Today, I am quitting sugar.

Yes – yet another blog post about someone on their sugar-quitting journey.

I’ve done it before.  Yet this time – it’s completely different.

Last time I quit sugar, it was completely superficial.  I wanted to lose weight because at the time, I thought I was fat.  Completely fear based.  End of.

This time, I’m doing it because my body needs it.  

This time – I am guided completely by LOVE.

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It’s not about weight loss for me.  It’s an experiment.  An experiment to see if I come out the other side feeling clearer, more energised and less bloated.  I want to feel good.  I want to be firing on all cylinders.  I want to treat my body with love and respect.  I can finally say, with my hand on my heart, that I don’t give two-hoots what the number is on the scales (I don’t even have scales!) – this is about FEELING amazing.

I’ve never been a big sweet tooth.  I’ve never been one to not be able to have chocolate in the house for fear of eating the whole block.  I don’t eat processed sugar – it’s all been about reliance on the natural stuff.  For as long as I can remember, I have always needed a little something sweet after every meal.  Be it a handful of dried fruit, a piece of dark chocolate or a bliss ball.

The thing is – I’ve been telling myself for so long that this is what I “needed”, that it’s become yet another story I have hung on to.  It’s a habit.  And it’s one I would like to break.  I’ve been slowly weaning myself for the past couple of weeks, but today I go cold turkey.

From all accounts, quitting sugar brings clarity of the mind and a whole bundle of extra energy.  And with two little ones to run around after, I need that.  It’s got to a point now, where I am craving the energy over the sugar.  I want to wake up each morning with a spring in my step, rather than cursing the alarm clock.

How long with this last?  I don’t know.  But there will be absolutely no pressure, because as I said before – I am doing this out of complete and utter LOVE.

Why am I sharing this with you?  This blog has always been about my own journey to wellness, and sharing my wins and losses along the way.  This will be no different.

Ultimately, I suppose this is about freedom.  Freedom from habit, freedom from “the story”.  Two of my core desires this year were INTENTIONAL and LIMITLESS.  And I believe this little experiment fits in perfectly with both those feelings.

So today is the day.

Let’s do this.

Have you quit sugar before?  Are you sugar-free?  I would love to hear about your experiences with the white stuff.  

Author: Amelia

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3 thoughts on “Freeing myself from the sweet stuff

  1. Hey girl! Yep, I did the Sarah Wilson “8 week detox” and it was amazing. Amazing that I could gore myself full of food, protein, good fats and even full fat dairy like cottage cheese and CREAM cheese, and I still lost 3kg in the first 3 weeks! After getting over my cravings, I did feel a lot more in control of myself.

    I AM the sort of person that does eat half a block (never gone the whole block 😉 ) of chocolate, or overeats on cake. Sure, saying “Moderation is the key” is all well and good… but most of the time? When I have ONE , it’s never just ONE, is it? So I needed this to get me straight. And you’re SO right, we often just replace the refined sugar craving with a handful of dates and tell ourselves it’s better for us. Um, no. And the “But it’s NATURAL sugar” line doesn’t work either! Our liver processes it the same. And too much sugar just throws our body into a tizz! The only slightly better thing about dates is that you get a couple of vitamins or minerals along with it. Nothing you can’t get from a chunk of broccoli.

    One I got control of myself and cut out all fruit for the 3 weeks in the middle of the detox, a strawberry suddenly tastes pretty sweet! I was really glad I had the guidance of the 8 week detox book, which was full of incredible recipes and helped me love food (and my body) even more!

    Well done, you’re going to LOVE how you feel on it, and your body will be so nourished!

    Posted on March 11, 2014 at 11:17 am
  2. How exciting and may I say, what an inspiring brave step for a mumma of two little ones! Its a fantastic thing to role model for them, that food can be enjoyable but you don’t have to be a slave to it.

    I loved Hannah’s comment (above) about sugar and eating the whole block of chocolate, that was me too! I definitely feel more in control now, but do occasionally do some super clean weeks/a month to bring everything back to kilter if there’s been a few too many cakes and treats.

    Congrats, and I’m looking forward to reading your progress.

    Posted on March 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm