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My Sugar-Free Journey: Unexpected Surprises




November 14th marked the day I decided to quit sugar, with a few exceptions. One of the most empowering aspects of taking control of your health and wellness is becoming the decision-maker in your own life. Let's first discuss the exceptions. I've allowed naturally occurring sugars as they are a part of my healthy diet, primarily in the form of dairy and fruit. As one of my clients aptly puts it, "obvious sugar." Additionally, I have a special place in my heart for cocktails, and I allow myself to indulge in them three times a week, even though they are sugar-laden delights that I eagerly anticipate.


Another crucial aspect of this journey is my aversion to artificial sweeteners (except for a touch in my iced tea). This includes all the artificial options and sweeteners like stevia and truvia. Please note that I'm not against their use, and I'm not advocating for everyone to quit sugar. I'm simply sharing my personal journey.


I've encountered many skeptics who questioned my decision to quit sugar, especially during the holiday season. Well, one of the reasons was precisely that challenge. But the first unexpected result was how much easier it became to resist the tempting treats when I had consciously chosen not to consume sugar. In the past, I'd tell myself I'd have just a little, only to overindulge in everything. This season, I've been able to walk past all the tempting goodies with ease.


The next surprise, which occurred much faster than I anticipated, was a significant reduction in joint pain – an 80% improvement within just a few days. I've also noticed less inflammation and bloating.


Sleep – something we all cherish. Caffeine is known to affect sleep, but sugar is a close second. Eliminating sugar from my diet has resulted in more restful sleep, which has been a game-changer.


Perhaps the most significant surprise was the improvement in my focus. I can stay on track without being easily distracted, complete my thoughts, and tackle my to-do list much more efficiently.


However, the biggest surprise wasn't a positive one. Contrary to what one might expect, weight loss didn't happen as quickly as I thought it would. It only began in week three, and I've lost a total of 6 pounds (which is still significant, I know). I share this to emphasize that when you're making the transition to a healthier lifestyle, patience is key. Changes don't happen overnight.


Lastly, even my beloved cocktails have evolved. Some of the chocolate martinis on our home menu now taste excessively sweet to me. So yes, I still enjoy my drinks, but they've adjusted to my changing palate.


I have no intention of reverting to sugar-laden foods. My plan is to continue learning how to live without them while occasionally indulging in sweet treats. If I do need something sweetened I will only be using applesauce, date syrup or real maple syrup. The difference in how I feel, my improved focus, and the relief from joint pain serve as constant reminders that I've made the right choice for my health and well-being.

I'll be sharing more about my journey as it continues. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me anytime. A big shoutout to my mom, who embarked on her sugar-free journey a week ahead of me and is absolutely thriving. She faces even more temptations than I do on a daily basis! Her determination is truly inspiring.


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