No Added Sugar Challenge

I’ve been hesitating to make this post because I was afraid to commit but I think I need to just do it.

I want to cut out sugar from my diet. By that I mean added sugar such as agave nectar, raw sugar, brown sugar, chocolate, ice cream, candy, etc… but not including fruit. So I need to check labels on things like salsa, broth, pasta sauce and make sure sugar is not an ingredient.

The reason I have been putting this off is that it is VERY hard to not indulge in sugary treats in social situations. If I tell people I’m not eating any sugar they assume that I am trying to lose weight and since I am not very fat they instantly worry or try to push it on me. It’s just awkward. I also don’t like hanging around while people are indulging in sweet stuff and I’m just sitting there. But I need to just do it. Some people just don’t eat sugar and that’s their life. I need to be one of those people.

Why do I want to do this? I am a sugar addict. I have a huge sweet tooth. When I eat sweets I eat way too many of them. I have a difficult time not overeating sweets. When I do this I feel drunk. I feel groggy, sluggish, gross. I don’t want to do anything, I sleep a lot more, and I have a hard time waking up.

Last summer I cut out sugar for a while and I felt amazing. I want to be there again. I want to wake up feeling refreshed. I want to feel awake during the day. I don’t want to be constantly thinking about the next time I’m going to eat something sweet.

So this is it. I’m starting tomorrow. I’m doing 44 days, then after that I’m going to reassess my goals. I’ll probably post weekly updates on how I’m doing and feeling.

I’m ready. Let’s do this!



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