Monday, November 8, 2010

Sweet Nothings




















  If you follow me on Twitter, then you probably know that I have recently cut sugar out of my life.  I knew I had a problem but wasn't sure how to deal with it until I read Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Newsletter last week entitled Overcoming Sugar Addiction.  It was exactly the plan of attack that I needed to make a change.  What's funny is that I actually eat very healthy.  I don't eat anything processed, I eat red meat maybe twice a month, I drink in moderation, I don't smoke, or do drugs.  But I would have no problem eating a bag of peanut M&M's in the afternoon or a treat from Billy's Bakery every time I left my client's apartment.  One of the facts I learned from Goop is that sugar is actually more addictive than cocaine which was a serious wake up call.  It can also lead to a myriad of other health problems.  It's been four days so far and I have to say that feel great!  I've followed all the advice in the article including exercising more, taking vitamins and L-Glutamine, drinking more water, and generally taking time for myself.  I decided not to wait to January 1st to make new resolutions and I hope this helps me get through the holiday season without over indulging.  I also recognize that I will probably eat sugar again but I'd much rather enjoy it while sharing a wonderful dessert after a good meal with friends than eating it alone because I've had a bad day.  Here's to new beginnings!

25 comments:

a Broad said...

Ack ! I needed to read this today?? !
That film was so lovely to look at and the eating and drinking of sweets and wine made me wonder how often Wardrobe had to enlarge the costumes :)

I am heavily addicted to sugar and trying at this time to Cut Back. It is very hard ..

Luciane From HomeBunch.com said...

Good for you, Heather!

It's so true sugar is extremely addictive and realllly bad for you. I am also one of those girls that loves peanut M&M (after you start is so hard to stop eating 'em) but I find to be craving more sugar when I am closer to that "time" of the month, if you know what I mean. Is everybody like that too?

I want to thank you for the tips on the vitamins. I will take a look at that.

In another note, I am posting today about a new Australian online magazine (you're feartured there too_ at the magazine) and I would love if you take look. Please, let me know what you think, ok?
My blog is: www.homebunch.com

Thanks again, Heather!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Christina said...

Very inspiring! I have started by trying to use splenda in my coffee. We'll see how that goes!

Andi said...

I posted about cutting out sugar also back in the Spring. It's actually completely disgusting when you start reading the havoc that sugar can wreak on our bodies. It's actually quite scary! I got a few nasty comments from people who thought I was off my rocker of course:)

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Good for you! I felt SO much better without sugar in my diet. What did I start eating sugar again? ???? Most likely because I drink coffee with sugar in it. Need to find an alternative.
Thanks for sharing.
Teresa

Belle on Heels said...

good for you! i've recently had the same revelation with sodium and am working hard to eliminate added salts from my diet. sugar may be next. keep up the good work!

Modern Country Lady said...

Hi Heather- good for you!!I stopped using sugar and started generally being more healthy and snacking on fruit instead of cakes in June, and in three months went from size 14 to 16 to my old size 12- and feel so much better! As kate Moss says " Nothing tastes as good as feeling skinny!":-)

Stephanie said...

Good for you! I recently gave up sugar too, then the GOOP e-mail came and I became even more determined to see it through. Sometimes, you get exactly what you need at the right time. Good luck!

Karena said...

Heather please tell me how to cut out sugar...do I need to go to rehab?

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Lea simply said...

you're right, the abuse of sugar is the cause of diseases.

La Maison Fou said...

Good for you girl!

I eat almost no sugar, but it is a hard road some days.
A bit of the chocolate is always a treat.
L.

Rooms Bloom said...

Here's to new resolutions before the holidays!!! I recently changed to brown sugar in my tea and sometimes, eliminating it all together. Or go for herbal tea with honey. I can do without desserts, candy and pop - but my tea is sacred at 4Pm in the afternoon!

kerry said...

GOOD LUCK :)

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Good for you!

Taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do...otherwise, it's nearly impossible to take care of others.
I should be following your lead and taking your advice -- I've had eras in my life when I gave up most sugars and I certainly felt and looked better back then ; )
But oh, Nero is a gourmande, you see. And this time of year, sweets and comforting, cozy things are so tempting.
Best of luck on the journey -- may life bring you other sweetnesses in the interim ; )

Cheers, Alcira

thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

Hilary said...

I would love to do the same thing! I am addicted to sugar in my coffee....so that makes 2 addictions for me:)
Good luck on fighting off those pesky cravings.

The Zhush said...

OK, fellow sugar addict here...and you are completely and totally inspiring me (again!) to sort this out...stat! Off to read GP's advice!

Grant K. Gibson said...

Oh no! I am so thrilled for you- but what about Diet Coke? Does that count?

quintessence said...

OK - you're doing great. Just keep going. The water is really important in the beginning. You will keep feeling better - sugar is worse than fat or salt. And it doesn't mean that you can't ever have it again - just not regularly. And fyi - don't eat carrots as a healthy snack for now - tons of sugar.

Veronika said...

I too am addicted to sugar but otherwise eat pretty healthy! thanks for the tips :)

She Wore It Well said...

Sugar is my drug of choice too! Need to stop! Stat!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I forwarded it to my husband and he stopped too. I have been off since Halloween when I seriously felt sick after too much sugar.

jones said...

Congratulations. You do feel wonderful after cutting out sugar or at least reducing it to a bare minimum. I can't eat processed sugar without getting a sugar hangover and the same goes for anything processed or white. I still get carvings; so once a month I go off the wagon and then swear that I will never do it again (until the next time). Keep it up--it is amazing how much more energy you have without sugar (don't slip into artificial sweeteners--most of them are toxic, too).

kim c said...

Good for you, Heather! I've cut it out since April and feel so much better. Now I've mostly stopped eating dairy, red meat and fat except olive oil. It seemed hard at first, but slowly it became easier and now I feel like my body and emotions are have improved so much for the better. Keep going! You can do it! Okay, my vice is still wine... can't give that sweetness up!!

Kim

carrie said...

Every time I try to cut sugar out of my diet, it seduces me back! Part of the problem is the Splenda in my coffee. I won't give up coffee but I can't seem to find something suitable to put in it. (tried Agave,Stevia). Using any artificial sweetner keeps that longing alive. It's a huge issue and while reading the Goop newsletter, I have vowed to try again. Good luck to you, let us know how you're doing.

I Dream Of said...

Hi Heather--Great that you are doing this. I've done the sugar detox a couple times and now feel like I can truly take it or leave it. It's a treat not a way of life. It was tough going, but worth it. Now it's just cheese that I have a problem with!!!! Rooting for you. : - ) Jeanne

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