A week ago today I decided to cut sugar from my diet. A friend of mine told me she was cutting back, and why, and then on Thursday evening while browsing Pinterest, I saw the ebook "I Quit Sugar" by Sarah Wilson. After reading a short excerpt from the book I knew I wanted it. I purchased and read it Friday morning (it's an easy read. Only 41 pages long), and decided to embark on a no sugar diet.
If you know me at all, you know that I love coffee, and that I love it SWEET. This is how I used to fix my coffee: 2 tsp. sugar, 1 T flavored creamer, top with whipped cream & cinnamon. So, ummmm, yeah. Loads of sugar. 18 grams to be exact.
In Sarah's book she states that the recommended daily allowance for a woman is no more than 20 grams (or 5 teaspoons) of sugar per day. Obviously I was going WAY over that on a daily basis. I have known for a long time that I needed to cut out (or at least cut back on) my sugar intake. I have a pugdy belly that I like to blame on "baby weight". But really, the baby is almost three, so I don't think I'm allowed to use that excuse anymore.
This first week hasn't been so bad. Her book lays out an 8 week plan for getting yourself off of sugar. The first week is basically making better choices. Cutting out as much sugar as possible and swapping sweet treats for more healthy options. Although the plan doesn't "require" that you cut out all sugar until week 3, I decided to go ahead and just go for it...mostly. I've had between 5 and 7.5 grams of sugar per day. This week has been a lot of trial and error, discovering that certain foods I considered "healthy" have loads of sugar, and finding replacements. I've been drinking a lot of hot tea, and have replaced my morning cup of "high sugar" coffee with an iced coffee with cream only.
I'm telling you, it really isn't that bad. If it's something you have been considering, I say go for it! I'll let you know if I stil feel that way in four weeks :)