No sugar tonight...
September 26, 2013 8:04 PM Subscribe
Mefites who have given up sugar (or some other beloved but harmful substance): does it get any easier?
posted by whistle pig to health & fitness (26 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Three weeks ago I swore off sugar, due to finally seeing some real and scary health effects of a lifetime of ingesting way too much of it. "Moderation" is not a thing I can do with sugar (oh, how I have tried), and so the easiest thing to do to protect my health seems to be quitting it altogether.
Except I am literally dreaming about Pop Tarts at night, and expending a lot of mental energy every time I go to the grocery store to not buy the candy bar/chocolate milk/sugar fetish du jour. It's exhausting and I'm tired of arguing with myself about why blueberry muffins simply aren't an option anymore.
The rest of my diet is fine; it's the sugar intake that was a problem. I still eat and enjoy fresh fruits. I spent several days experimenting with zero calorie sweeteners and found they trigger the same "must keep eating" reflex that plain sugar does, as do "healthy" treats such as date- or fruit juice sweetened baked goods.
I'm wondering if anyone else has quit this particular vice, and how long it took for you to accept the new reality. Or is there some other way I should be thinking about this? Is there an antabuse for sugar fiends? I'm reasonably happy and busy in my life otherwise (I did notice an immediate lifting of mood right after quitting, but that effect has faded).