I never thought I’d say this…
I don’t crave sweets.
Yes, I do not crave ice cream, cookies, brownies, or any type of sweet any longer!
I’ll go even further.
Sweets are not even appealing to me anymore.
Nope, I’m not lying or exaggerating. I actually looked at a chocolate, chocolate cake, which normally would have sent me into craving mode and the opposite happened– it made me cringe. Yes, I actually had NO desire to buy, open, or even have a taste of that cake.
How could this be true?
At the end of December I decided to give up sugar for 30 days. At first I used a tablespoon of honey as my sweetener but about 2 weeks in I started to notice some pretty big changes and decided to take it one step further, eliminating honey as well and decreasing the amount of fruit I ate to only one serving a day.
The second half of my No Sugar Challenge was where the big changes happened. It had been a few days since I ate a fruit and I decided to eat an apple. The apple tasted too sweet! And not like I had mentioned before when I said that it was full of flavor sweet; it was so sweet I couldn’t finish it and it actually made me feel a little sick. What?! The next day I decided to try a banana and the same thing happened. I actually couldn’t finish it.
Then, all of a sudden around week 3 I realized I stopped craving something sweet after dinner, which was always my hardest time. It has now been over 30 days and I still do not care for a dessert after dinner.
I can look at chocolate candy and not wish I was eating it!
That is huge for me.
I do not feel like I am depriving myself of sugary treats, I just don’t want them.
Can I tell you how big this is for me? I have heard people say giving up sugar stopped the craving but I always thought, “You are full of it, there is no way you don’t want to shove that brownie in your mouth and wash it down with soda. You just have a will power I cannot imagine.”
It is freeing. No joke, an amazing feeling to know that a sweet treat does not own you.
What has this 30 Day No Sugar Challenge taught me?
- It is now my lifestyle change. From now on I will not buy any added sugar food for me or my family and I will not add sugar to food that I make, except for some honey 😉
- Sweet treats will be just that– a treat for a special occasion. Of course my kids will still have birthday cakes and holidays will have my favorite yams but I probably won’t add (or need to add) as much brown sugar.
- From now on I make snacks for me and my kids. I noticed that all these “healthy” and organic snacks were full of sugar. Instead of buying granola bars I found a recipe that my kids like and it only takes me 30 minutes to make, which is a win-win because not only do the kids love to help make them it saves us money!
- No food should make you feel like you “have” to have it.
If you have thought about taking the 30 Day No Sugar Challenge or a Sugar Cleanse I highly recommend it. Something that just started as a way for me to stop shoving chocolate chips into my mouth after every meal, actually changed my lifestyle and my family’s. Take a minute and look at those healthy, organic labels. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was.