Hello my name is Taryn and I WAS addicted to sugar.
By now I think I have adjusted to my new way of life. I have found the experience unbelievably easy. On the other hand, I have been surprised at the response to the way I eat now. More on that later.
I am certainly a little lighter overall. On my last post I had gotten down to 54.6kg. I think now I am around 55.5kg. Yes I seemed to have put a small amount of weight on during the last few weeks. I have been eating A LOT of cashew nuts, Haloumi cheese (like it's going out of fashion) and generally enjoying all those full fat yummy savoury flavours. I'm no expert but I am going to guess that's probably why the weight loss has stopped. This is no big deal for me, I am not overweight. I am not here because I want to lose weight (Although I'm not going to complain about losing a few kilos!). I'm here because I was addicted. I'm winning that battle.
My appetite has severely diminshed. It took a almightly serve of food for me to get to that "full" stage before I went Sugar Free. That feeling would only come during Christmas lunch or a big occassion where the food is plentiful. I enjoy that feeling of "fullness" every day now. For example. Eating dinner, I find I may not be able to actually eat it all. Food is left on the plate!? OH MY GOD! AMAZEBALLS. This is new for me. I will actually feel the desire for food and then a feeling of fullness comes as I eat. I can consciously feel it "switch on". Ok this sounds weird, but it's what happens with me. I am more aware of my body and what it needs. It is only now, I know I was eating way too much.
I feel incredibly FREE! EMPOWERED! IN CONTROL! Being sugar free is an incredible feeling. I feel free from addiction. I can do anything! My cravings for sugar are still there. When that comes over me, I have a small piece of fruit or drink some milk. Who knew milk was sweet? It is to me now.
So there have been some amazing benefits for me. On the negative side though, I have found others to be very surprised at what I don't eat. I am kind of a bit tired being looked at like I just landed from Loopy Land. People are generally aghast when I say I don't eat sugar. But wait! You shouldn't avoid food groups because you may develop a sensivity to it later. Good lord, sugar is not a food group people! I am being judged I can see the look in their eye.
My biggest problem now is this. I want to shout out from the rooftops with a kickass microphone "JUST QUIT SUGAR, IT'S THAT EASY!". I want to tell everybody who is addicted to sugar or wants to lose weight the story of how sugar is ruining our bodies. I want to tell everyone that will listen. I want to tell everyone that will not listen. Unfortunately I realise that would most likely get me admitted to the nearest Mental Health Facility.
So I won't do that. I'll just write it all here for you instead.