In January I took the step to cut out sugar for a whole month. Now, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and I knew I needed to decide exactly what sugar meant. After some looking around I decided that for me, it was all those empty calorie sugars I wanted to get rid of.
All added sugar
All soda (unless zero sugar)
All junkfood and ready to eat food (because those are often filled with sugar to make it taste better)
Generally food that I knew was filled with sugar
I started the day I returned from new year visits at my parents (January 5th).
And let me tell you, it was hard. It was so freaking hard I was ready to quit 20 times every single day. Those first ten days my body protested all the time. It needed sugar and junk food and was more than happy to tell me.
But, slowly it got better. And at the end of January I even managed to quit my beloved coke zero that I’ve been drinking for years and years. I didn’t cut out sugar completely, but tried to keep it to a single tiny little sugary treat once a week or so. One week I enjoyed a bit of dark chocolate with blueberries (which was so good) and another week I baked a carrot cake with my kids.
Now for the important part, what happened after that month?
Well, a lot happened. I felt better. I had more energy and actually slept better at night. I didn’t feel the need to eat constantly and that need to go look in the cupboards after dinner was almost gone. I also didn’t crave fatty things as I did before. Also my craving for empty carbs went down a lot. White bread, pasta, white rice and so on was something I ate daily, and suddenly I could happily eat a salad and feel full.
All in all since January 5th I lost almost 4 kilos. Now keep in mind I didn’t go totally healthy. I still ate gravy and cheese (all the cheese) and butter and all the bacon. I ate lots of nuts and dried fruits. And I still had freshly baked bread with butter and cheese every Sunday. But even though my calorie intake was probably pretty high, I felt better and my system seemed happier.
It was a really cool thing to go through, and I was very set on not going back to the old ways. Feeling the difference was so wild and it really showed how much I “poisened” my body by stuffing it with all the wrong kind of things. I even managed to keep the healthy going and lost another few kilos, making my total weightloss 7 kg in 6 months.
Well, summer happened. 12 days vacation with the boyfriend and kids. Vacation with the parent. My sister and her kid visited for a week. Then I got my operation, boyfriend came to stay another week, bithday, weekend away with my sister. You get the idea. Lots of excuses to not be healthy. I simply fell back to the old stupid habits of cakes and candy and sweet stuff.
But, that’s done now. I went back on the scale this monday (with horror), and had to admit that I’ve put on 4 kg again. But, I’m back on the horse, so to speak. I’m cutting sugar, and aiming for a lot more healthy diet (meaning less cheese and bacon 😢). My goal is to get rid of 15 kg before May 2020, and then around another 10 kg. Then I’ll be just comfy in the middle of the healthy zone for my hight and body type.
And, now I’ve shared it with all of you, and hopefully that’ll help me in the moments where I feel weak and get tempted by delicious cakes.
Have you ever tried cutting sugar? How did you react?
And do you have any goals for your weight?