Is Giving Up Sugar A Good Idea For You?

Today wasn’t a really good day. In fact, for the past three days I started out with a healthy smoothie (no sugar) for breakfast and a reasonable lunch. By mid afternoon my cravings set in. Even though I don’t have any sweets in the house, I’ve been finding creative ways to get a sugar fix. Brown sugar and walnuts on top of plain greek yogurt. Powdered sugar mixed into plain peanut butter on rice cakes. A few days ago I even made some of those “no bake” chocolate oatmeal cookies. It’s got to stop.

So today I took all three sugars, white, brown and powdered, and threw them all in the trash.

Sugar has a way of slowly creeping back into my life then taking over. I really go in cycles with this. I start off by not eating sugar, then think I can have a little. And before you know it I’m dreaming of ways to get my afternoon fix. I swear it off, then it creeps in little by little.

Perhaps in writing this post it will be a reminder to not go there again. I’m making a commitment (and a blog) to being sugar free.

It’s really not that hard. I remember going to my brother’s wedding years ago when I was sugar free and not even having a piece of his cake. And the funny thing is, it really wasn’t a big deal at all. My brother got married and I didn’t eat a piece of his cake! I can do this!

I have found that I go back and forth with this. And the degree of sugar I allow varies too. For example 2 tablespoons of ketchup has almost twice sugar as a Hershey Kiss (3.7 and 2.5 respectively). So if I cut sugar out of my life do I avoid ketchup?

What really matters is how much of it we are obsessed with. I don’t consume packet after packet of ketchup, but I do with Hershey Kisses. So maybe some sugar is okay.

Weight loss is a journey of discovery. What has worked for me in the past doesn’t always work now. Sometimes my cravings are different. Sometimes my temptations vary. Sometimes the things I’m exposed to, like working at our family cheesecake mix factory, makes me eat more.

Whatever season you’re in in your weight loss journey, think about sugar and how it affects you. Is it something you may want to cut out of your life? If so, how much. Experiment with it. Don’t expect perfection. We’re all works in progress.

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