So, yesterday was my 10th consecutive day without eating sugar! I started this journey almost 20 days ago, and it’s been pretty interesting! There are quite a few things I’ve learned during this process:
•There have been very mixed feelings from others about this. Some people have been unbelievably supportive, cheering me on in my successes and guiding me through my struggles. There have been others, however, that have not been supportive to the point of almost calling me an idiot for doing this. I don’t think cutting sugar out of a diet is for everyone. I don’t think everyone has a bad relationship with sugar, and I completely understand that some people can’t or don’t want to do this. But it has helped me become more confident.
•Buying food that doesn’t have sugar (isn’t heavily processed) is more expensive than regular grocery shopping, but we were trying to eat healthier before, so we were used to spending more on food. Here in MN, we are spending about $100-$150 a week on groceries for the two of us. A lot of that has been staples and things that we don’t finish in a week, like nuts and salad dressing.
•There are still times when the addiction to sugar still has a pull on me. Yesterday, for example, there was a part of me that was excited because completing 10 days would mean I could have sugar again. I had a little sugar today, and I honestly didn’t like how it made me feel. Progress!
•I have been more creative with meal planning and finding healthy snacks. For the most part, it has been good because our meals have been really delicious. There are times when it is really tough, because I am tired from work, really hungry or not motivated to cook, and would rather eat out, but we always manage to get dinner on the table.
I think that this has been a wild success for my husband and I. It definitely hasn’t been easy, but we are creating habits that will serve us well in the future. Now, I just need to survive the minefield that is Valentine’s Day.