This is the question people ask me the most often.

 The very simple and very honest answer:  I am not missing it and you can also get there!

This is the second part of my personal journey. For those of you who have not seen the first part, click here: Why do I bother telling you to stop eating sugar.

In 2008, I embarked on an experiment. I wanted to stop eating added sugar. Though I felt pretty crappy the first few weeks, after 2 months I was not missing it anymore.  This was 7 years ago. Ever since then I have been completely free of added sugar. 

In the beginning of the experiment, I felt I would do just about anything for  a piece of chocolate or a cake. I had very strong withdrawal syndromes. I realized I was addicted and I wanted to feel strong enough to get rid of the addiction.  After about 2 months, I felt free and “cured.”  For the first time in my life I felt in control when it came to eating sweets.

But that wasn’t the only benefit. To my surprise, my energy level increased far beyond anything I had ever known before.  And it’s easy to maintain. My metabolism is running now on normal food, and can easily supply a higher and more stable amount energy and nutrition to my body and brain.

I decided to have ZERO tolerance for eating food with added sugar.

No added sugar???

ZERO

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After this experiment, I decided to have ZERO tolerance for eating food with added sugar.

What do I mean by food with added sugar?

Cakes, chocolate, biscuits, drinks with sugar, almost all processed food.  ZERO. None. Not even a very small piece on my birthday or my children’s birthday. Not even ice cream.

I do occasionally eat fruits (1-3 pieces a day) and some honey in my tea.

Why? Sugar is addictive.  You simply cannot stop. Once you decide to eat a bit again, you will need more and more and more and even more….

I am sure you intimately know the process I’m talking about. Before 2008, I was there with you. Back then, in order to keep from gaining weight, I’d stop eating normal food. Then my metabolism would slow down and I’d get into the spiral of no energy, food cravings and weight gains, even while I was eating less.

Since 2008, my relationship with chocolate is precisely the same as towards smoking. I do not miss it!

People can stand next to me eating a birthday cake and I have NO CRAVINGS. It’s effortless. It’s just like not missing smoking while somebody is smoking next to me.

I know you can hardly believe this. I was there and know the feeling.

But now I have no cravings for sugar, even though I do enjoy great food.  I eat out in fancy restaurants all the time. I just skip the dessert and the chocolate with the coffee….and it feels simple.

The Take-Aways:

Recognize – Clean – Keep away

Recognize

Sugar is addictive and you need to get rid of the addiction.

Your body does not need it. (I will write more about the scientific evidence for this in later blog posts.)

There is a whole industry that has a vested interested in keeping you buying the stuff, making you fatter and fatter. This is why it’s rarely talked about.

Clean

The hardest part is surviving the first 2 months. It takes a lot of serious effort and commitment, similar to quitting smoking. Make sure you have support, as quitting sugar is particularly challenging.

(Survival techniques for the first two months will also be a future blog topic.)

Keep away

Once you get rid of the addiction, you need to continue your commitment and completely stay away from added sugar. I promise you, you will not miss it.

Just do not re-start. It will not be as difficult as you think. You honestly won’t miss it.

Today, when I look at a plate full of chocolate the only thing on my mind is:

I never want to feel sugar cravings again. I never want to feel those mood swings again. I never want to diet so much without any tangible results.

My conviction

I am convinced that most people in our society are addicted to sugar. We just don’t talk about it enough (just like we did not talk about smoking 50 years ago).

I hope you will join me in trying out this experiment. It was the most rewarding  investment for my own health I’ve ever made. You don’t have so much to lose, and the benefits are entirely worth it. You will gain energy, control over your weight, and stabilize your concentration. If you’re over weight right now, cutting out added sugar will help you lose those added pounds, especially around your belly.

And you’ll be giving up nothing that your body really needs.

One last thing: the fact that you clicked on this title tells me you’re probably  running on a sugar-driven metabolism.

Thank you for reading this. I hope it does as much for you as it did for me.

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Gabriella

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