Mary’s Kitchen: Why I Quit Sugar

Mary’s Kitchen: Why I Quit Sugar

I quit sugar. To be specific, I quit processed sugars, artificial sweeteners and alcohol on October 17th.

It’s been a week now and I’m feeling pretty good. The first few days were interesting, I’ll admit. But I think my body has adjusted by now.

But before I get into all that, let me explain…

Why I Quit Sugar

I have always been on the slender side. I eat a mostly plant-based, high fiber diet and I get my 10,000 steps in almost every day. But a few years ago the weight started creeping in and I have found it increasingly difficult to lose the pounds. Not a lot of weight gain, but enough to upset me. The doctor wasn’t concerned. โ€œIt happens with ageโ€ he’d say and smile.ย (Grrr…did he just tell me that I’m getting old?!)

Then there’s my constant battle with high cholesterol. It runs in the family. Two years ago I finally got it below 200 with diet and exercise! So happy!! This year though it was back over 200 and Mary was not a happy girl ๐Ÿ™

It’s only a few points over 200. Nothing to be concerned about. But that combined with the weight settling on my hips was enough for me. Time to do something!

Why I Quit Sugar
I quit processed sugars and artificial sweeteners

Full disclosure. I’m not big on sweets. A box of Valentine’s Day chocolates will literally last me months. I’m happy with one cookie or just a taste of ice cream instead of a scoop. I don’t like frosting on my cake or donuts. And I drink very little soda.

But what I do like is chocolate milk in my coffee (You HAVE TO try it!). I love flavored yogurt in my breakfast smoothies. I love to eat a slice of warm, sweet fruit pie that I just made. And I like my cocktails on the weekends.

I guess I can’t say that I don’t eat sugar. It’s just that it is camouflaged and hidden in what I eat.

So after reading about how our bodies start to metabolize sugars differently as we age, I figured I’d give it a try and cut out sugar for a while. The doctor did say that the sugars in alcohol affects the triglycerides in cholesterolโ€ฆ. So maybe quitting sugar would be a double win! Lose weight and get my cholesterol back down!

Why I Quit Sugar
Eating only natural sugars, staying away from added sugars

And here we are, back to the beginning of my story.

I quit on the 17th. I felt pretty good that day. Proud of myself for taking this step.

I felt terrible the next day. Dizzy, foggy and irritable. It was like I was getting sick and took cold medication. Let’s just say it was not a good day to tick me off.

The third day was better. I was only a bit dizzy in the morning.

I have felt good every day after that. And every day more confident that I can reach my goal of no sugar until November 11th. Almost a full month.

My Progress So Far

It took me a while to get used to my non-sweetened-plain-yogurt smoothie. But now I can taste the actual fruit in it ๐Ÿ™‚

I cut the chocolate milk in my coffee by more than half. I still can’t drink coffee black.

No cocktails or slices of pie were had over the weekend.

And best of all… I lost over 2 pounds!

Granted, it’s only been a week. But I think I can do this. And I think I can make it a more permanent lifestyle change. Or at least a version of it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stay tuned for updates!

Why I Quit Sugar
Quit Sugar – Just Say NO

If you would like to quit sugar, read How to Quit Sugar for Good. You can also find information on my Eating for Health board on Pinterest (@maryslocalmarket).

2 Responses to Mary’s Kitchen: Why I Quit Sugar

    • It went real well, as you’ll read in a later blog ๐Ÿ™‚ While I am done the detox now, I am still keeping an eye on how much sugar I eat. Still keeping the chocolate milk in my coffee to a minimum, using plain Greek yogurt and staying away from the artificial sweeteners.