Hello my sweet friends!
Do you still know, you’re sweet enough!
Today marks the last day of my CUT THE SUGAR, SUGAR – Sugar Detox Challenge! Yay!!!!
My sugar detox wasn’t about removing sugar in all forms 100%, but really reducing the amount to about less than 4 tsp per day. So, now you’re thinking I’ve been taken off my leash and will have a sugar-stuffing party! Well, it’s not like that at all.
Would you believe if I told you that I – the former sugar addict (YES, that was me, looked up Sugar-Addicts-Annonymous, but surprisingly there is no such thing – weird as Sugar is the #1 addiction in North America!) – has NO sugar cravings! The chocolates, cookies in our house right now do nothing for me. They don’t tell me what to do – I tell them what to do! And it’s to just sit back down in the cupboards and wait for a friend to come over or some real special occasion to have a cookie!
That is not to say I now don’t like desserts – I still LOVE desserts – but they just don’t hold any power over me. I enjoy and savour a little piece of a healthy raw or vegan and gluten free dessert, not too much, 1/2 a cupcake is too much! I don’t sweeten my teas, I drink mostly water. All foods just taste better, my taste buds are in full excitement mode and I really savour my food and enjoy it — even those organic baby carrots!
So was it sugar that tried to kill me……???? when I could hardly breathe, my voice was barely audible, could not hold a soap in my hands, could not hold a mug of tea and had to use plastic cups or else the heaviness of the porcelain mug would just drop from my weak hands, and I was not able to carry my 1 year old daughter (at the time), and I was not even able to smile. Yes, physically my facial muscles were so weak – I just could not smile!
So was it sugar, contributing to the overgrowth of Candida that tried to kill me…..?
You know if I had to put together all the pieces of this rough puzzle of my health history. And I honestly always though I ate very healthy meals. I ate my vegetables, ate home cooked European meals, had no allergies, or food sensitivities…. but one thing I did like to pig-out on – was Sugar! I actually felt ‘lucky’ that I’m skinny enough that sugar/cookies/cheesecake/those crazy little Portuguese tarts that comprise of one ingredient : sugar, and I was completely addicted to – and could eat 3 in one sitting – - I felt ‘lucky’ I could eat all that and not gain any extra weight or rolls on my stomach. I also stayed fit and that fooled me that I could get away with my silly charade of living with my cocaine fix – and could live healthy forever!
So if I could put all the pieces of my puzzle together…. you’re darn right, that a large picture of sugar would have been on that puzzle!
If you have a battle with sugar cravings yourself, I invite you and just everyone who wants to win with sugar cravings to take on a Sugar Detox Challenge. Although it is addicting – sugar is not Cocaine and you can remove it from your diet. And you don’t need a rehab to do this, just focus, read my post with my tips on how to do it with success. Day by day, train your brain that it’s ok to not succumb to those cravings. Soon, you will live better, food will taste better, your health will get better, you will be happier and find yourself high on life – not sugar!