Could you quit sugar all together?

Monday, March 9, 2015

I’m fascinated with dietary changes and as I found out over the weekend, the topic of sugar is one of the best conversation starters.

A few weeks ago I read this article about Sarah. After playing with the idea of eliminating sugar from her diet, she finally took the plunge. What surprised me was that her diet was actually pretty healthy and very similar to mine, yet in reality, it all added to a whopping 25 teaspoons of sugar a day! She usually went for honey, fruits, dark chocolate, yet she still felt like she was on a constant roller-coaster of sugar highs and lows. As soon as she stopped eating fructose, she noticed that her energy, skin and wellness improved drastically so she just kept going - 4 years later, she is healthier than ever.

The subject of a sugar free diet is close to me, since last year 3 of my friends quit fructose and it amazes me how much heather they feel. One of them quit sugar after a nutrition specialist told her that her 3pm energy slumps and a sudden waist weight gain was due to sugar.

What do you think? Could you do it?

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(via Daily Mail. Photo via Sofia)

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

My dermatologist advice me to stop eating chocolate after I got acne. It took time but my face and back cleared. I believe in the connection between sugar and well-being.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I actually quit sugar many years back. It was a little hard at first but your body doesn't miss it once you give it up for good. The change was great for my energy levels as well as my skin. Sugar is a major culprit in aging as well.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Jillian Manesh said...

considering i JUST had a girl scout cookie... no. probably not. but i love the IDEA of cutting down on sugar. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Art Farm said...

I'm with Jillian, I'd love to cut down, but damn I just love chocolate way too much! xo, Katie

Hildi said...

I'm with Jillian too on this one. I did quit sugar, completely, for about three months and while my skin and eyes looked great I was a miserable cow most of the time. My first bit of chocolate after those three months, ( which I must admit felt like Y E A R S was heaven). I like the idea of being able to give it up again, my body is whispering to me: It would be such a good thing, my mind is going: You only live once, -live a little...

Heidi Robbins said...

This post is timely for me since I just quit sugar and processed foods two weeks ago. I've lost 10 pounds so far and I feel wonderful to not have cravings all the time! I plan on "eating clean" until I've lost 75 pounds total. I will miss my favorite treats for sure, but I've finally been able to make a breakthrough and that's taking priority right now.

Minha vida de campo said...

Eu sou louca por tudo que tem muito açúcar. Como coisas doces o dia inteiro.
Adorei a dica e vou seguir.
Tenha um ótimo dia.

Lila said...

I gave up treats for lent. My guideline was sugary treats and candy. It has only been a short time but I am already having withdrawls. The good news is that I have lost 2 pounds. lol. I didn't think I ate that many sweets daily but after giving them up I have realized that I'll indulge in at least one a say.

Alina said...

How funny! I was thinking of doing this this past weekend. I'm not as gung-ho about following through because I already eat mostly clean and I do like chocolate and the occasional treat. I might just do it this month, though, because I'm tempted by all the benefits people have reported after trying it.

LyddieGal said...

I don't know if I could quit sugar. There is just too much I love. That photo of the cake alone is making me drool.

I suppose if I were to try and really noticed a big difference - if I felt so much better that I didn't even miss it?

Chic on the Cheap

Martina @ Spunkyrella said...

I actually did the I QUIT SUGAR CHALLENGE by Sarah Wilson about 2 years ago (more here: http://www.spunkyrella.com/2013/01/i-quit-sugar-challenge-week-4/ ) and I can only say that it is true. But no more fruit is also not a way I want to live diet-ary wise.

Still it does make sense to wean our bodies from certain products from time to time... Do it! :)

Diana Mieczan said...

How interesting, Anonymous

Diana Mieczan said...

So amazing, Rowena! I'm so impressed:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Giggle, Jillian:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Hildi, I totally get what you mean..It would be so hard to resist all the temptation that is around us.

Diana Mieczan said...

Wow, Heidi!!! Good for you, lovely.

Diana Mieczan said...

You can do it, Lila:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Alina, I am thinking about doing the same and giving it a go for a month or so to see what happens.

Diana Mieczan said...

Ha, awesome, Martina! I am going to read your story right now. Thanks for the link. xo

Jill said...

I quit sugar for 30 days last September and the biggest difference was that I felt so emotionally stable ALL month. It was awesome! I just felt consistently good every single day. My skin was great and I didn't crave much. I should try it again...but not this month since it's my birthday :)

Jasanna Czellar said...

It's so hard to do in our culture! I think it would drastically improve the situation of many...even myself. It's just so hard to figure out 'alternatives' in my mind. Like...I LOVE snacking on apples/PB. I get a 'treat' from the grocery store that is kombucha each week...I eat very healthy really, but taking that final plunge would be so hard! But so good for the gut/immunity too!

Diana Mieczan said...

Jill, how awesome! It's incredible how much sugar influences our mood. Btw: happy birthday!

Diana Mieczan said...

Jasanna, true! It's super hard to think of'alternatives'. I have a great series about this coming up next month:)

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