Yum Yucky did her sugar black-out for a week (but even now, days later, is not craving it), and Steph has been at her sugar wean for several months now. Both have had wonderful success and feel better without sugar.
For me, sugar has been my crutch, my go-to “drug” of choice. Some people crave salt and fried things … not me. For me, it’s sugar. SUGAR.
And it has to stop.
(OK, side-note: Though oddly Sunday night at the airport I wanted nothing more than Wendy’s french fries — odd only because I haven’t eaten a fry in years, except maybe the occasional snagged fry on my husband’s plate… and I’ve certainly not ordered my own since joining WW in 2004. I think it was because they smelled amazing and “bad” … but even so, I couldn’t stomach the thought of grease and nastiness before boarding a plane, so I just got a bag of PopChips instead, which are delicious but not.the. same!)
Anyhoo … I’ve been doing well with my ditching Diet Coke efforts … when I wanted something other than water or unsweetened iced tea this weekend at my brother’s welcome home party, I just sipped Diet Sierra Mist — which still has fake sugar, but I didn’t drink it in copious amounts, so I felt comfortable with the choice.
I’m hoping that experimenting with a sugar wean will help me lose my sweet-tooth.
Truly, I do think tastes can change. For example, over the past year, I’ve taken a love to Fage 2% plain yogurt. I never would have thought I could do it — eat unflavored yogurt and love it! — but I usually eat it plain (though if it’s eaten at breakfast I will sprinkle some Kashi GoLean Crunch or Kashi Heart-to-Heart on it for crunch).
Likewise, I can’t eat regular (non-Greek) yogurt anymore … it’s too sweet and lacks the nutrient punch of Greek yogurt.
I don’t have specific goals like Yum Yucky did (no added sugar for a week unless it came from Chobani yogurt) or Steph (no more than 25 grams of added sugar) … but I am going to spend the next few weeks really trying to wean myself off the drug … going “sugar-lite” as Steph said.
Eventually, I would like to get to the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 25 grams or less a day like Steph is aiming for … I just have never kept track of sugar grams before, so I’d like to give a day or two to journal and see where I stand before making an actual commitment. (Stay tuned!)
The truth is, added sugar is found in so much of what we eat … hell, even the honey-wheat pretzels I was snacking on when I wasn’t feeling so hot last week — they have 3 grams of sugar a serving and they’re a salty treat!
As someone who could certainly benefit from losing a few pounds, my bigger focus is on the future and wanting to be fueling my body in the best possible way I can. My addiction to sugar is bad for my teeth, my heart, and my brain … and it isn’t helping me any.
That said, a life without chocolate would suck. So I’m thinking of buying a bag of Dove Dark Chocolate Promises to keep on hand when the urge strikes. And who knows … maybe in a few days or weeks, I won’t even want them?!?!
How about you? Did you ever try to quit sugar cold turkey or wean yourself off? How did you feel after? Do you still monitor your sugar intake?