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Sugar-free me!

April 6, 2015
Marmite cashews

Marmite cashews

A week ago, I decided to go sugar-free. I had put weight on over the last few months and was feeling tired and hungry all the time, and I suspected this may have been caused by eating too much sugar (e.g. doughnuts in the office, biscuits at meetings, ‘healthy’ cereal bars, etc.).

I have read lots of books and articles* which convinced me that fructose (which is in most forms of sugar) has been making me fat for two reasons:

  1. it is converted by my liver into fat
  2. it means I never feel completely full so I eat too much food in general.

I now suspect that the reason I lost weight on WeightWatchers was that I reduced my sugar intake. This is because sugary foods are high in ProPoints, so given the choice between a chocolate bar and a sandwich I usually chose to eat a sandwich.

Some people can moderate their sugar intake, but I find this very hard to do. Eating sugary foods just makes me want more. So I decided to cut sugary foods out as much as possible.

The main exception to this is that I am still eating a couple of portions of fruit per day. Fruit contains fibre which slows down the speed at which the sugar is absorbed, and fibre also makes you feel fuller which makes you less likely to consume large quantities of fruit in one go.

I am not having any artificial sweeteners because I prefer to eat real food, and because I want to kick the habit of eating sweet things and re-train my ‘sweet tooth’.

Unsweetened dairy products are ok because they don’t contain fructose. I have goat’s milk with my porridge in the morning because cow’s milk doesn’t agree with me and soya milk is sweetened with apple juice or other sweeteners.

I am still having savoury treats, including the Marmite cashews shown in the photo above. My favourite lunch is smoked salmon and avocado on toast, which seems very luxurious! I think it’s important that I continue to enjoy my food!

Fortunately, my husband is giving me lots of support with this. He has been keeping sugary stuff away from me, and making sure that there are lots of savoury treats around, including nuts and nice cheeses. But I am actually snacking less because I feel less hungry.

After a week of low sugar food I’m already feeling less tired, and I no longer count down the minutes until my next sugary snack. I’ve also lost a bit of weight, and my waist is a bit slimmer too. So my trousers feel comfortable for the first time in ages, which is good.

Tomorrow will be the real test because I’m going back to work. But I don’t want to undo my efforts so far, especially after making this blog post public, so hopefully it will be ok. Watch this space!

See also – Sugar-free me – the results!

*Some people have asked me for more details about the books and articles I read, so I will write a separate blog post about this soon.

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27 Comments leave one →
  1. mamasyder permalink
    April 7, 2015 7:30 am

    This is such a well timed post for me at the moment as I have recently given up sugar (apart from Easter weekend when the temptation was far too difficult to resist). I have also started lifting weights and I’ve noticed a huge difference in just a couple of weeks. Some great advice here, Thank you x

  2. April 7, 2015 10:50 am

    Sounds great – i find sugar is addictive and the more you have the more the want. Good for you cutting it out and fruit is a much tastier sweet treat! x

    • April 9, 2015 6:58 am

      I was certainly finding that the more sugary stuff I ate, the more I wanted. Hopefully I’ve broken that cycle now.

  3. April 7, 2015 10:53 am

    It is very hard to avoid sugar as it is in so many things, but I admire your efforts and you seem to be very focused. Smoked salmon and avocado on toast sounds yummy, even better if you make your own bread as there is unfortunately sugar in the mass produced stuff. (used to accelerate the proving process which creates a whole load of other problems… don’t start me!!)

    • April 9, 2015 7:00 am

      We’ve managed to find some delicious Vogel’s bread which is lower in sugar than a lot of brands.

  4. April 7, 2015 1:21 pm

    For years it was low fat this, low fat that – however, with all that fat reduction, it was replaced with sugar and sweeteners! It’s only when I started logging food with My Fitness Pal that I became really aware of it. We’ve recently gone paleo, and all the processed crap has gone from our diets. The only sugar comes from the fruit which we eat. After just a week I’m noticing a difference. Sugar really is evil!!!

    • April 9, 2015 7:05 am

      Many people believed that they could eat any old rubbish, no matter how much sugar it contained, so long as it was ‘low fat’ and/or ‘low calorie’. Well done for cutting out processed crap, hope it continues to go well.

  5. April 7, 2015 2:35 pm

    I’m lucky that I don’t tend to crave sweet things, but it’s so difficult to avoid sugar without cooking everything yourself from scratch – time for food manufacturers to step up to the challenge.

    • April 9, 2015 7:08 am

      I’m so jealous that you don’t crave sweet things! As you say, food manufacturers need to change the way they do things to make it easier to avoid sugar.

  6. April 7, 2015 2:42 pm

    I really need to cut down on sugar, it’s my total downfall and I crave it like crazy. I wish I could get it more under control.

  7. April 7, 2015 4:11 pm

    im not really i kind of person who will go through the ingredients and cant say i crave sweet things, but i love a little bit of dairy milk. Having said that I am very cautious about sugars when it comes to feeding my little one

  8. April 7, 2015 5:24 pm

    I completely agree with you on the sugar front! If I don’t have it, over a period of time I stop wanting it, but as soon as I do have it, I just want more and more! Well done on your efforts, and I’m pleased to hear you are seeing results!

  9. April 7, 2015 7:12 pm

    I’m thinking about giving up sugar slowly now by just reducing the consumption 🙂 Great post!

  10. April 7, 2015 8:00 pm

    I love cashew nuts so will check these ones out. There are so many hidden sugars in food one needs to to careful what we eat.

  11. April 7, 2015 8:20 pm

    Good luck! I can definitely say I am addicted to sugar – I should probably try cutting back slowly.

  12. April 7, 2015 8:56 pm

    I have recently cut my sugar and saturated fat intake and the difference in energy levels is amazing! Wonderful post

  13. April 7, 2015 8:59 pm

    Good luck with it lovely, I know how hard it is. I’m terrible and have way too much sugar at the moment, I really need to get a grip and sort myself out! xxx

  14. April 9, 2015 7:40 am

    I reduced my sugar intake when I had gestational diabetes and have never gone back – its shocking just how much sugar is in some everyday items. Need to try those Marmite cashews

  15. April 9, 2015 8:22 am

    Good luck and I hope you stay strong with lowering your sugar intake. I will look out for your next blog post.

  16. pigeonpairandme permalink
    April 9, 2015 8:17 pm

    How wonderful that you’re seeing results after just one week. And with delicious marmite cashews, too – yum!

  17. April 11, 2015 1:27 pm

    Whenever I go sugar free I overload on savoury treats instead. Guilty every time.

  18. April 12, 2015 1:19 pm

    oh wow Ruth what a fab journey i so ought to be doing this too i am tired and irritable and i have no energy at all at the moment!

  19. cherishedbyme permalink
    April 12, 2015 9:39 pm

    Good luck, I hope it’s going well. I know from experience how hard it is. I know when I eat sugar my tummy starts rumbling very soon after. Did give it up a couple of years ago, felt better for it…then fell off the wagon!

  20. April 13, 2015 8:15 pm

    I really want to do this, I know sugar makes me feel awful but I just can’t seem to get my head around it x

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