Are you addicted to sugar? I’m pretty sure that I am. I was starting to reach for the chocolate when I got home from the school run, that’s how bad it was, 9am and scrabbling in the cupboard for something sweet to get me through the day. Every time I walked past I had to have a rummage and see what I could find, even resorting to pillaging the children’s choccy supplies when we ran out!
The worst times were when I sat down in the evenings with a cup of tea. Dave and I could easily do a family bar of choc in one sitting between us, on top of everything I was getting in the day, that’s a lot! I was also getting sugar crashes and generally feeling tired and grotty all day. Not to mention the weight creeping back on. I couldn’t stop though, I was really addicted to sugar.
So I decided to quit! Although I’m not cutting it out completely, that is really tough as it’s in practically everything, but I’m not eating anything after dinner and I’ve stopped snacking on it through the day. I have a few tips if you are looking to do the same. I also asked my fellow bloggers for ideas.
What I’ve done.
I’ve swapped my evening cup of decaf for a fruit tea. I never used to like them but it turns out that when you’re desperate for something sweet, it can really help.
I also bought some seriously dark chocolate and allow myself a square when I really feel the craving. It’s not particularly nice but it really does kill the urge to binge.
How I felt.
Initially it was really hard, I’m about a week in now and I really struggled the first few days and had headaches and dizziness but it definitely got easier and already I’m finding that I’m not having the same level of cravings. I had one piece of cake over the weekend as it was Dave’s birthday but that really has been it. I even left the biscuit on the side of my tea when I was in a cafe!
Here’s what some other fabulous bloggers had to suggest when I asked them about being addicted to sugar and trying to cut it right down but still getting the sweet hit I crave.
Layla from Motherhood Diaries says: ‘Replace sugar with either a natural sweetener. I use 100% organic maple syrup because I have a sweet tooth. Or when making cakes,I wait until my bananas are really brown so they’re super sweet and add in some medjool dates too ‘
Rachael from Lukeosaurus and Me recommends: ‘Cutting out sugar in hot tea or coffees makes an (alarmingly) big difference to your sugar intake! It’s crazy how many tea spoons of sugar we have without ever thinking about it!’
Victoria from Starlight and Stories has a great idea: ‘Pop a banana whole in the freezer for a while, once it’s frozen it tastes just like banana ice cream, perfect for a treat and zero sugar.’
Helena who writes The Queen of Collage has some good advice: ‘Cut out fizzy pop and juice drinks and be food aware. It’s frightening what things contain sugar and because it’s so addictive companies know this and haven’t cut down on the amount going into food. Cooking from scratch helps as you know what’s going into your food.’
They also came up trumps on no refined sugar recipes!
There’s a gorgeous recipe here by Captain Bobcat for a hazelnut and almond pan-bread here that is both sugar and gluten free.
So am I addicted to sugar? Yes, the way my body reacted to cutting it down so drastically makes me think I definitely am. And it’s something so hard to avoid completely but I’m going to carry on with my quest to cut it right down.