Monday, June 11, 2012

sugar addict and eating sugar free


Much to my shock and horror recently, I discovered I am a sugar addict.

Well, I knew I loved my sweets but it was not until recently that I was able to see just how much I was letting it control my life. I had been struggling every day for the last 6 months with trying to eat healthy meals. I would eat healthy food all during the day and then when it came to night time I would eat something sweet and mess up all of my healthy eating. 

The problem was that this was not happening every so often, it was happening to me every single day. I couldn't control my craving for sugar. My body wanted some type of sugar hit every single day. It would happen before I even knew it happened! I would find myself shocked...What I just ate 5 biscuits! How did that happen! Then I would feel terrible, go run on the treadmill and exhaust myself, go to bed and start the same cycle all over again the next day!

Then one day I could not stand it anymore. After spending 2 days of total healthy eating I was horrified to find myself eating a whole packet of these horrible sugar treats {see below}. Clearly I needed help! So I took a picture of them and shared it on Instagram. This was my caption that went along with it: 

What is it with these! 
I simply can't say NO and then I feel sick every time I eat one. 
Let's change that sentence: What is it with ME!!!

Lucky for me my friend Holly immediately replied: 
Sugar addiction love. Can I send you a book to read?

Here is the book she sent me:


Now, normally when I read a book, I read it very fast. This book, I read very slowly. I took my time, I soaked in the knowledge and found myself searching for the right pearls of wisdom that I personally needed to make a change for the better. I found myself nodding along, seeing clearly why I was struggling and also disappointed with the assurance that I was addicted to sugar. 

I immediately started cutting sugar out of my diet and life. I cleaned out cupboards, I made announcements to my family and committed myself to eat sugar free. Surprisingly, the first week was relatively easy. I found that having knowledge behind me of why it is better not to eat sugar made it so much easier to stick to my sugar free plan. I felt a little more tired but so much better for the decision I made. 

For some reason, day 9 was my hardest day. I struggled through the whole day. I tried to keep myself busy but my body really, really wanted sugar. To deal with it, I made myself a fruit smoothie, with simply berries and milk and went to bed early as I was in one grumpy mood!

During the weeks I felt more in control of my eating. I felt healthier, I looked healthier and I was not finding myself disappointed with my eating habits. Now I am up to week six of eating sugar free. I have to add that sugar free for me means I still eat fruit. I did not go that crazy and chop out all food that naturally contained any type of sugar. 

Along my sugar free journey I did have one day where I tried eating a chocolate chip biscuit to see if there was any difference. To my surprise I found it tasted bland, I did not enjoy it and I really did not miss eating it. Amazing! Now I find I get full quicker, I am in more control and I feel so much happier with no sugar in my life. I have lost over 5kg since starting it and the weight has been slowly, naturally coming off. An added bonus for trying to live a healthier life.

I highly recommend reading this book. Some parts are hard to get through where David is explaining the medical/technical reasons behind why sugar is bad for you but other than that is was a great read. I am so thankful that Holly sent it to me as it has made a huge difference in my life.

Have you ever tried going sugar free?
Is sugar controlling your life?

28 comments:

  1. AnonymousJune 11, 2012

    What perfect timing for this entry. Today I'm starting a sugar free diet for health reasons and more importantly I too am a sugar addict. I haven't bought the book yet but have read info from Sarah Wilson. Thanks for posting this today. It's a great encouragement

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    1. Love that you are starting today and found my experience encouraging. One of the best decisions I have made in a long time. Good luck on your sugar free journey. N x

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  2. Good work Naomi...I know Im a sugar addict but dont want to give it up...have read the books and made some changes...but not taken the leap yet :)

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    1. Making small changes is a great start. You have done something at least. You will know when the time is right to take that leap and will feel so much better for it. N x

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  3. AnonymousJune 11, 2012

    Well done how satisfying I was on a good roll for 2 weeks then had 2 days of birthday cake (my own) and chocolate and wine - I allowed myself to- but now as his book says, back to finding it takes extra strength to say no to sugar. Thanks for your honesty.
    Theresa Gold Coast

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    1. I think it is fine to treat yourself every so often, especially for your birthday. My problem was I was treating myself every single day! Now I have more control I can get back to having a treat on special occasions and then go back to no sugar. A big change for me.

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  4. I know I'm a sugar addict - at times I've had a vicious circle due to having PCOS and hormone inbalance. There are certain times when I crave sugar like crazy and I've been known to binge on chocolate, icecream & softdrink for days! Thankfully over the last few years I've gotten it under control - strangely enough thanks to a fad diet - the "soup diet". If you haven't heard of it, basically you live off a vegetable soup for 10 days, eating other healthy foods at certain times, but absolutely no processed food. I did that 7 years ago and it helped me immensely. Also when pregnant with my now 5.5yr old, I could not stand eating anything sweet, even the smallest drink of lemonade made me sick. But, now I still crave and give in to chocolate and cannot drink my milky black tea without sugar. I have a softdrink once a week and am trying to get hubby to stop buying the icecream and other treats. My willpower is weak when he is offering me a bowl of icecream, lol.
    I'm almost ready to go sugar free, hopefully this time for good.
    Great work on being sugar free for 6 weeks.

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    1. Hi Kylie, Yes, I have heard of the soup diet and used it a couple of times to drop a few kilo's. I am also hearing you on trying to get hubby to stop bringing treats into the house. Makes it so much harder! Good luck and I hope you can stick to it this time. Even trying is better than nothing :)

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  5. Oh,I am a huge sugar addict, with PCOS and borderline diabetes. I tried to go sugar free and lasted three weeks, but felt terribly bloated and "stuffed up" for the whole period - the opposite of how you're meant to feel. I need to try again, or at least take another hard look at myself and heavily reduce sugar intake. Check out Sarah Wilson's website, she has a lot of sugar-free ideas. Good luck Naomi!

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    1. Three weeks is an awesome effort! Strange that you would feel worse from doing it. Maybe see what your doctor has to say about it. Hope you can make it work for you. n x

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  6. Good on you Naomi. Sugar is that hidden ingredient... in so many foods. I have no doubt you will continue to kick goals on you sugar free diet. I think there is a lot to be said for some of these scary facts about sugar xx

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    1. Once I started looking at food labels I was absolutely shocked how much sugar is in food. The amount of sugar in some sauce's just blew me away! Trying is better than doing nothing I always say! N x

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  7. Hi Maomi, I think I'd love to do something like this. The only thing that concerns me are how quick and easy it is to have that sugar snack when you're out and about at the shops, or you've got two young kids at home and you need energy to get through the day. Does the book offer helpful hints along these lines? Tips and tricks perhaps? Otherwise I'd love to read it. I'm sick of not fitting my clothes properly!

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    1. It is a lot harder when you are out with the kids. I started the plan myself first to give it a go and have slowly been making changes with my kids. I had to know I could do it and feel the benefits before I could deal with all the kids against me on it. I am currently reading David's second book - The Sweet Poison Quit Plan and that has more tips and hints in it for actually cutting out sugar. I will probably write about it when I have finished it. Worth giving a try though. N x

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  8. I went sugar free for 6 weeks (very committed to eliminating any refined sugar- like you, I ate fruit). But no bread, spaghetti sauce with refined sugar, etc, etc. It was an experiment to see if it helped me with some joint problems I was having at the time. By the end of it, I definitely did not crave it anymore, but once I re-started eating it, I quickly became re-addicted! (which is where I am now- ugh... I sure do love it :/

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  9. Sugar free is hard. David's second book: The Sweet Poison Quit Plan gives plenty of good ideas about what food you can eat and even some glucose-based recipes. I just tried glucose chocolate slice and it was amazing!
    www.sarahwilson.com.au also has an e-book and now a new recipe book for anyone looking for hints, tips etc.
    Well done and welcome to a brighter, happier, healthier world without sugar!!!

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  10. AnonymousJune 11, 2012

    Well done! I know how hard those first weeks are. I was in the same boat and have now not had sugar (chocolate, ice cream, cakes, biscuits) for 4 weeks yesterday. I really felt like i was missing something and didnt fell right.(being an emotional eater) I found week 2 really hard as that time of the month I eat lots of chocolate. Have lot 4 kgs and get full quicker.

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  11. I have been mostly sugar free for over a year. During that year I have had times that I over indulged. I felt awful. I have also had to drastically reduce the grains in my diet. They actually turn to sugar in the body and wreak havoc on insulin levels. When I over indulge I feel achy in my joints, bloated and puffy--my eyes are so bad!

    The news program Sixty Minutes did a documentary segment recently on sugar and the toxic aspects of it. Look up their website--fifteen minutes.

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  12. Rachelle BoekelJune 11, 2012

    My whole family my Husband and 4 children 12,10,6 and 2 as well as my self. We start today. Soft drink is our killer. H2o is all we will have from now on. We are also cutting Glutin and yeast too. It is all poison. We are Going to flip our world as we know it. I know it won't be easy but we are stronger than we give our selves credit for. We are going to grow our own fruits and veggies and get some sheep and cattle, goats and pigs and chickens and go back to basics. No hormones and junck very excited. My best friend Niki put me on to this site.

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  13. We bought a Soda Stream, and I think the sparkling water is a good substitute for soft drink. I drink a lot more water than I ever did when it has bubbles :-)

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  14. I read Sarah Wilson's book a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I have cut out soft drink and all fruit juices, I have only been drinking water and found it much easier than I expected. Now like Sarah suggests, I am trying to incorporate drinking tea and taking out chocolate. The tea drinking thing is new to me, I hope I begin to like it more!

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  15. Rachelle BoekelJune 12, 2012

    Second day today still ok at the moment. I went shopping and to my supprise sugar is in every thing. It has got me so cross...

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  16. Good on you. I've been fructose free for about 15 months, and love it. My eczema is under control, I feel healthier, and I feel sick if I eat sugar now. All the best with it :)

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  17. AnonymousJune 13, 2012

    For further reading, Garry taubes books are excellent! Heavy reading but so informative. For more recipes go to supercharged foods website, lee Holmes is great! Good luck love.

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  18. Your story sound great! I have the same problem: healthy meals throughout the day and then, in the evening, bam. Sugar, sugar and more sugar. It's kind of frustrating.
    Does anyone know where I can buy the book? I live in Germany and could only find it at amazon for about 50 € which is way to expensive for me (I'm a student, the second semester is really getting harder every day). Any ideas? Or maybe someone has two books and would sell one to me?
    Love,
    Jola

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  19. Go Naomi! Just seeing if you're still sugar free, or like me, have a fructose limited diet. I am usually good, but still have bouts of relapses. Then I kick myself because I don't miss it, and then I'm addicted again. It's a terrible cycle isn't it? xx

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  20. Came to this post via the link on your post today (Nov 12). Yep I've also been 'avoiding sugar' since the beginning of May this year. I eat fruit, cheese and nuts instead of cakes, slices and choc bars. I have more energy, don't feel as hungry any more, don't have to get up in the night to go to the loo any more, and I've lost weight...nice and slowly so no extra wrinkles on my 'older' face! lol I know now that I was addicted to sugar :-( Honestly don't miss it but unlike you I find if I do eat something sweet, it isn't bland but instead, extremely sweet and yucky!

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  21. I downloaded Sarah Wilson's books last night and am going to buy David Gillespies in hard copy tomorrow. I've wanted to do this for a long time. I hope I am as successful as you :)

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