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Tomorrow I quit sugar

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OuchBollocks Sun 06-Aug-17 17:29:38

I am OuchBollocks and I am a sugar addict. Not for me one square a day or a frozen curly wurly to take the edge off, no. I have it, I eat it, I want it more.

Last year I quit sugar for New Year, and stayed off minus one or two teeny slips until I got pregnant with DS, then being off alcohol and caffeine combined with the summer heat made the lure of a cold Fanta too hard to resist. Then I broke my leg and was bed bound and in pain and people brought chocolate to the hospital, and the meals all came with dessert, and then I had DS and more chocolate, then Easter and more chocolate, and although I've managed to drop a dress size so far with the 5:2 diet I need to jack in the white stuff. I am going to Ibiza in September '18 and I want to feel confident.

God help me,it's going to be hard. The rules are:
No sweet drinks, including artificial sweeteners
No chocolate, sweets, icecream, cake, sorbets, pastries, jam, marmalade etc etc
No crisps
Read labels of sauces carefully to check sugar levels.

I will update this thread for my own personal records. I am going to kiss sugar goodbye with the slice of cheesecake that is waiting for me after dinner. Goodbye sugar, it's been fun sad

OuchBollocks Mon 07-Aug-17 07:18:39

Yesterday's tomorrow is now today. Here I go...

Fabianthefabulous Mon 07-Aug-17 10:51:52

Good luck smile

OuchBollocks Mon 07-Aug-17 13:20:08

Aw thanks smile I was starting to wonder if I would fill.up a whole thread completely by myself.

Well I am about 6 hours into the rest of my life, so far so good.

Fabianthefabulous Mon 07-Aug-17 20:28:22

Sorry I was at work earlier so did not have time to post much.
I am also a sugar addict, I would join you but I am about to go on holiday so it's not great timing for me.
If it's ok I will follow your progress and cheer you on and may join you in a few weeks when I am back from holiday.
I hope your first day has continued to go well smile

OuchBollocks Mon 07-Aug-17 20:36:15

First day surprisingly not bad. I had to stop myself snaffling some of the chocolate buttons we're using to bribe DD for potty training quite a few times but otherwise ok. Today was low on temptation though. Tomorrow I have a hospital appointment, and have been in a bad habit of getting treats from the Costa outlet there, that'll be a tough one to resist.

ChrisPrattsFace Mon 07-Aug-17 20:39:48

Hello, I am Chris Pratts face... and I am also a sugar addict.
I hate being sugar free. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it.
Best of luck OP.

Littlepig8834 Mon 07-Aug-17 20:43:46

Are you giving up fruit too? I keep thinking I should give up sugar, but would miss fruit so much.

Are or you just giving up the processed stuff??

OuchBollocks Mon 07-Aug-17 21:00:40

I hated it too ChrisPrattsFace but I did like having a flatter stomach, better skin, more energy and no PMT. Sigh.

Littlepig for now I'll allow myself small quantities of fresh fruit but no dried fruit.

FlightyMare Mon 07-Aug-17 21:21:19

Good Luck - I'll follow with interest, as I am also a big fan of sugar and often toy with the idea of giving up. Perhaps after my holiday............

Littlepig8834 Mon 07-Aug-17 22:52:48

@OuchBollocks well you've inspired me to take veg sticks rather than fruit to work tomorrow. I'm not sure of the sugar levels in veg, but it's a start (hopefully)

ChrisPrattsFace Mon 07-Aug-17 23:11:45

Fruit in normal portions should pose no issue, but avoid fruit juice. I was sugar free to the extents I only drank water, ate meat and veg, and ate fruit.
Some people would argue that is still a heavy natural sugar diet, but I ate nothing processed or refined.
Now I'm a pig and could sit and eat sugar with a spoon

gemwhitt Mon 07-Aug-17 23:33:18

Good luck! Stay strong. It's good that you're reading labels to check for hidden sugars. Avoid especially if sugar in top 3 ingredients. Depending on how well your body regulates blood glucose, you might start feeling weak/jittery/low energy after a few days off the sugar. Just hold fast, don't reach for the snacks. Your body will re-adjust as your liver releases stored glucose back into your system.
Be careful of high-sugar (starchy) carbs, e.g. potatoes, carrots, beets, peas, and corn.
After a week or two you will be feeling amazing again.

UtterlyFcked Tue 08-Aug-17 00:46:11

To possibly inspire you slightly, I did the same for 7 days (last week) and lost almost 3lbs without doing any additional exercise whatsoever, whilst keeping a very small portion of sugar per day. Mainly my sugar intake is liquid (terrible sugary drink fiend), I was having up to 900 calories a day just in drinks blush it's so easy to over consume sugar.

One thing to keep in mind is that you will likely get headaches, which are awful. I found that having just a little bit of brown sugar (half a tea spoon) in a cup of coffee in the afternoon helped a lot. At the same time I also started drinking ice cold water with fresh lemon, so my brain went "ohh, this is new!" so in a way I distracted it from thinking about all the glorious sugar I was missing out on grin

After 2 days of going back to sugar, I feel bloated and shit again. Definitely try and stick to it if you can, even if it's just for a week - you will feel the difference massively.

OuchBollocks Tue 08-Aug-17 10:43:03

I'm shattered, and it was hard to not reach for the baked goods right by the entrance or the cold fizzy drinks right near the tills when I popped into the Co-OP. Sigh. But I was strong.

I would bloody love a coke.

UtterlyFcked Tue 08-Aug-17 14:39:42

Don't mention the C word 😩

Noofly Tue 08-Aug-17 18:05:08

Good luck! A bunch of us did this back in January and had a thread for a while. I completely dumped "junk" sugar (still ate fruit, pasta, small amounts of bread etc) for 6 weeks and then added in a Saturday night treat plus the odd biscuit at the weekend. I've dropped about 2.5s and I do think the kicking the sugar addiction really helped. I now have the odd sugary bit of food but need to be really careful because if I have too much I find myself really craving more.

OuchBollocks Tue 08-Aug-17 18:08:37

Well both my children are being horrendous today, but I managed to resist buying anything sweet in the M&S after DD's hospital appointment ran over and both DC had synchronised screaming fits but I'm fit to drop. At least DD has managed a day without wee or poo accidents.

shamoffour Tue 08-Aug-17 18:14:44

Ouch please can I join you?
I will start tomorrow I am completely addicted and I'm now realising that the only way to get control of it is to quit all together. I'm never going to be a one square girlblush
I've tried before and done ok but it would be good to have someone share the struggle with?!

OuchBollocks Tue 08-Aug-17 18:18:22

The more the merrier shamoffour smile good luck!

pandapop17 Tue 08-Aug-17 18:30:25

I am going to join you as well. I have made half hearted attempts before but never stuck at it. I am really addicted to chocolate and want to stop!

Apologies if this is a dumb question but do nuts have sugar? They are my go to alternative snack blush

Ridingthegravytrain Tue 08-Aug-17 18:32:44

I quit back in January. It was hard but is second nature now. I find sweet things horribly sweet now, even fruit

Ridingthegravytrain Tue 08-Aug-17 18:33:38

Nuts are fine

TipseyTorvey Tue 08-Aug-17 18:37:01

If it helps, I gave up sugar almost exactly one year ago and lost 2 stone. Feel so much better and have lost that 'I MUST EAT' feeling I used to get all the time. I rarely eat bread, pasta or couscous now and only have the odd bit of potato at the weekend for family meals. It was a slow process but now its just normal for me. I do think it was harder than giving up cigs initially because people will keep 'pushing' sugar you...

Dangermouse80 Tue 08-Aug-17 18:37:36

I prob need to do this but as I'm still bf I'm not in the right place to do it now. If I can I'm just aiming to reduce the 100g plus of chocolate I consume daily!!
Best tip I was given when pregnant and being monitored for diabetes, is fage 0% Greek yoghurt. I could eat a massive 500g pot and it would keep you really satisfied as it is high in protein.

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