No, no it was not, especially for me. I have a massive sweet tooth, but I knew that giving up sugar would be good for my diet and overall health.
Granulated sugar wasn’t the only sweet thing I cut from my diet, the majority of sweets, chocolates and cakes were out of the window as well. I will give myself credit- that I was really good at sticking with no sweets diet for a good 6+ months. But eventually they crept back into my diet.
My main issue was how much granulated sugar I used in my hot drinks. Now, for the big reveal on my sugar consumption. Hold onto your hats boys & girls! In a normal size mug I would use 3 teaspoons of sugar for tea and 5 tsps for coffee. And that is already a cut down amount from what I used to have when I was a kid. And yes, I have tried to cut down in the past, usually half a tsps at a time, but it never worked. Last thing to try was going cold turkey on sugar.
This time was different- I was training for the Great North Run & I wanted my diet to be really good. I wanted to run the GNR in a certain time and I also wanted to lose weight. There wouldn’t be any better opportunity for me to try it. So I did.
Here is how I did it!
- The day I decided to cut sugar out- that was it- it was out- no delays or ‘I’ll start from Monday kind of rubbish. Just did it on that day.
- I replaced sugar with honey for my hot drinks (and slices of melon) to help me get my test buds used to not having sugar.
- After a couple of weeks- I wasn’t using honey either.
- I stopped eating chocolate, cakes, sweets, crisps, fast food- basically all junk food.
- I am a grazer & I eat all through the day- so I replaced that with carrot sticks, tomatoes, cucumber, nuts- all the healthy options.
- My fruit intake increased as I needed the sweetness from somewhere.
- I stayed active during my training, which definitely helped.
- I started using Gluten Free products (to help with my ongoing issue with migraines)
Any side effects?
- The day after I stopped my sugar intake, I did get a big migraine, but that was the only one. I didn’t get any other unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
- I felt less bloated, I had more energy through the day without these dips when sugar level drops.
- In combination with lots of running and generally better diet I did lose weight and toned up.
- My taste buds changed, a lot. I have always LOVED milk chocolate, because dark chocolate was too bitter, but now I much rather prefer dark chocolate. Milk ones are just too sweet. I have never liked olives, but I absolutely love them now. Same goes for avocado- love toast + mashed avocado on top.
- Because of running & training a lot for the Great North Run, I was worried that my energy level will drop, after giving up sugar. But I was absolutely fine and felt the best I’ve felt thus far.
- After a while you get used to not having the sugar and you don’t crave it as much.
Am I still sugar free?
Yes and no. I haven’t used granulated sugar or sweeteners in my hot drinks since that day 2.5years ago. I have started eating all the sweets & chocolates, cakes & crisps. When I am writing this post- I am trying to kick this habit again. Because of me having a massive sweet tooth, it is very hard to not eat chocolate. That is my kryptonite. I do feel proud of myself for giving up sugar, as I thought I would never be able to do it. Even my husband didn’t think I would do it or sustain it. Well done ME!
I really hope this can inspire you to give up sugar as well. You can do it, you just need to put your mind to it and stick with it. It will be hard for a while, but you will get used to not having it.
If you have any further questions, please leave a comment.