food, Reflection

Living a Sugar Free Life

One year ago, on 1st November 2017, a few days into working 46 days in a row without a day off, I decided to give up sugar. There were a number of reasons why I wanted to do it and without wanting to turn this into an ode to my serious skin issues, improving my overall health was my main focus.

A relatively healthy person, I (thought I) ate a balanced diet and even cooked pretty regularly. Having tried cutting out dairy and even gluten before, neither of these things had much impact on my skin. I decided to work really hard on increasing my water intake and reducing my sugar levels, specifically the refined sugar. Off the top of my head, I recall an average day featuring me having a large hot chocolate with cream, a flavoured syrup or chocolate flake and marshmallows with lunch at work, and an American waffle covered in Nutella or Galaxy Ripple bar with a tea or homemade hot chocolate following my dinner. It just had to stop.

white ceramic mug filled with dessert

I quit it all. From 1st November 2017 it was all gone. I was really surprised at how little I craved any of the sweet treats, with the most difficult part, other that saying goodbye to my Nutella jar, was being not being able to have a hot chocolate on those chilly November days.

Going home for Christmas was one of the trickier times over the last year, given that I was used to taking practically an entire Yule Log for myself as my Christmas dessert. Instead, I strictly limited myself to one slice, even limiting my chocolate orange consumption to 2 segments a day – good when I used to be able to eat a whole one at once! (And yes, I still had chocolate oranges into February, and I did not care!)

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My go to if I fancy something chocolate based (which is very rare)

One year on and the changes I made to my lifestyle still stand. I now:

  • Have discovered a hot chocolate that only has 3 grams of sugar in it per cup
  • Have discovered refined sugar free cupcakes that DO NOT taste like ass
  • Make my own rice crispies as my own little treat every few weeks
  • Take my tea without sugar
  • Drink (as close to) 2 litres of water a day
  • Monitor my sugar intake daily
  • Still allow myself something sweet – the odd piece of cake, donut, cookie, crepe or waffle is too good to pass up!

I am super proud of how far I have come over the last 12 months, even more so of the fact that now my taste buds have completely changed. I find even flavoured water much too sweet now, let alone fizzy drinks, I never even look at ‘regular’ chocolate bars and even pick up sugar free chocolate orange if I fancy something cocoa-y.

Have you ever tried cutting something out of your diet? What was it and how did it go?

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19 thoughts on “Living a Sugar Free Life”

  1. So proud you never quit and now I’m improving my intake too to try and shift some weight.
    1 stone gone and at least another to go
    With u to help and encourage me I’ll get there
    Lurve u lots 🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌

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  2. Nice, you’re doing great Ellen 👍🏼
    And yeah I have cut down sugar too. Whenever I’m out with my missus we always get one dessert and share it 😃❤️😊

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  3. So proud of what you’ve went through! It definitely takes perseverance to do what you did. I’ve tried to cut some out but it’s so hard. I reduced intake on gassy drinks though, I opt for iced lemon tea which are usually quite sugary. But one step at a time for me!

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  4. Once upon a time even I was all no sugar person 😂😂😂😂I felt yucks when something sweet came my way but these days I’m just just losing it…It’s really hard when I commute back from college to home witnessing so many snacks and chocolates my way home…I need to build that wall again … Congratulations you did it …Girl …I know what it takes ..Keep it up.. I’m proud of you ..

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  5. Omg this is amazing Ellie well done!! I wish I had the will power to do this so much!! I might try it as my new years resolution if there are some sort of alternatives I’m happy with that. Do you still have cravings now?? Are you going to stick to it? Love this post really interesting for me. Xx

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    1. Thank you so much! ♥ My motivation to keep it going is the improvement I saw in my skin after a few weeks. I don’t really get cravings too much and if I do, I try to make sure I have something sweet, like I will share a desert in a restaurant, or have one Krispie Kreme (instead of 3). I don’t plan to go back to how it was before, purely b/c that much sugar is not good for anyone! It was really interesting to see how much sugar is in the craziest little thing too when I first started. My biggest challenge was making plain water my ‘favourite’ drink, but by now, the more water I drink, the more I want 😀

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      1. Try to cut down instead of cutting out, at least at first – and alternatives are always useful to ‘trick’ yourself into thinking you are having a cake/chocolate x

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    1. I still have a treat sometimes so it is still there – I just really needed to do something about the crazy levels of sugar I was taking in! You definitely could do it – after the initial week one, it would get easier when you start feeling more energized and fresher ♥ x

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