Giving up sugar in 2018(170 Posts)
Tomorrow I am giving up sugar.
The plan is not to eat anything with sugar or sweeteners as an ingredient but I will be focusing on sweet tasting things, so will concentrate my efforts on foods with more than 5g sugar per 100g and not beat myself up if I eat a few savoury things with small amounts of sugar (eg crackers).
I am expecting my coke zero addiction to be one of the hardest things to stop but I want to loose the taste for sweet things not just replace sugar with sweeteners so it has to go!
Anyone want to join me?
I know there was a long running 'giving up sugar' thread from earlier in the year but I thought it would be good to have a new thread for those of us just starting (or restarting).
Would love some buddies or any advice or encouragement from anyone who has managed to give up sugar already.
I gave up sugar a few weeks ago and I feel great! Am hoping to keep it up over the year
I've given it up before, at first you will get to a stage where you think about sugar literally every 5 seconds. You become aware of the extent to which we're dependent on it and that kind of gave me the strength to carry on rather than making me give up. Then when you get past that, you'll suddenly not need it anymore. You'll look at a sweet thing and just feel nothing more than if you looked at a sausage roll, yes it would be nice probably but you don't crave it and aren't emotionally dependent on it. It's a wonderful feeling.
Unfortunately the last time I was derailed by my birthday (close to Christmas) and then Christmas. It's just such a deeply socially ingrained thing to eat a ton of junk for your birthday/Christmas. But now I've got a good 11 months to try it before any birthday temptation, so once the Christmas chocolates are done with, I think I'll join you
Not sure if this counts but I would like to reduce the amount of added sugar I eat. I don’t think I’m going for giving it up altogether, and I’m not giving up fruit etc. Can I join you on the sidelines?
Blogwoman I am planning on still eating fruit - it is added sugar I want to give up, I probably wasn't very clear.
I am giving up fruit juice though - I am sure the orange juice I have been drinking almost every morning is doing me more harm than good.
Im giving up sweet treats/snacks rather than sugar completely. So no chocolate, ice cream, cakes, biscuits etc.
I've given sugar up before and once i got past the initial cravings it was great.
I'll be doing this again from the 2nd and won't fall off the bandwagon this time!!!
My first ever post, joined yesterday, so little shy...
Definitely joining you on anti-sugar crusade. My biggest challenge is diet coke and sweetener in my tea/coffee. Tried stevia but it's quite bitter. Nutritionist recommended agave syrup as acceptable compromise. Not bad actually.
I gave up on 29th. Had headaches on the first two days but feel much better today. I've given up alcohol too (because my 7yo told me I shouldn't drink so much ) so double whammy.
I'm actually feeling much more clear headed already. I'm hoping that by the time I go back to worth on the 8th I will be bouncing off the walls!
I'm in! Once the Christmas chocolate is gone (and the DC working heroically on that front) there will be no more chocolate or biscuits in the house.
That will be the easy bit - body swerving white carbs MUCH harder!
How are you all doing? I had a close shave with a mince pie this morning but put it in the freezer rather than in my mouth! I've decided to write down what I eat, at the beginning at least. There's something about having to write it down that can make me resist eating something I shouldn't!
I am doing ok so far, I did forget this morning and eat a slice of panettone, but it is all gone now.
I have not had any coke or orange juice or any of the Christmas chocolates that DH and DCs have been finishing off today and no sugary cereals for breakfast.
Back to work tomorrow, the first week of January is always busy and stressfull but sugar does not make it any less so!
I hope eveyone else is having a good day
I am giving up sugar for January. I did it last year and felt really good once I'd got used to it, but the evil crept back in after that. I ate nothing with the added ingredient 'sugar' in it, but I did allow myself a drizzle of honey on my morning porridge (because it's disgusting without), and I do allow myself sweetener in tea and coffee. I don't drink much in the way of fizzy drinks.
Just wondering where you lot stand on alcohol. Sugar is added to aid fermentation, so wine contains sugar. It's just that I didn't have anything to drink last night and there is a bottle of chilled Prosecco sitting in the fridge ...
I would like to reduce sugary foods significantly, but not cut out “savoury” processed foods with it in as time to cook is a big challenge. I have dental problems and a higher than average risk of diabetes.
Will be good to have this thread!
Ooh count me in!
I don’t have fruit juice, sugary pop or alcohol but having been very strict in the past I have allowed bits of cake and biscuits and chocolate to gradually creep in and I’m awful for adding granulated sweetener to stuff like plain yoghurt or drinking Diet Coke/SF squash
So this is as much about the reduction in artificial sweetener as the sugar for me. I have two in every tea and coffee and have done for years and years
My main aims will be-
No granulated sweetener at all
Diet Coke only on special occasions (I don’t drink alcohol so tricky on a night out)
Stick to berries for fruit with the odd apple for convenience
No flavoured yoghurts at all
No sugary treats
Less refined carbs like bread and crackers and snack a jacks!
Reduce then stop the sweeteners in hot drinks. This will be the killer.
I had always considered myself quite good until I started using MFP and then realised just how high in sugar and carbs my diet was.
Today wasn’t terrible but I have had a bit of Xmas cake and a Diet Coke plus one of the kids choc coins so will start right now and try my best
Losing a few pounds would be a nice by product but my aim is def to be sugar low for all the other health reasons.
Alcohol doesn’t suit me and isn’t as much of an issue for me, but it’s pretty bad for blood sugar.
I'm in too! I have realised that I am totally addicted to sugar and just cannot be trusted to eat sweet things in moderation.
Same here Hounds - I can manage no chocolate/cake/biscuits more easily than one of the damn things. I drink very little alcohol and don't add sweeteners to drinks. My main challenge will be (I think) my tendency to grab a chocolate bar on my way home from work. I'm a big grazer so finding sensible things to snack on will be key. I have eaten loads of salty crackers today...!
Right all today NO EXCUSES!
I’ve had my morning tea with only one sweetener (tastes horrid!) so that’s my start.
I intend to have NO chocolate NO cakes NO biscuits and go easy on the carbs in general.
Am awaiting shipping delivery and I ordered only plain yoghurt plus almond milk to put in coffee (normal dairy is so high in natural sugar isn’t it? But almond milk is a bit vile in tea. Anyone got any other suggestions?)
Try oat milk, Oatly is I think the best. Beware the nut milks as those that taste best are loaded with sugar and oil.
Hello... can I suggest rather than no chocolate etc that you work on keeping blood sugars steady instead. So rather than no chocolate have 1/2 squares of high cocoa chocolate...70% or more. You realistically start with good intentions but total deprivation is the easiest way to fall off the wagon. I am a long term sugar reducer. Other things to suggest is looking at high fat and pairing sugar with fats to keep blood sugar stable. It's the dips in blood sugar that lead to binging also. So snack on nuts, cheese and chicken etc. If you fancy a scone slather it in clotted cream.... it might sound counterproductive but the fats slow down sugar absportion which keeps you feeling fuller and more satisfied for longer.
I'm in! I had cut back on added sugar before Christmas anyway and was reaping the benefits but the holidays derailed me a bit. So for minimum of January, I'm on it big time with no booze and no obvious sugars. If anyone can access amazon prime movies there's a brilliant film on there called 'That Sugar Film'. Really recommend it. Good luck everyone and looking forward to seeing how we're all getting on 😊
I’ve got unsweetened almond milk by pip n nut and it doesn’t appear to have any added sugar or oil? Altho I’ve just noticed it has added salt wtaf!
I hadn’t thought about natural sugars in milk... Skimmed just as bad as Semi? I think this may be one I won’t worry about. I have resisted cake & choc today, despite both being in the office. So far so good. —May have eaten my own body weight in crackers though—
I'm doing this too as I eat way too much sugar. Coming to the end of day 2, and so far so good, no temptations or headaches. Temper a bit quicker though .
My biggest issue I think is that I really enjoy some chocolate after meals, have a keen baker DD, socialising often includes cakes/biscuits. I don't really want to be the person not having an ice cream on holiday. So once I'm past the first couple of weeks, how do those who do this longer term manage? Only on high days and holidays? Just a couple of squares a day?
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