My name is Renee and I am a sugar addict

So long, dear friend ...

So long, dear friend …

As I was shoving my fourth Tim Tam into my mouth this morning, I received an email that woke me from my self-induced sugar coma and made me push the packet of biscuits away from me.

The email was from my friend Simone over at The Wellness Warung. Simone is one of my oldest and dearest friends, not to mention someone who inspires me to no end. She also happens to be a certified holistic health and lifestyle coach and raw food chef. In her Wellness Warung email, she mentioned a book which had inspired her recently, Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar. The crazy thing is, I had just discovered Sarah Wilson’s site yesterday and joined her Facebook page keen to learn more about this whole quitting sugar malarkey.

I’m a great believer in signs. I try to be very aware of the world around me and look for signs and messages all the time. To receive Simone’s email mentioning Sarah Wilson’s book one day after I’d subscribed to Sarah’s site is probably a coincidence, but I’m going to take it as a sign. Step away from the Tim Tams, Renee, step away!

Truth be told, I’ve been thinking about quitting sugar for some time now. I did it in the latter half of my pregnancy with Smiley when my gestational diabetes results were less than desirable and I found it really rewarding. After Smiley was born though, it is fair to say I fell of the wagon big time and my sugar addiction seems to be getting worse and worse. I’m a real sugar binger. Whenever times get stressful during the day, I shove sugary delight after sugary delight into my mouth. I am an emotional eater and lately being very sleep deprived I’ve been, well, emotional.

I was lucky to lose most of my pregnancy weight fairly easily early on in both pregnancies, but now I am packing on those kilos faster than I can pop another biscuit into my mouth. I’m sick of whinging and moaning about it too and not doing a damn thing about it. Yesterday, for example, I complained to a friend that I’d just eaten four (small) cupcakes and two Nutellas. Christ. That’s just not cool. This has got to stop. I need to get off this sugar train ASAP.

I don’t know how I’m going to do it yet, but I thought if I at least declare this to the world I have no choice but to go through with it. I’m scared, but I need to do this before I end up going down the same route as other family members who are battling with Type 2 Diabetes.

So, there it is. Decision made. I hereby declare I am quitting sugar … as soon as I finish those last few Tim Tams.

Anyone else out there addicted to sugar?

How do you keep your sugar intake under control?

Check out Simone’s Facebook page and let her help you become healthy, happy and hot!

8 comments on My name is Renee and I am a sugar addict

  1. wholefood simply
    May 24, 2013 at 4:24 am (5 years ago)

    Isn’t it funny how you seem to hear of a lot of random people doing the same thing at once? I have had quite a few people say to me recently that they are quitting sugar. I wish all the best, I went done that road many, many years ago and I am very glad I did. Taste and cravings change quickly, I am sure you will do brilliantly. Enjoy the journey.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 24, 2013 at 4:33 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Bianca. I must admit I’m not off to a good start today. I think it will be a long process. Meanwhile, your caramel slice recipe looks divine. I’m off to check it out now!

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  2. Jodie@freshhomecook
    May 24, 2013 at 7:21 am (5 years ago)

    Oh I hear you loud & clear Renee – I am such a sugar-holic! It’s not an easy thing to dispense with either – in my opinion! I try to substitute with things like coconut sugar, agave & rapadura (panela) sugar. They are unrefined, nutrient rich natural sweeteners that work really well in cooking. All the best with your decision – I am not that courageous … yet! πŸ™‚

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  3. mummywifeme
    mummywifeme
    May 24, 2013 at 10:33 am (5 years ago)

    Wow, Jodie. Thanks for the sugar substitute ideas. I think I really have a lot of research ahead of me to make this work. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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  4. Emily @ Have a laugh on me
    May 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm (5 years ago)

    I feel your pain, it’s sooo hard – and I have no answers, except that I used to eat to find motivation/energy and was left worse off, 3 kidsin 3.5 years will do that. HOWEVER, you have to want to give it up, otherwise there is NO point! Hang in there, you can do it, if you can’t, then you will eventually and don’t feel bad if it takes time! Emily πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 24, 2013 at 8:24 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi Emily!
      Yes, it’s such a vicious cycle isn’t it?! I find I’m snacking on sweets all day long to give me a burst of energy, but not long after that little sugar high I feel worse than ever. Thanks so much for your support!

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  5. Mallika
    August 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm (4 years ago)

    Go you! I have just started the I Quit Sugar program – week 2 and had a major relapse last night so am doing some inspirational reading material to get me back on track! I enjoyed reading and am going to read on to see how you went!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Mallika! God, I know what it’s like to have a relapse, especially around the two week mark!! The important thing though is that you dust the crumbs off yourself and get back on the wagon. Good luck!

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