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