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.
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.
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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