Goodbye’s can be sad and often hard.
While this goodbye has been hard, it’s definitely not a sad goodbye. Honestly I feel more like punching sugar in the face as opposed to waving my hanky at it with a tear in my eye while sailing out to sea on the QE2.
I won’t bore you with all the details of my health issues or why I feel the need to give up sugar other than to give you a broad overview in case something I write about may help you with your own life.
In 2005 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and though I am cured now I still have many issues that the Doctors don’t really see as a problem. Things like chronic fatigue, allergies, insomnia, digestive issues and others. Recently I have been diagnosed with chronic Endometriosis which is hugely painful and I am currently on hormone suppressing medication to try and cure that.
Oh the joy.
I think most people are beginning to understand the effects of sugar on our bodies and why one might be inclined to do such a thing. In trying to feel better and be healthier I feel the best thing I can start to do is reduce the amount of sugar in my diet.
If you’d like to know more about my personal ‘why’ you can ask but I don’t want this series to be a boring one about my medical issues.
Just know that I am known for being a person who, when dining out, looks at the dessert menu first to see what main course I can fit in.
I have tried to limit my sugar intake over the years and I have tried going cold turkey but unfortunately I always lapse.
The only times I’ve been able to not eat sugar is when I’ve spent 10 days at a health retreat where they made all my meals and wouldn’t even give me fruit as I was trying to give up sugar (thank goodness for the Vitamin C tablets I had with me for when I needed a sugar hit )
But as soon as I left the retreat I was back on the sugar the first day I was released. I’ve been to this retreat twice and for me it’s just not cost effective to keep going back!
I did some research about at home programs and I have decided to give the “I Quit Sugar” program a go.
My reasons for choosing this particular book:
- It’s downloadable. There’s no waiting to receive it and I can read it on my iMac, iPhone and iPad
- It is supposed to be actionable as well as giving the theory behind the process
- It follows an 8 week timeframe for giving up sugar. Studies that people always quote regarding setting new habits always seem to say that it takes somewhere between 3 to 8 weeks to make a habit stick. So hopefully this means not eating sugar will become ingrained.
- Sarah Wilson has been successful in giving up sugar. The process she shares in this book is based on her experience and research. I know everyone is different but I’m willing to try something that has worked for someone else.
Week 1 of I Quit Sugar
Week 1 is about cutting back on your sugar intake.
For me this will take the form of:
- No adding sugar to my hot beverages
- No eating chocolate bars or candy
- Limiting my bread intake
- No drinking soda
I’m excited but nervous about how I will go.
If you’ve had any experience with this I’d love to hear about it!