Now that Halloween is over, I want to share with you something I have been working on for the past few weeks. It may have been hard for you to come on this low sugar journey with me before then. Read on and you’ll see why.
You see, I had been lamenting the fact that every time I set foot on the scales, the number was a little higher than it was the time before and my clothes were a little tighter than what you would call comfortable. We have always had a good diet, rarely eating out, including lots of vegetables in meals and having fruit as snacks. Unfortunately, fruit wasn’t the only thing I was chowing down on in between meals.
For me, the after dinner time was the worst. I would stand up from the table, clean up the dishes and then go about my evening. It did not matter how much I ate at that meal or how full I was, within a very short period of time I would be haunting the fridge and the pantry for something else to eat. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I ate more in the time after dinner and before bed than I did in all of the the other hours combined.
I tried all sorts of solutions. I would begin the day determined that this time it would be different and end the day vowing to do better tomorrow. Diet books and limiting calories are next to useless. Who wants to feel deprived all of the time?
Eventually, I stumbled upon some advice that completely made sense to me and I decided to give it ago. That advice? Stop eating sugar! That was it. The research provided stated that sugar turns off the brain’s appetite suppression, the thing that tells us to stop eating when we are full. By eating sugar I was making it impossible to keep my agreement with myself. I had no mental control over what I was doing, I simply couldn’t help it.
I decided to go on a low sugar journey.
I began by overhauling my pantry and refrigerator and throwing away everything with added sugar and then I vowed not to put anything back in that contained it.
For three weeks now I have completely avoided eating anything with added sugar. The only sugar I eat now is that occurring naturally in fruit.
I spent quite a bit of time looking at the backs of all the packets and jars we owned and checking out how much extra sugar was contained in the items we used regularly.
It won’t come as much of a surprise to you that Nutella is about 70% sugar but discovering that barbecue sauce has 45% (depending upon brand), just about blew me away.
I now make sure that anything I buy is as low sugar as possible and chocolates and lollies are most definitely off the shopping list. You see why I think it might have been difficult to hear this before Halloween?
What was the result of this low sugar experiment?
I guess you are wondering what effect this radical overhaul has made. Well, one thing it has not done is make me cranky, like being on a ‘diet’ would do, that is for sure.
Firstly, I discovered that eating a meal actually made me feel full. Imagine that, once I finished eating I did not feel like eating anything more. This was a revelation to me. Though truth be told it was how I used to feel, I’d just forgotten how to make it happen.
I no longer haunt the kitchen after dinner and I don’t crave sweet foods anywhere near as much. Any craving I have I satisfy with some fruit. The sugar it contains comes nicely packaged with its own handy fibre which makes it easier for my body to digest. It has been a challenge at times, particularly during meetings at work where the default is to have lollies on the table in front of everyone but I have stayed strong. I have found that the pleasure of seeing the number on the scales and the image in the mirror has been greater than the pleasure of eating the lollies in that moment.
I would be lying if I said that going low sugar was easy but it was not as difficult as I expected it to be. I did feel a little ‘hollow’ for want of a better word, for the first week and a bit but that has now subsided.
On the weight front I have lost 7 pounds (3kg) without actually being on a diet or feeling deprived and my waist is now 3 inches (7.5cm) smaller. Some clothes have already been put back in rotation which is something I am very pleased about.
How you can do it too!
My challenge to you is to spend some time this week giving your pantry and refrigerator an overhaul and tossing out all of those appetite inducing sugary foods.
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