Well folks, around 8 weeks ago I was talking with Laura from Happy Sugar Habits and she offered me the chance to talk part in her program mentor me off sugar in return for my honest opinions… so here goes… and its a big one.
I have written some other posts throughout this process here is one of them but I am now ready to talk about my overall views.
I thought that I was pretty sugar aware, I had heard it wasn’t that good and this particular program focuses on fructose. I had an awareness of fructose as I am unable to absorb this with my FODMAPS so could only eat it when combined with equal or more glucose.
First off the program. Its friendly, supportive and well structured. There is a meal plan, should this suit you, for me I used the guide and quick guide and ate more as I prefer. There is a fantastic facebook group which is chock full of other folks doing the plan. I used this a LOT. For questions, recipes and just support. The other thing I love about the program is Laura acknowledges just how hard quitting is and tells you to expect to slip up. This is not considered a fail, if it happens observe and learn and get back on the wagon! You also get lots of emails with links to new material as you progress through the program and texts.
I thought I knew. I also ate loads of stevia, rice malt syrup and all the sweeteners which are fructose free. The trouble is I still craved sweet treats after each meal. Little did I know I need to give it all up to ‘reset’ my tastebuds. After a few days these cravings subsided and I really enjoyed the freedom it gave. No cravings. Just eating to true hunger. I really liked this. Things which weren’t sweet before ( thai food) started to taste sweet, I enjoyed my coffee with no sweetener, I liked natural yogurt with coconut shreds.
Then it was my birthday and the week after valentines day. It ended up in a week of sweet treats. Each meal was still within guidelines, I was still having no extra sugar but with a few people taking me for meals and buying me cakes the cravings were back BAM. I got a bit down to be honest. Then I learned from it and it has really helped me design my new feelings towards sugar and guidelines for myself.
I am happy eating low sugar. I cant believe the amount of sweetness I would load natural yogurt ,smoothies, porridge and other so called healthy treats with. I also used to give Milly some sweet treats occasionally as I didn’t want her to become one of those kids who goes crazy on sugar. I actually think are home will now be sugar free. Not just sugar free but free of all the replacements which make sugar free treats. After falling off the wagon spectacularly I learned a few things. Eating from home is easier. Eating a meal out which have sauces and sugar is fine but don’t have dessert. Having a sugar free meal and a dessert is also fine but only ONE meal. If I do this and get back on the wagon the cravings stay away. Too much of this and they are back and I have a tough few days getting them under control again. I should probably add at this point that my cravings, I have learned through the program, are purely physical not emotional. If yours are different Laura covers other coping mechanisms. I do use these now as it has made me realise I eat when not hungry just because it means I get to sit and have a rest. I am changing this with a magazine, cuppa or sparkling water and permission to site for 10-20 minutes , or longer if needed, when Milly naps.
So down to the nitty gritty…. what did I eat? I sort of evened out into a routine.
6.30 AM Lemon water EITHER sprouted spelt bread and avo or nut butter or eggs or a bowl of porridge and spoon of nut butter and sprinkle of cinnamon
9AM Latte and handful nuts, zucchini slice or other sugar free recipe
12 or 1- lunch- sprourted spelt bread and cheese and salad, quiche and salad, chopped salad with avo, seeds and home made dressing and quinoa are just some examples.
4PM natural yogurt, sprinkle of cinnamon, coconut shreds and I Will start to include 1 serve of fruit.
7PM dinner fish or meat and veg or salad
This works best if you eat from home. I like to eat out. So once a week I can have a meal out either a free main and no dessert or a good meal and dessert. Also WINE is ok on the plan. I only ever have one glass so will not limit this as its a treat for me anyways.
I think we can honestly say even though I didn’t manage to complete the program perfectly I did learn a lot, which in itself makes it worth while. I understand the resources stay available to you after completion so I will be re doing the 6 week plan to reset again. I feel I can do better again and get more results because I know what to expect and have seen the rewards. .
Have you given up sugar? would you?