Sugar Free Summer Part 1
On Memorial Day 2017, I gave up sugar. That's me on one day! I hope I look and feel a lot different on Labor Day! I am telling myself it's just until Labor Day but I know it needs to be forever. I am a sugar addict. I abuse sugar the way others abuse drugs or alcohol. I can not have sugar in moderation. One hit and I want it over and over again! I want to feel that original high I got on bite one. Too bad it never feels as good as the first bite so I never stop biting.
I could go on and on for days about my eating and dieting history and maybe I will in another post but for now I will keep it brief. I have always been an overeater especially when it comes to sugar. It didn't happen in college or when I got pregnant; it's pretty much always been this way. As a kid, I lied about food and took food that wasn't mine just to get more. I have been watching my weight since elementary school and I am well versed in calorie counting, portion control, and macronutrients. I have said for many years that I could teach the class and if you listened to me then you could lose the weight. It's just been hard to follow my own advice. The big thing that I have been missing for many years is that I can't do moderation! It's a great concept if you can do it. I CAN'T. All the other diets I have tried have included treating yourself in moderation. It always fails me because I end up "falling off the wagon".
The first time it ever occurred to me that I was a sugar addict and that I may need to cut sugar out forever was 5 years ago when I went to an overeater's anonymous meeting and they discussed it. I thought, wow, that's me but can I really give up sugar forever? At the time I decided no and went back to weight watchers for the millionth time.
The second time I really thought about cutting sugar was 3.5 years ago. I tried the Arbonne Detox which eliminates sugar along with many other toxic foods ( gluten, dairy, corn, etc) for 30 days. I lasted 10 days. I was impressed I lasted that long and it showed me I could do more if I wanted. But I still wasn't ready.
The third time I thought about cutting sugar was August of 2016. I did the whole 30 days of the Arbonne detox and I was flying high. Then is was over and I went right back to sugar and feel deep into holiday food and gained all that I lost. MLK day 2017 I started the detox and did amazing for 29 days. Day 30 was Valentine's Day and I lost it with cupcakes, pizza, and chocolate covered strawberries. Again, I lost control and ate my way through Spring. I had lost 10 pounds on that detox and by mid-May, I gained it back plus another 6 pounds. I was so upset that I realized that now is finally the time. It was now or never as they say so I started with no sugar and no gluten on Memorial 2017 and I have not looked back!
For me, sugar-free means minimal added sugar. I don't count sugar from fruit. My favorite treat is cold-pressed watermelon juice mixed with sparkling water (sometimes with vodka)! I look for the lowest sugar count possible but sometimes that still gets you a gram of sugar in your almond butter. I am not sweating that gram of sugar! I have not had any ice cream, candy, cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, pancakes with real syrup or anything with more than 3 grams of sugar in my serving. So that's what sugar-free means to me. I know that may not be your version but it's mine.
I also choose to cut gluten because it makes me more aware of the nutrition labels at the grocery store and when dining out. I don't have a gluten sensitivity but I think we are all eating way more gluten than our bodies need. I also like that I can cheat by eating gluten and still not eat sugar. I think we all like the idea of cheating a little. I mostly cheat and have pizza once a week.
I am starting the Arbonne detox (July 10- August 8) and I plan to do the reintegration period for 24 days after. I always skipped the reintegration period and this time I am determined not to. I think it will be easier since sugar is not even an option. During the reintegration period, you gradually bring back foods into your diet that you eliminated to see if a certain food is having a negative effect on you.
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