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After being repeatedly scuppered by bits of well-meaning sugar here and there, I resolved the other day to have none for the next two months so that I can properly withdraw from it.  Having been reasonably sugar-free for the past wee while, I thought this would be a doddle.

Nope.

The first three days were fine, but on the fourth day, I could have eaten anything that wasn’t nailed down.  It’s weird how it took so long to affect me, but hey, everyone is different.  D looked on incredulously as I scoffed an entire bag of sugar-free snacks.

I also really, really, and I mean REALLY, wanted some chocolate.  I’m happy to report that I didn’t cave in.

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Here’s how I pushed on through.

1. I reminded myself of why I am on this journey:

  • To get control over my appetite
  • To improve my overall health and well-being
  • To set a healthy example for my daughter

2. I reminded myself of how terrible I would feel both physically and emotionally if I ate chocolate.  I would:

  • get a headache
  • feel sluggish and tired the next day
  • probably need to take a nap – most likely at a time when my baby would be awake…
  • feel like I had ‘messed up again’ and might spiral into negative thoughts like ‘I’m always going to be fat’.  Who wants to have a pity party like that!  Not moi.

3. I was prepared to counteract the munchies with sugar-free snacks.  I got some of my favourite sugar-free treats so I didn’t feel deprived.

4. I let myself eat as much sugar-free food as I wanted.  Appetite control will come later.  I figured there was no point adding to my chocolate-craving misery by being hungry as well.

So if you’re just starting out on your sugar-free journey – be clear about why you are doing it, be prepared for the munchies to strike, and go easy on yourself.  In the words of those terrible Rachel Hunter Pantene ads:  It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.

 

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