moderation is not a viable option for you. I am going just past a year of having removed overt sugars from my diet, and I've not felt this good in decades. Not that I've achieved perfect wellbeing by any means, but it's one heck of alot better than it used to be!
My theory is, the more addicted to sweets you are, the harder it is to let them go. So, I started simply by removing all cane sugars. I let myself have liberal amounts of the artificial stuff for the first few months. No, it's not great and it's not forever, but for me-it helped to maintain blood sugar levels and artificial sweeteners don't give you the lows you get with real sugar. At the same time, I ramped up the protein I ate with every meal. This gave me a much more even-keeled day vs. the highs and lows with sugar binges. Finally, after a few months, I started weaning off the artificial sugars. Giving up diet coke was one of the hardest things I ever did, but now pure water is what I crave. Your taste buds WILL change, and things like birthdays and halloween and christmas, etc. are no longer white knuckle moments. For my birthday, I made it clear I wasn't eating sugar. I let them do a cake for everyone at the party to enjoy, but I had sugar-free chocolate mousse with whipped cream as my dessert. I know that people just don't seem to know what to do with themselves without the traditional cake, etc., but there are creative alternatives if you just don't want to have it in front of you. Your family will understand that you are trying to do something healthy for yourself.
I don't really care what other people think about my abstinence from sugar at this point. I say no thank you and tell them that I just have too many physical issues with it. Most understand, and most don't care if you say no and will likely not give it a second thought. We kid ourselves with that whole "they'll be so insulted...or they'll think I'm no fun" stuff. Really. No one cares but you!
So, first...decide if YOU are that person that truly can't do the moderation thing. Some people can, but I've got 2 decades of experience saying I'm not one of them.
second: build a plan. Don't think "eliminate"....think "replace".
I.e.: I went from:
Ice cream...........to sugar-free ice cream........to very rarely SF ice cream or not at all.
**PS ice cream was killer for me! It's my #1 sugar-fest!
Frappaccinos.......sugar-free frappaccinos............fruit smoothies
Diet cokes..........crystal lite.........ice water with lemon/lime/cucumber wedges
cakes...........hamburgers (high protein, but still an indulgence).......grilled portobello burgers.
There are many paths to clean eating, and you don't have to go cold turkey. Think more about leaning towards health vs. diving in, and who knows where you could be in a year from now! One of my favorite books for motivation with "The sugar addicts guide to total recovery", by Kathleen Desmaisons. I find reading good books really helps me to stay focused, and blogging daily was HUGE during the first few months. I still blog regularly with a couple of sparkers on a living sugar-free team. That support is critical!
Sugar addiction is a very powerful thing, but I am doing it a day at a time and have not eaten this fresh and well for years. It's worth it too....you'll feel even, instead of whacko all the time.
Hope this helps, and good luck!!!!!
PS. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!
Edited by: TRIGIRL7570 at: 3/26/2012 (21:33)
"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing something, but in doing it"
|1,093 Days since: Sugar and HFCS