Quitting Sugar – The Long term Pros and Cons List

This is my long term list of the pros and cons of quitting sugar. This must also be prefaced with the idea that I failed my first few attempts. I am not perfect – far from it! Check out my short term list if you are just starting out!

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PROS

Money! I have said this in my first list, but as the time when on this actually became a very noticeable amount! I have ended up putting this money aside every night what I didn’t spend during the day and I will soon have enough to buy myself a new laptop! This is definitely a long term goal to get something so expensive from the amount I saved per day (let’s say it was around $10) to make that add up to a computer but when the amount was in a separate bank account or when I took the money straight from my purse and put it in a jar at home, then I was able to see the benefit and actually made me want to save more.

I explore new foods. This was a big upside! Using the recipe book and the recipes included in the 8-week plan  I was able to try a wide range of new food that I would never normally have tried. I tried to get samples or asked friends and family if they had an ingredient first so that if I didn’t like it, I knew someone who would be happy to use it or share some with me. This reduced my fear in actually giving new things a go. I used the internet a lot of find out about heaps of new foods and if I could make it myself or where to get a coupon. Trust me, Google can be your shopping friend!

Learning to cook I will throw in there too. I already know how to cook, I am not a bad cook either but just branching out with new ingredients and methods has made me better.

I no longer have to explain myself. Most people who know me were well and truly used to my refusal to eat or drink sugar – so they stopped offering me things they knew I would say no to. No more asking me, or pressuring me, to join them in a slice of cake in the office or to grab a handful of M&Ms. The temptations were all still there but there was no more pushing and no more having to explain why I said no. I actually felt freer and I never have any fear of questioning if I slip up and eat something that is on my “not good” list. I know why I quit sugar, I know I slip up and I know how to get back on track. These were things I never was very good at before!

CONS

The feeling of missing out has never really gone away. It is a lot less though, I am not all consumed by this feeling anymore. But I do sometimes feel like I am missing out when I go for dinner and every one orders a dessert. I usually try to order a cheese platter but I do stick to my guns and avoid sugar. I just sometimes feel sad about this… is it worth it? Yes I KNOW it is and that I need to change my mindset around this or find a nice tea or coffee I can have that makes me better about this. But yes, this is still with me.

I annoy myself with my internal preaching monologues! This is hilarious and embarrassing, but I admit that I annoy myself when I criticize menus or people around me when they stuff a hot jam donut into their mouth or when they order a skinny latte with 2 sugars. I annoy myself with the constant chatter in my head. I have to calm this and accept people can do what they like, and their bodies are their bodies. I just need to be concerned with myself and that in and of itself is a full time job!!  I don’t have time to worry about other people… I promise I will change!

Comments

  1. I too have been addicted to sugar for my whole life. To look at me I appear healthy and trim. But I have known for 35 years that it was not good for me and I’ve tried several times to kick the habit. The thing that most motivates me now is to acknowledge that my body is a gift from God. And by abusing sugar I’m doing harm to that gift. How can I expect to keep my health when I eat things that place strain on my system and set me up for possible diseases? So when your mindset changes from “I wish I could eat that” to “I don’t want to eat that” the success of quitting sugar improves dramatically. I too am slowly trying new recipes that are wonderful and planning better so I have good, healthy, unprocessed foods at my fingertips. Dr. David Perlmutter’s book Grain Brain is a great eye-opener.

    • Hi Susan,

      I looked up the book you recommended – Grain Brain – and it looks fantastic. I am going to put this on my to read list.
      I have always struggled with bread and carbs! Growing up these were just staple foods for my family and I. So as an adult, changing this behavior has been hard, and I am far from perfect, but I keep trying!

  2. Hi Kate,

    I appreciate your honesty about the cons! Funny how we go around with annoying dialogues in our heads. I can relate to that. Good to know about the pros, too. What did you notice as far as changes in the way you feel or look?

    Thanks!

    Mary

    • Oops! I said dialogues. It’s monologues, of course. Unless I have multiple personality disorder that I–we–are unaware of.

    • Hi Mary,
      I had a lot more changes in the way I felt before I saw physical changes. The first physical changes I saw was my skin clearing up and looking brighter (I think this was a mix of the quitting sugar but also including some low impact walking exercise).
      There are DEFINITELY pros and cons to quitting sugar!!! I would love to know what other people’s lists are.

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