Me? I’m pleased to say I quit sugar a year ago and have stayed off the stuff since then. That’s not to say I haven’t indulged in a bit of quality chocolate from time to time, or haven’t had a slice of my niece’s birthday cake. But by and large, sugar is not a big part of my life (and believe me, it once weighed heavily).
If you’ve never considered quitting sugar, or you’re still weighing it all up, start here with part 1 of my series:
- part 2 is about how sugar makes us fat and sick.
- part 3 gives the low-down on fructose.
- if you’re tinkering on the edge, you might find this handy.
- for my best tips on quitting, read here.
- or try Sarah Wilson’s step-by-step 8-week program, here.
If you're questioning how much sugar you really eat, this might help.
Some of my favourite sugar-free treats to try:
Ricotta with lavender, coconut and raspberry
Raw chocolate balls and a special tea for cravings
5 sugar free treats
Tahini honey almond balls
2 sugar free treats
Home made chocolate
And here’s 5 things to do with sugar that don’t involve eating it.
A little note of kindness (as in, kindness to yourself): quitting sugar isn't about avoiding everything sweet for life. It’s about becoming aware of how much sugar you are gobbling down (hidden or otherwise - quitting sugar helps you cut out a lot of crap), making a decision about whether you’re comfortable with that, and, if not, breaking free of the addiction so you can control how much sugar you want to include in your life. It’s also about embracing healthier sweeteners, like rice malt syrup, stevia and honey (yes, honey).
For some, being sugar-free becomes an obsessive and anxiety-ridden quest of avoidance. Me, I hate strict rules. Personally, it’s important I avoid sugar on a day to day basis, because this way I can avoid the nuisance hypo issues I was previously experiencing. But from time to time, when a dessert of extraordinary culinary exquisiteness appears in front of me, I don’t always say no. I know I can have a slice of brownie without wanting to polish off the rest of the tray then and there.*
*To be honest, 9 times out of 10, I don’t actually feel like eating sugar, and if I do, I generally find it, well, too sweet. But on the odd occasion, you know.
Another little note of kindness: being mindful and healthy is a wonderful thing, but when you find yourself battling with anxiety over it, it’s okay to take a side-step. It’s okay to dance a little with the issue, because this is how you come to a harmonious balance.
I’d love to hear how you’re going with living a sugar-free life. Have you gone all out, or found that harmonious balance? And if you’re still toying with the idea, but not yet committed to it, please feel free to ask any questions below!