Ten weeks ago, high on sugar, I wildly declared to the blogosphere that enough was enough.
Sitting at my computer with a Tim Tam hanging out of my mouth and crumbs falling into the keyboard, I pressed publish on My name is Renee and I am a sugar addict.
I had finally taken notice of the signs the universe was waving in front of me and decided to listen to my body which was screaming, ‘Step away from the Tim Tams, Renee, step away!’
Proud of myself, I put the Tim Tams away.
They stayed in the fridge for about 15 minutes before I decided it would be best if I rid the house of sugar before quitting.
After much procrastination, I decided I should come good on my declaration. I picked up a copy of Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar and started her eight week detox.
The first few weeks were a roller coaster ride. (Read about how I went in week one, week two and week four). I was emotional and felt like quitting quitting sugar. My kidneys were aching and the headaches, the headaches were horrendous. There was one week where I had a headache everyday seemingly 24 hours a day. At one point, Dave told me I should see a doctor.
Something clicked for me around the halfway point though. I was seeing results. I liked the way I felt. My mind was clearer, my body less bloated. I had more energy, which amused me because I used to reach for sugar when I needed a lift during the day. Sugar was quick, easy, and in this house, readily available.
Each time I handled a stressful situation without gorging myself on sugar, I exuded pride. Gone was the tired and strung out mummy hiding in the cupboard rocking back and forth with a mars bar in her hand. I felt strong and empowered. I was kicking sugar’s butt.
I realised over the weekend that it has been nine weeks since I started I Quit Sugar. The last time I referred to my book was week four. Amazing!
In her book, Sarah says studies show it takes 21 – 28 days to break a habit. It seems I was spot on with this.
After about four weeks, I found my rhythm. I had become wiser about what foods to buy and eat. The changes to my body and mind fuelled me along. I liked the way I felt and didn’t want to stop. I was proud of myself. This was doable.
Don’t get me wrong, this hasn’t been an easy gig. I have fallen off the wagon plenty of times, but the thing is that once I fell off, I dusted the crumbs off myself and got back on. I didn’t beat myself up about it. I decided tomorrow was a new day and I could start afresh.
Yesterday, I read through the final four weeks in I Quit Sugar and was pleased to discover that I was already doing some of the things Sarah had recommended like not being too hard on myself if I fell off the wagon, having a cuppa when I get a craving, and brushing my teeth after dinner.
I know I still have a long way to go in making a permanent change to my diet and lifestyle, but I feel like this book has equipped me with the knowledge I need to make this a lifetime change.
I know for certain that I hate the way I feel after a sugar binge. My stomach churns, I get a headache, and I feel sluggish. While I used to live for the sugar buzz, I now get a greater buzz out of saying no.
If I could impart any advice on anyone considering quitting sugar, it would be to go easy on yourself. If you fall off the wagon, just hop back on. Don’t give up. I stuck with it and have been rewarded with a whole new outlook on food. I’m experimenting with foods I’ve never even heard of before and am loving it.
Since I started my detox, Sarah has launched a dedicated I Quit Sugar site packed with great support, recipes, and interesting info. I Quit Sugar is also set to launch their first ever 8 week program online. If you feel like you need support in your quest to quit sugar, this could be for you.
On another note, if you are looking for some sugar free ideas for your kids, check out Sugar Free Kids. I only found them recently and am excited about so many of their scrummy sugar free recipes.
Who else has decided to give sugar the boot? How have you found it?
(This is not a sponsored post.)