I’m a self confessed chocoholic. Barely a day goes by where I don’t have some form of chocolate, and on the rare days that I don’t, you can be sure that I’m munching away on some lollies or something equally as sweet! I never thought much of this, in fact, I used to laugh about how much I loved chocolate and my guilty sweet tooth.
Slowly, although perhaps not as slowly as I let myself believe, my waistline increased, my energy levels plummeted, I was constantly exhausted and wanting to sleep, and my moods, well, don’t even get me started on them! I began to wonder what the cause of all this was and more importantly, what I could do to change it. I’ve tried a lot of diets and fads in my time but none of them seemed to work or last. I would go in guns blazing but quickly lose interest or feel that I was depriving myself of something that I desperately wanted- sweet things. Then one day I was watching TV (with a coffee and chocolate biscuit in hand of course!) and Sarah Wilson was on a programme talking about how she had given up sugar and how it had drastically changed her life for the better. Instantly I was intrigued- a life without sugar? How was that even possible! Naturally, I started my Google search and bought her book ‘I Quit Sugar’ the very next day. My intrigue quickly turned to shock as I began discovering not only how much sugar I was consuming per day, but how much sugar is contained in products that are weekly staples on my shopping list, for example, fruit juice, yoghurt, sauces, and muesli. I couldn’t believe it. Adding this to my sweet tooth ways and a teaspoon of sugar in each cup of coffee, my daily sugar consumption was off the scale! I actually could not determine just how many teaspoons of sugar per day I was consuming, but it was a lot.
After shocking myself into the reality of my situation, I have decided to embark on a 12 week journey that will hopefully be just as life changing for me as it was for Sarah Wilson and all the other people living a sugar free life (and there appears to be many!).
- I will not consume any food or drink that contains more than 5g of sugar per 100g or 100mls. The idea behind this is that we are limiting the amount of fructose (the bad sugar!) that we consume. Dairy is the only exception given that the first 4.7g per 100g in dairy is lactose. Therefore, we would minus 4.7g from the total per 100g in any dairy product.
- I will not consume any form of junk or processed food for 12 weeks.
- I will limit my fruit consumption to a maximum of 2 whole fruits per day (no dried fruit). A lot of research suggests no fruits during the detox phase, however I enjoy my fruit and don’t feel it is something that I need to learn to live without.
- I will not consume any soft drink, fruit juice, or other beverages that contain sugar.
- I will continue to educate myself on the benefits of living sugar free.
During the 12 weeks I will be keeping a daily blog of how I am travelling; the highs and lows, the effect on my moods, my weight, my energy levels, and my overall experiences of living sugar-free. My goal is to improve my quality of life by losing weight, obtaining more energy, having a more stabilised mood, improving my overall physical health, and rebuilding my self-confidence.
Wish me luck!