The ‘I Quit’ Blog Fiesta no. 2 – more on being sugar free!

Well this is the second edition of the I Quit Blog Fiesta!  I haven’t had much time for thinking about the blog recently and unfortunately no-one sent in any stories – queue sad violins!
Never mind, I have lots to tell about quitting sugar.  It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride to be honest.  To start off with I felt fine – happy to avoid sugary foods and ok in myself.  Then paranoia set in.  I started worrying about anything and everything.  Examples include the world coming to an end (feeling just like Jen from My Make Do and Mend Year – Scared) fear of terrorist attacks and becoming a total hypochondriac.  The more I worried, the more I worried.  Some worries you can do something about and some you can’t.  When you feel you can’t do anything about your worries, you start to feel hopeless and hopelessness is not a happy place to be.  I started to feel a little depressed and miserable and despairing about ‘the point of it all’.  
Luckily a few books helped to snap me out of it.
  1. Erica White’s Beat Candida Cookbook
  2. How To Live Dangerously: Why We Should All Stop Worrying, and Start Living 
  3. The Art Of True Forgiveness: How To Forgive Anyone For Anything, Anytime You Want
I bought the first one because I thought I might have Candida – the jury is still out on that one and if you do have it this book recommends a low sugar, low yeast diet and has lots of great recipes for how to do it.  Anyway it also tells you not to underestimate the detox process and how awful it can make you feel. When I started feeling really down, I told myself it was just the coming off sugar blues and somehow that made me feel better.
The second book had me in tears I was laughing so much.  It puts all fears and worries into perspective with some great statistics illustrating that the things that scare us are far less likely to kill us than many of the things that we don’t give a second thought to.
I bought the third one when I finally recognised that I find it difficult to let go of things.  In the past if I was in a mood about something that I couldn’t work out how to resolve, I would just eat something sugary and then feel better.  Without having that crutch to turn to, I have had to deal with my emotions in a way I never have before and this book has really helped to work out how to let go of resentments both short term and long term, which is great!
I don’t think my journey is over just yet, but I feel that I am making great progress.  Giving up sugar isn’t easy however I’m so glad I know the truth it i.e. that although it tastes nice, that is where it’s niceness stops.  If I wasn’t so convinced that I didn’t want it in my life, I know it would have been far harder to keep away from it for this long!

There is also the plus side that since I started I have now lost 13lbs in weight (this is not entirely due to staying off sugar and refined grains, I have also been doing Zumba once a week ish – UPDATE I quit Zumba after several weeks and still continued to lose weight on my no sugar diet)!

To read more about my no sugar journey click here and here.

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See you again next time!

I would love to hear your stories in time for my next ‘I Quit’ Blog Fiesta.  Please send me an email on by 29th May to be included in the next fiesta which will go live on the 1st June 2013.

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