What inspired me to quit sugar in the first place?
I have mentioned this before, but here goes again! I quit sugar back in March 2013 after reading an article in the New York Times on the Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food and realising for the first time that sugar is actually addictive. The article is really worth a read, but if you haven’t got time, a very basic overview, is that large companies spend millions researching how to create products with the perfect taste, texture and levels of sugar, salt and fat. When I say perfect, what I mean is perfectly addictive. The products are deliberately kept fairly bland as too much flavour would trigger us to stop eating. Plus the article suggests that sugar, salt and fat are addictive substances in their own right. This level of spending and research doesn’t just apply to what most people would consider to be junk food either, this applies to a vast range of foods some of which are usually thought of as being healthy options (read more about foods you might not expect to contain sugar, like stock cubes for example – here)
What people say to me…
I have found that some of the people around me don’t really get why/ how I have given up sugar and seem surprised each time they see me that I am still not eating any (well very little) practically 10 months later… Sometimes people ask me how I have lost so much weight and when I tell them I have given up sugar their responses have tended to fall into one of three categories:
- It can’t be just down to quitting sugar – you must have done something else as well
- Sugar is fine in moderation – you need a little treat now and again
- They say that they couldn’t possibly quit sugar themselves.
10 reasons why I quit sugar
- Sugar has been claimed to be the root cause of the obesity epidemic. I can’t speak for everyone else, but quitting sugar has allowed me to lose around 2 stone in weight – even consuming a little sugar can cause me to put on weight
- This article (and various others I have read) claim that eating sugar can make you look older.
- Eat too much sugar and you could end up being diabetic.
- High blood sugar levels can affect your memory according to this article.
- Sugar can rot your teeth. Even after giving up sugar, eating raisins gave me a bit of a toothache. I haven’t had a toothache in months!
- From my experience cutting out sugar gives you your tastebuds back. Simple foods taste good again.
- Sugar lows and sugar highs = mood swings. I’m much happier and more consistent with my moods these days.
- If we all gave up eating sugar, they wouldn’t grow it anymore. We might not be able to reverse some of the damage already done by growing sugar, but we can stop or at least reduce more happening in future!
- Avoiding added sugar, means avoiding most processed foods and their subsequent packaging and other dodgy ingredients.
- I must have saved a fortune in the last 10 months on all the chocolate, biscuits, sweets, cakes and desserts I haven’t eaten. Plus making food from scratch (avoiding the added sugar) is also likely to have saved me a bit of money.