I broke up with sugar on January 5th.
Of course I waited until 1.) a Monday/start of the week and 2.) the holidays were over.
Much like every other person I know, I did my fair share of indulging in November and December. When my parents were here for Christmas, my mom and I would buy a boxful of desserts from our favorite bakery, Maison Kayser, and
demolish sample our purchase daily.
The start of 2015 naturally brought on a desire to start anew, so I decided to ditch dessert and focus on eliminating the pesky sugar addiction I developed during the holidays. This experiment wasn’t rooted in some deep desire to lose weight or create excuses to skip sweets daily. It was all about bettering myself for the new year.
I must clarify that I didn’t cut out all sugars from my diet. Fruits, small amounts of honey, occasional jam (fruit-sweetened), dried fruits, and foods with some quantities of sugar were all fair game. It felt highly restrictive and incredibly unreasonable to deprive myself to an extent where I couldn’t eat an apple or toast with jam. Nor did I want to get into crazy label-reading mode where I couldn’t eat ketchup because it had a tiny bit of sugar added. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
I had minor slip-ups here and there – a few Quest Bars, some squares of 85% dark chocolate, and a pint of Arctic Zero might’ve crossed my lips this month #sorrynotsory But I’ve been successful overall. While I continued to occasionally crave some sweet lovin’, I discovered that the temptation of dessert dwindled down after a week or two. I simply stopped missing it, probably because I never ate a ton of dessert to begin with.
All in all, I don’t feel like this made a significant impact on my life, nor did it inconvenience me to any great extent. Truth be told, I feel exactly the same as I did at the start of this year, but it’s great to no longer have those extreme cravings for sugar. And yet, mentally I do feel better. I’m happier knowing that I’m filling up my stomach with nutrient-dense foods. I’m enjoying getting more creative with raw & vegan desserts sweetened only with fruits and/or honey ← my preference for desserts anyway! And I’m sleeping much better (*knock on wood* please universe don’t jinx this), but I doubt that’s a side-effect of this sugar detox.
I have no plans to stop since this doesn’t feel like a challenge, but that doesn’t mean I’ll skip out on a froyo run or a freshly baked chocolate tart in the near future! The only difference is that when I miss dessert, I’ll have it. A girl needs to occasionally celebrate with some sweet decadence amIright?!?