Sugar Addict Series

Sugar Addiction Series- Weeks 2-4.

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Hi, and welcome back to The Sugar Addict Series, where i am documenting my journey through Sugar Addiction.

You can see The Sugar Addict Series Week 1 here

And these are my rules and reasons for doing this series.

It’s been a few weeks since I posted about Sugar Addiction, so this is a bigger update than last time. I’ll be covering what I’ve been noticing in regards to physical changes, how my diet looks at the moment, plus the difficulties I’ve faced.

So, let’s start with the positive stuff.

Sugar Addiction Week 2:

Increased Energy. This took a while to show itself, but by the end of week 2, i had so much more energy than before, and no energy crashes either.

Less bloating. This was one of the fist benefits and was lovely!

Weight loss (down 3lbs)

Digestion- Maybe TMI, but I always woke up with an upset stomach in the morning, having eaten sugary foods the night before. In Week 2, that completely stopped.

Increased hunger signals. My body also started telling me when it was hungry.This was totally unexpected. I always thought I didn’t have hunger signals, but I think the sugar was just masking them.

And then…

However, by week 4, I was back into difficulties again, and started consuming sugar. I wrote a quick list in my diary, as to why.

  • The cravings were still daily, which I don’t think I was expecting.
  • Insomnia in the 2nd week continued, leaving me completely lacking in energy and unable to focus.
  • When you have Sugar Addiction, living with people who aren’t quitting sugar is HARD! My husband and kids love sugar, unfortunately. While I’ve also been encouraging them to eat healthier, increasing their veg intake for example, I’m not expecting them to follow a sugar free diet. This is my journey, not theirs, and I have to learn how to control myself around sugar instead of banning it from the house.

How my diet looks (when I’m on track, eating healthy)

I’m planning on filming a ‘Sugar Addiction-What I Eat in A Day’ video for my YouTube channel soon, which will show you in more detail what I eat, and you can also follow me on Instagram where I share a lot of what I eat. I’ll give you a rough run down of my diet now, with a typical day of eating. I do have to say that some of my meals (specifically breakfast) does not look like a ‘normal’ breakfast for the average person. Please don’t let that put you off on your own journey. You can eat whatever YOU like, this is just MY preference.

I’ve been mainly focusing on a Whole Foods diet. What that means is, eating as little processed foods as possible. Obviously quitting sugar already eliminates a lot of processed and packaged goods, but eating Whole Foods means making sure what I do eat is healthy.

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I went YEARS without eating it, and I don’t understand why or how. I love making breakfast, and eating it too. A typical breakfast looks something like a plate of veggies with guacamole. I know, I told you that this isn’t the norm! Last year I read somewhere how unhealthy and sugar laden the average breakfast was. Where did we get this idea that we can only eat sweet things for breakfasts? If we look at other countries, it’s not at all uncommon for them to start their day with savoury foods.

So, I tried it. I chop up all my favourite veggies- normally carrots, mushrooms, cabbage or kale, and bell peppers- and sauté them along with some finely diced sweet potato, then sauté them in water or coconut oil, and add a little soy sauce and Chinese 5 Spice when they are almost done.

Then I make some guacamole and dollop some on top. It’s delicious and keeps me full up for hours.

Lunch I really struggle with. I always feel like I can skip this, but then end up ravenous at 3pm (those hunger signals are definitely working!). Because of that, lunch is usually quite small and consists of leftovers, salad or soup. Sometimes a combination of all 3, depending on what we have in the house. I try and stay away from sandwiches or anything bread related, as I get so gassy and bloated it’s uncomfortable.

Dinner is always the easiest meal to make. No matter what, 1/3 of our plates are filled with a veggie or 2, preferably a green like cabbage or broccoli. My family like Spaghetti and Meatballs, Chilli and lots of mince-based meals (made from scratch). However, I prefer to eat less meat and more plant based. I’m definitely not 100% plant based, but I eat about 70% plant based and replace meat when I can. I also like to make veggie burgers and have them with home-made fries (just potatoes and seasoning).

We don’t have dessert, but there is always plenty of fruit around to snack on.

That is the first month done. As from today (Monday 6th July) I am getting back to reducing my sugar intake again. What have been your experiences on a Low/No Sugar diet?

Until next time.

Claire.

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  1. Sugar really is hidden in our diets alot of the time isnt it. Im not sure I could even begin to cut it out.

    1. ClaireG says:

      I’ve just started with the obvious stuff. Once i have that conquered, i’ll see about things like ketchup etc.

  2. I’m loving those ideas for breakfast. I might have to try that for myself! Well done on completing a month!

    1. ClaireG says:

      Thanks Claire. I really recommend it, they are so much more filling than cereal or toast! Plus, they are healthier.

  3. Carolyn says:

    I’ve cut back on processed and added sugar hugely too. I now only have a small squirt of maple syrup in my porridge in the mornings and thats it. Most of my sweetness is now in the form of frsh fruit and I’ve switched over to unsweetned plain greek yogurt. I’ve ordered some Skinny syrups with zero sugar to try them out in my porridge instead. The only time I’ll have refined sugar apart from that is if my mum and dad offer me a biscuit when I visit them and I’ll be eating ice a slice of birthday cake on my daughters birthday.

    Have really enjoyed your updates on cutting out refined sugar…you are doi g great! It’s encouraging me to keep going too. Carolyn xx

    1. ClaireG says:

      Thanks Carolyn, I’ve been following your journey for a while and love your Instagram! I’d love to hear what you think of the skinny syrups. I saw some in TK Maxx a while ago and was tempted! Thanks for the comment.

  4. Debbie Flannery says:

    I’m diabetic and about 10 years ago I went to see a nutritionist as part of my diabetic plan on the NHS.

    Being diabetic, and because I haven’t kept it under control as I should, my body operates on high sugars so when I do attempt to get it under control I get false hypos. So it feels like my body is crashing when in actual fact its just coming down off all the sugar. I do find I’m much more energetic and less lethargic when I eat more healthier and reduce the intake of sugar. I already cook most things from scratch and don’t use jar sauces. Will be interesting to see if I can do anything else different 😊

    1. ClaireG says:

      Thanks for the comment Debbie! I think my body is so used to a high level of sugar, I feel so poorly when I don’t eat it! I have hypoglycemia and feel exactly like that for a few days of cutting out the sugar. It makes me panic sometimes that I’m going to pass out.Luckily, that feeling passes after a few days though. It can be so scary though! I have a very strong family history of Diabetes, so want to get my sugar addiction under control asap. I’m not getting any younger (I’m 40)!

  5. Love hearing about your journey and sharing your ups and downs

  6. Great to hear someone else who eats veggies for breakfast!

    1. ClaireG says:

      I’m not the only one then! Everyone thinks I’m insane!

  7. I am too aware that I am a sugar addict and am trying to cut down. It was great to read the benefits of cutting it out for some inspiration.

    1. ClaireG says:

      Thanks Melanie. I was looking for inspiration in blog form, but couldn’t find any, hence why I started this series. Glad you’re enjoying it!

  8. I have tried the cut back so much.!its not easy but I definitely have seen the benefits of small changes. Well Done you are doing a great job!

    1. ClaireG says:

      Thanks Marie, it can be so difficult can’t it! Any changes are positive!

  9. Fab post Claire. I didn’t realise that sugar was linked to insomnia, that’s so interesting and something I will definitely look into as I struggle so much to sleep!

    1. ClaireG says:

      I didn’t even know it either, until i quit! Thanks Grainne.

  10. This is really interesting. My weakness is coke and I often crave it, I don’t drink it every day but probably about 4 cans a week. I often feel bloated too. So much so that I have really thought hard about my diet recently.

    1. ClaireG says:

      Oh Coke really bloats me so bad! I get bloated from a lot of carbonated drinks. Thanks for the comment Sarah!

  11. Great post, I find using raw ingredients is best when preparing meals, as you know exactly what ingredients you are using

    1. ClaireG says:

      Yes, exactly Marina!

  12. I eat/drink far too much sugar and it shows in my body shape and weight. I really need to cut it out as much as possible. It’s hard though isnt it x

    1. ClaireG says:

      It’s SUPER hard, I totally agree!

  13. My friend is allergic to it and it’s not until you concentrate on where the sugar really is you realise how much it’s in things!

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