Sunday, August 4, 2013

48 Days of Freedom without Sugar

I never thought I could last 48 days without "recreational" sugar (cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pie, ice cream, candy, chocolate, etc.), nor did I think I'd ever want to.  But over these past 6 weeks, I've experienced what can only be described as a miracle; the freedom from the compulsion to overeat/binge on sugar...

Once I stopped eating it all the time, the daily cravings stopped.  It was as simple as that.  What wasn't simple, however, was the first few days of going without.  It was hard.  I really wanted it.  But I didn't need it.  This is when it became clear to me, the difference between want and need.  I didn't need it like I thought I did to get through a trying, exhausting day with the kids.  I didn't need it to feel comfortable standing around awkwardly with other parents at a kid's birthday party.  I didn't need it because every single person I knew was getting some to cool off on hot day.  I might have wanted it, but I didn't need it to survive.

This is part of an addiction to sugar. The pull is so great, I feel like I need it in order to survive.  These past 48 days is proof to me that I do not.

I want to tell you how I did it, but that will have to wait until tomorrow's post...






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