As you might already know, I was following the 8 week ‘I quit sugar program’. Maybe you would think I am crazy and would ask yourself how the hell can you quit sugar. But as crazy as I am, I thought I would give it a try. Before I started this program, I was sure I am not sugar addicted, because I was eating products with sugar pretty seldom. However I had to learn that sugar is almost everywhere and I was consuming a lot more of it than I thought. For my breakfast I always used dates, maple syrup or many fruits, as I loved to have that sweetness in the morning. And I have to admit, nonetheless I thought I am living sugar free 🙂
In my case, the ‘I quit sugar’ journey could be divided into three phases.
- Happy about being sugar free: this phase took about few weeks. I saw sugar everywhere, but I was so excited about the sugar free journey that I didn’t want anything sweet at all. The excitement about all new recipes was way more bigger than the sweetness cravings. The different I quit sugar tips and recipes helped to deceive the sweet tooth and to add the sweetness into meals by using spices or various vegetables. In these first weeks I also got used to eating only three meals and avoiding snacking.
- Doubts about being able to stay sugar free forever: this period was the toughest for me. We got many advices how to avoid cravings and what to snack. But my concerns were more about the future. I started to question the effectiveness of this program. In my mind I was only thinking about all that sweet stuff I used to love and that if I quit sugar I won’t be able to eat it anymore, never ever. I had fears about binging on sweets after the end of the program. Nonetheless I promised to myself not to give up and keep going.
- Balance is everything: in the last weeks of this program, I have learned that I don’t have to waive all my favourite meals even if I want to keep going with sugar free lifestyle. It is all about the balance, if you really want something, then eat it and enjoy it.
After the program I had indulged on sweet stuff a little bit as I somehow thought I really need it. But at the same time I realised that it didn’t taste as good as I had in my mind. And also I had to admit to myself that my body didn’t feel too good about it. What I am mostly proud of, is that I was eating the sweets not because my body was screaming for sugar, but because I wanted that ice cream or a piece of cake. After that one piece my sweet tooth was more than satisfied, it didn’t demand for more.
All in all I am very happy about this sugar free experience. Every single week I was waiting for the new meal plan like a little child. Thursday was my favourite day, because it was the day of new meal plan release. I loved to start planning the meals for the next week. I learned so many new recipes and ways of cooking. Not to forget the tips how not to waste the food. You might know that I am passionate about using leftovers in my kitchen. I quit sugar taught me even more ways how to use leftovers and how to store the food, to minimise the food waste.
I definitely recommend everyone to try the ‘I quit sugar program’, it will open your eyes and change your mind about the food!
Here are some meal pictures I made during this 8 week program.