I've been sugar free for many, many years. I fell off the wagon for a short while. It didn't take long to put on weight, start getting those afternoon blahs and start having all kinds of little aches and pains. However, getting off the stuff proved difficult.
I'd start, handle it for a few days, then my hubby would bring home a box of cookies or I'd go to my Mom's and she'd have made a caramel cake and there I'd go. If you could hear the thoughts that went through my head! "Just one bite, that's all I'll have". "I'll start tomorrow." "I can just cut back."
Sugar is highly addictive.
Why do you think they give junkies coming off drugs all the candy they want? The feelings may not be as strong, but they do enough to help. They trade one addiction for another. One is legal, the other isn't.
Why do you think you have such a hard time sticking to a diet? It's not just the fats, it's the sugar that's in almost everything you eat!
Why do you think they now put sugar in almost everything? My shocker of the week was the sweet potato fries I used to buy. I had a craving for sweet potatoes, reached into the freezer section at Publix to grab a bag and just on a whim looked at the ingredients. Sugar. Why do they need to add sugar to something that is already so naturally sweet? I wasn't looking for sugar, I was curious to see what kind of preservatives or additives they had.
I got back off sugar with ease when it finally clicked. I wasn't really intending to stop eating it, either. I went on a low carb diet with my son, which meant --> NO SUGAR. I didn't think about it as I was so busy counting carbs and trying to find things I could eat. Luckily I was working my butt off for the first five or six days so I really didn't have time to feel the cravings.
At the end of the time with my son I realized I was well on my way to cleansing my system of sugar and that I may as well stick with it. I'll be doing this the rest of my life. I see no reason in the world to go back on sugar. I have so much more energy, most of my aches and pains have vanished and I've lost over 30 pounds in just a few short months. I'm in for good. I had forgotten how good it felt to be free of sugar.
So, I'm now on a hunt. I'm going to share what I find about hidden sugars and the affects of sugar on our bodies.