Every Love Story Has A Beginning
Sugar and I have been friends for a long time. My mother always tells the story of me as a toddler eating my first ice cream cone. She says from that moment I fell in love with the cold treat. My other favorite thing growing up was instant ice tea. New York summers were always hot and humid, but my Mom would bring out a pitcher of ice tea to cool us down. When my family went food shopping we made sure to bring home treats and as an adult when I would get hungry I would pick a pastry instead of fruit. I never realized how much sugar I was consuming on a daily basis until I started Weight Watchers a few years ago and had to start tallying those daily points.
Drinking My Calories
Weight Watchers slightly opened up my eyes and made me realize that I was drinking my calories. My love of soft drinks and of course ice teas was causing to me to use my weekly points way faster than I was supposed to. So, I switched to sugar-free drinks and started to make my own ice tea at home. But, I still was using sugar just less of it. I lost about 20lbs on Weight Watchers and even though I didn’t gain the weight back I still struggled with losing more.
Creating Your Dear John Letter
Before my thyroid surgery, I was working out 4-5 days out of the week at the gym and did what I believed was a total lifestyle change when it came to my relationship with food. Still, I didn’t lose any weight I just stayed the same. Fast forward to this year after meeting with my Naturopathic doctor and seeing the horror on her face when I told how much sugar I put in my homemade ice tea caused me to rethink my relationship with sugar.
Going Cold Turkey
I never realized how addicted I was to sugar until I couldn’t have it anymore. The first month for me was agony. I used to make my green ice tea with lemon with 2/3 cups of simple syrup. But, now I had to make it without any sugar and just put one packet of Stevia in it. I am not going to lie my taste buds were not happy. This part of the journey will cause you to get serious about labels because 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon. Some of the ice tea drinks I consumed that were organic and supposed to be healthy had 30 grams of sugar in it. Yikes! My favorite ice coffee companion Very Vanilla Soy Milk got a dear john letter to because it has 16 grams of sugar in it per serving.
After my break up I am not going to lie I have that sunny glow. Not quite exactly as the model below, but close to it.
I have lost weight and even though my clothes barely fit I still have a way to go weight wise. Energy levels are up and the fatigue I used to feel that caused me to crave sugary sweets is diminishing. Does this mean I am totally sugar-free, of course not. I am at the beginning stage of this journey and sometimes a girl just needs a brownie.
- Start making drinks at home instead of buying the pre-made store juices. Buy organic Stevia and just add one packet per glass. I use the brand Pyure .
- Become label savvy and look for keywords that disguise sugar. The one that almost got me was evaporated cane juice.
- If you use kinds of milk like Almond or Coconut buy the unsweetened versions. My current faves are Almond/Coconut blends.
- If you need a treat try to make your own. I took a class at the Natural Gourmet Institute and we used a variety of sweeteners like maple sugar, agave, and honey.
- Try to drink plenty of water during the day. I got used to drinking water by starting off with the sparkling kind. My favorite is Smart Water Sparkling. By drinking that I am now able to consume way more water during the day.
- And if you can’t stand water under any circumstances I recommend these two drinks, the first is Spindrift. My fav Spindrift is grapefruit. The other has sugar, but less than most brands its Boylan’s Mash.
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