So I somewhat selfishly convinced about 20 people to try going sugar-free with me for the month of February. This didn’t mean we ate sugar-free products. Instead we gave up desserts, sugary snacks and sugary beverages. Alcohol was allowed to convince more people to partake. (The pictures are just some of the foods I passed on during the month.)
Having a group involved was definitely more fun than going along. And my boyfriend, Matt, join me as well, which always makes passing on food easier. I got mixed feedback from people though. Some loved it. They didn’t like not having sweets, but they enjoyed challenging their willpower. This was really an aspect that I hadn’t considered, but it is important to give our willpower a workout. Others felt crabby. And while it’s not fun to feel crabby for a whole month, the fact that skipping sugar makes you feel crabby says a lot.
I was hoping that month off would help kick the sugar habit I’d seemed to have gotten into, but I’m not sure it has. I almost can’t wait till this Friday when I can have sugar again. And there is a huge part of me that doesn’t want to eat it because I’m scared I might just binge. I’m considering making some person guidelines like one dessert a week or no desserts Monday-Thursday. In part, I don’t feel the cravings for sugar the way I did, I just want to have fun sharing good food with friends. Food is the center of so much that we do together.
One thing I realized is that passing on sugar meant that I passed on a good deal of food I would have tried otherwise, especially when I was on vacation in Disney. Saying no to the food, really made me realize just how much I actually eat. It’s crazy.
I also ate a lot more fruit than I normally do. And while fruit has sugar in it, at least it’s healthy sugar. Sometimes I even put a little homemade whip cream on it (without adding any sugar to the creamy concoction) and I didn’t even miss the sugar. That’s why it’s good to try these challenges sometimes. I didn’t know that I’m happy with whip cream without sugar. Going forward I won’t add sugar to my whip cream.
Studies have shown that rats addicted to cocaine will choose sugar over the cocaine they are already addicted to. I think about that a lot. And I hope that every February I make the decision to give up sugar.