So i've made the decision... im quitting sugar! I've wanted to do it for a while now just because i simply consume too much of the stuff and surely that isnt any good for me. I guess i finally decided it was time after picking up the book "Sweet Poison" and learning that sugar was in absolutely everything!
After doing the calculations I realised i was consuming a LOT of sugar daily. I always thought that it was just the odd Pizza Shapes box i picked up, or the odd block of chocolate that gave me my sugar hit and that i was fine, but after doing some research i realised that i am actually eating sugar 24/7.
A typical day for me looked like this:
Breakfast - bowl of Milo Crunch or 3 weetbix with 2 sugars and cup of green tea with 2 sugars
Snacking on biscuits during the day (the bad and oh so yum kind - cream filled!)
Lunch - microwave packet pastas, frozen pizzas or steamed dim sims (generally not so good stuff)
Snacking on Pizza Shapes or chocolates or biscuits after work, 2nd green tea of the day or glass of Creaming Soda
Dinner - whatever mum cooks, pastas, rice, meat etc
When i break it down, thats a sugary breakfast, with tea full of sugar, sugar snacks, sugary packet pastas, lots of sugar as a snack after work including a whole glass of sugar and then a generally okay dinner.
In saying that though, i did often drink Metamucil for fibre, which i later learnt is really good for you and i love fruit and vegetables which i occasionally fitted into my diet.
The goal for me is not to remove all sugar, because obviously we all need sugar to live, the goal for me is to remove all glucose sugar, and only consume lactose sugar (found in dairy) and fructose sugar (found in fruits).
I am scared i have to admit. Being such a happy, highly energised person I'm not sure of how quitting sugar will affect that part of me. Hopefully it doesnt! We shall see...
Its safe to say that this journey will be hard, and basing my new healthy lifestyle on what i've learnt from the book "Sweet Poison" I am now changing my diet to the below:
Breakfast - weetbix with no sugar, bran and fresh fruit
Morning snacks - vegetables, nuts and fruit
Lunch - tuna, salmon, meats or brown rice/pasta
Dinner - meats, brown pasta/rice, salmon, soup, home cooked meals with no sugar
Desserts/Snacks - fruit, yoghurt, frozen yoghurt
All of the above isn't that much of a struggle for me as i love all of the above foods and have made the effort re-stock my pantry, now all i have to do is eat only fruits when im craving sugar to give me a natural hit, and i should be able to get through my withdrawals relatively sound.
Wish me luck xxxx