Two weeks ago I wrote about my addiction to sugar. Then I challenged you all to join me on a sugar purge. Did any of you try it? I managed to cut sugar out of my diet for an entire week. Seven whole days with no candy, chocolate, or baked goods. I allowed myself maple syrup in my plain oatmeal and one artificially sweetened yogurt. (I also accidentally had a mint after lunch at a restaurant, only realizing what I was doing once I had chewed it up).
I had tweeted that I was doing this sugar fast, and for the most part the response I got was very supportive and encouraging. But there was one comment that stood out a bit, because the person who wrote it (and it wasn’t someone I knew so I can’t remember who it was!) said it was a little extreme and that instead of cutting out sugar I should just eat it in moderation.
Yea, I think cutting out sugar from your diet is a little extreme. It’s definitely not for everyone. But I still wanted to do it, and here’s why. The first reason, for my daughter. If you didn’t read my post, she recently had food intolerance testing done and is sensitive to sugar and chocolate. If she has to eliminate these foods, then I need to make an effort not to have them in the house. I cannot eat sugary foods around her and expect her not to want them too.
The second reason? To prove to myself that I COULD do it. I could break the addiction and the cycle of turning to chocolate and sweets to satisfy my hunger. I could do it, and I DID do it!
How did I feel? Well it wasn’t the easiest thing I have done, and the first couple of days were the hardest. I was hungry often, and felt light headed and shaky. But by the 3rd day my cravings for sugar were gone, and I wasn’t thinking about chocolate or candy at every meal. I was even offered chocolate and gluten-free snacks at an event, but turned them down. By the end of the week I had lost momentum and the cravings came back. I took my son to Dairy Queen for dessert, and ordered a Dilly Bar. End of sugar purge.
I’m not advising people to go ahead and do this. For me it was a test in a way to prove to myself that I didn’t need the sugar. That I was capable of making healthier choices, and that I have the willpower to say no. And I think that’s key, because my willpower went on vacation for the past couple of months, and I’m glad it’s back.
At this point, I’m feeling a little lost and directionless. My weight loss goal feels like a moving target, and I have no real plan to help me get there. I’m lacking structure and accountability (that WW provided me). I’m feeling that I need to invest in either going back to Weight Watchers or in personal training to help push me to my goal.
Obviously what I have been doing the past few months has not been working for me, so why do I keep doing it? Should I go back to Weight Watchers?