A few months back, I decided to quit sugar – at least, the white grainy stuff you get in cakes and biscuits.
I would never have thought I would want to give up so many nice treats, but once I did, I felt so much better that I haven’t looked back.
I think for me, making this decision has just taken away the need to expend energy over trying to ‘stay strong’ over every little temptation.
I just don’t eat the sweet treats anymore, end of story.
I really relate to author Gretchen Rubin’s feelings about sweets:
“Once I start eating something sweet, I can’t stop. So I made a rule: I never eat sweets — except when I eat frozen yogurt with my family… That frees me from decision-making: When I’m around sweets, I don’t have to think, Should I or shouldn’t I? I just don’t have any.”
The tricky part about skipping sugar is, for me, working out where to turn when I need comfort food. Or what to pig out on when I’m feeling hormonal or just want my mouth filled with food!
Because I’m an emotional eater, for sure: it’s one of those activities that brings me joy and comfort and allows me to switch my brain off for a bit.
The key for me has been that I haven’t ditched all sweet foods… I eat masses of fruit, most of which is high in it’s own kind of sugar.
I guess for me, it’s been more about ditching the chocolate bars and cheesecakes!
Here are some of my favourite desserts… they’re not necessarily super healthy, but they aren’t cakes and cookies – which I think is a step in the right direction.
- Popcorn with salt, butter and cinnamon
- Cheese, apple & crackers
- Fruit smoothie
- Yoghurt, oats & berries
- Porridge with cream, apple & cinnamon
- Oats fried in butter, topped with natural yoghurt & berries
- Oatcakes with cream cheese & blueberries
- Chocolate smoothie, flavoured with cocoa powder
- Sugar-free pancakes
- Nakd fruit & nut bars