I have been Sugar free for over 3 full months. This blog will tell you How I did it and give you some tips so you can too. I did not think it was possible, but it is. You CAN break your sugar addiction!
A friend of mine loved to say, “let’s define terms”. When I say sugar, I am talking about highly processed high sugar foods like candy, cake, soda or pop or other foods with high sugar. This definition also includes most fruits, yes, I said fruits, I can hear some object saying It’s natural sugar, however sugar is still sugar. I am also talking about reducing the amount of sugar in other food, it is shocking and appalling when you read the food labels and see how much sugar is in so many foods. My starting point was to eliminate all the highly processed – high sugar foods like candy and reduce my sugar intake of other foods starting at 30 grams per day and reducing that amount each week.
Let’s get into the details of how it did it.
The first step was I had to admit that I had a problem. Step 1 of the 12 steps says “We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.” The week before I stopped eating sugar gave me plenty of opportunities to see how bad my problem was.
I planned to win
Zig Ziglar in His book “Born to Win” said “You were born to win, but to be the winner you were born to be you must plan to win and prepare to win! Then, and only then, can you legitimately expect to win.” This is great advice that can be applied to breaking your sugar addiction.
My plan was picking a date when I would stop eating sugar. The day before, I ate and drank as much sugar as I wanted for one last binge. A very important step was to get rid of ALL of the sugar in the house! If you have a family or roommate, ask them to keep their candy or other sugary foods out of your view. An alcoholic who wants to stay sober would get the alcohol of their house, sugar is just as dangerous, GET it out of your Sight! I knew I could not trust myself to stay out of the candy or other sugary foods. This has served me well.
I prepared to win.
Before quitting sugar, I had watched a documentary about sugar, and how following standard American diet has failed and obesity that impacted me.
To succeed, I educated myself about sugar. I started learning how bad sugar is and the problems it can cause, for example; obesity, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, risk of heart disease, risk of depression, and can your energy.
I learned just how addicting sugar is and that eating sugar makes you crave more sugar.
I also looked up some of the benefits of quitting sugar such as: losing weight, preventing mood shifts or swings and reduced the risk of depression, reducing inflammation, increased focus and mental clarity, more energy, and no energy slumps, can lower blood pressure
An important part of preparing is developing a strong WHY. Think about why you want to quit and the benefits of a sugar free life. For me the biggest reason was weight loss, I am very active with running and walking, yet I was still overweight. I set big goals for running and needed to get better and losing weight helps. I also did not like being out of control and how bad I felt after a sugar binge.
I expected to win.
I planned to win and prepared to win; therefore, I could expect to win. I made up my mind that I would succeed. Henry Ford said, ‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.’ Go into this journey with the mindset that you can do this, and you will do this.
The Plain Truth
I’m not going to sugar coat it, (pun intended) the process is simple, but it is hard. You will go through a similar process as someone who quits alcohol. You will most likely experience some physical pain of sugar withdrawal or detox. At first, you will miss the sugar. If you are like me, who had a love affair with sugar You will see other people eating it and want it. You may feel worse before you get better, but you WILL feel better and see that it is worth it.
In a short time, I began to feel better in so many ways:
- Physically, I started losing weight, I am feeling stronger and faster in my runs. I used to have pain in my leg that caused me to slowly build up to running in the 1st few miles, that problem healed itself.
- The sugar cravings stopped.
- My moods have been stable and have not had any depression.
- My energy has improved tremendously.
- I was surprised and grateful for the unexpected mental changes such as; More focus and mental clarity.
- New dreams and goals like inspiring people through public speaking, writing and making videos.
- Admit you have a problem and be willing to change.
- Make your plan and pick a start date.
- Remember your WHY.
- Remember the benefits and how much better you will feel.
My favorite modern-day Motivational Speaker is Eric Thomas. When I run, I often listen to him say “I can, I Will, I must”.
I want you to say out loud with me “I can, I Will, I must”.
Say it again, “I can, I Will, I must”.
Pick your start date to stop eating sugar, stick with it and DON’T quit! You can do it! You can, you will, you must.