Going sugar free can be a total drag.
A little over a year ago, my thyroid doctor and I had a conversation and it went something like this.
“No desserts?,” I asked.
“None of that. You need to take sugar out of your diet.”
I was stunned. No brownies? Not any chocolate cake? Sugary sweets were off limits?
Coming from a background of baking for the last ten years I suppose I couldn’t believe my ears.
I was going sugar free. Little did I know at that time that this decision would dramatically change my life.
Here are five unconventional (and awesome) ways that going sugar free can help your quality of life and undoubtedly give you the energy you crave.
1. Sugar Free Gives You Back Control
Now, going gluten free is a great start to getting your health back on track. For many people with health issues, it’s a no-brainer.
However, that may not be enough to reverse your symptoms or lose the weight or stop eating chocolate bars.
Wherever you are in your relationship with sugar, you know it has a hold on you to some degree.
So, some may get to a point where they will try just about anything to start feeling in control again.
What you may not realize is that the power to take back your energy is already in your hands.
If taking sugar out of your diet is just one more step in the roadmap to vibrant health, wouldn’t it be worth it?
Think about your energy being so low that even thinking of leaving the house sounds difficult.
Now that would be high motivation to do something about it.
What if you’re told you have candida (caused by excess sugar consumption and stress) and it’s wreaking havoc on your digestion?
When you cut sugar out of your life, you gain control of a situation.
It’s your way of saying, “Hey I know my health isn’t doing so well. But I can see that this may be something that will help me ultimately. I’m going to do this and stop making excuses.”
And then you have the wheel back in your hands. Now you can start to steer yourself in the right direction. Pretty cool, right?
It’s mind-blowing to me that we can decide that it’s worth it (for now) to give up sugar to gain something that is so precious.
That is, your energy.
Don’t give up your power to sugar. You can take back control.
Sugar can’t hold its power over you any longer.
Your energy will increase just knowing you are determined to make a difference in your health.
2. Sugar Free Destroys Excuses
I don’t mean to burst your bubble… but…
You can’t really go only partly sugar free if you want to see your health rapidly change.
As a result, this is a time where moderation does not apply.
How badly do you want to get from point A to point B?
Take the time to find your why.
Why do you want to give up sugar?
If you don’t know, you probably won’t have the push you need to follow through.
Cutting out sugar is not easy. Especially since it’s been proven to be as addictive as drugs.
The desire we have to eat sweets creates cravings that are strong. We binge on certain foods, (like brownies), feel guilt, and then start the vicious cycle all over again.
If this feels familiar know you’re not alone.
But just know that once you make the decision to cut out sugar it will get easier with time. (And it doesn’t have to be forever unless you want it to be.)
When your why is strong, excuses don’t stand a chance.
Because you have a goal. It may be to lose weight, calm your gut, get your blood sugar in balance.
When the desire to eat ice cream cones is overcome by your desire to build relationships, start a business or just simply spend more time with your loved ones, you’ll find your why.
Whatever it is, write it down and keep it in front of you.
3. Sugar Free Creates Opportunities
Do you find it distracting that the same old things bother you day after day, month after month?
I put off for years finding out what in the world was wrong with my health and finally learned I had a severe thyroid problem.
It just became worse and worse because I didn’t do anything about it.
That being said, wanting to try the sugar-free lifestyle and being curious about it is not the same as living it.
Eventually though, it becomes your new normal.
And your questions about eating sugar free change to different ones.
Once you get your weight under control and your digestion starts working properly, you’ll pat yourself on the back and ask yourself why you didn’t start sooner.
Things you once had on the back burner will boldly stare at you in the face.
Hobbies, sports, cooking, friends, whatever… they will start looking like something you want to pursue again.
You won’t be able to ignore these things anymore.
There are better things to do than focus on your weight all the time. Or your health issue.
Things will start looking up because your zest for life will have returned.
Isn’t that the reason we do anything? To improve our lives?
What is the core issue of the reason you want to get sugar out of your diet?
Is it to just to lose weight? Why do you want to lose weight?
You want to feel good, and look good. That’s important for health and happiness.
But the bottom line is, at least in my mind, that we want to be able to do the things we want to do.
Health comes much more naturally when we are in a place where we feel productive.
Taking that first step takes energy.
An object at rest stays at rest.
When we get sugar out of our diet, we make room for opportunities we want to pursue and our energy increases.
If we don’t decide to do anything about our sugar addiction, or whatever it is about sugar that we’re personally dealing with, nothing changes and our situation stays the same.
I’ve been there. I’ve wanted to change something desperately.
But nobody could make me. I had to muster up the courage to take that first step.
Even in the middle of extreme fatigue.
I don’t believe that we lack willpower.
What we need is to focus on something that matters.
Something bigger than ourselves.
And that creates opportunities.
That builds up the energy inside of you.
4. Sugar Free is Something You Own
Some don’t like the idea of going sugar free because it creates a fear of missing out.
How many of us remember licking the cookie dough off of the spoon when we made chocolate chip cookies? Wasn’t that the best part?
You owned that cookie dough. You may have even claimed it as yours before your sister or brother could get to it.
It was yours. And you were going to eat it.
I always say that if I’m going to do something it might as well be fun.
You may be saying, “But if I go sugar free all of the yummy desserts I used to love will be gone forever!”
I understand your concern. But there’s no reason to panic.
You see, once you go sugar free you have the privilege of discovering new ways to make old recipes. And it’s not as if you’ll never touch a spot of sugar again.
Chances are good that every now and then you’ll want to celebrate a birthday with a cupcake or two.
And that’s okay.
But for the other times you feel you may be missing out, you need to have a plan in place so you don’t go face-first into that chocolate cream pie.
Take the time to figure out what desserts you’ll miss the most. And then do everything in your power to nail down and own those recipes.
While everyone else is scarfing down cookies and trying to keep their eyes open when the movie is playing on Saturday night, you’ll have calmly eaten your two sugar-free cookies with a glass of almond milk and be moving on with your life.
Your blood sugar will be steady, and your energy consistent.
You may have so much energy you won’t know what to do with yourself.
5. Sugar Free Loves You Back
No matter how tough life gets, your sugar free diet always has your back.
Over time, you won’t have the desire to rip open that box of Ding-Dongs and mindlessly eat three of them.
I know it’s hard to believe, because I remember reading an article online over a year ago with someone saying they didn’t even miss sugar.
I was like, “Yeah, right.”
But it’s true.
Things that used to appeal to me don’t very much anymore.
Now the cravings for brownies every other day have stopped.
Yes, it used to be that bad.
When you go sugar free wonderful things will begin to happen.
You will lose those cravings, lose weight and lose the confusion of why you can’t seem to let sugar go.
I will be clear here. I don’t think that sugar is bad in itself if not abused.
For some, it can be part of their diet here and there, and they do fine.
All I can say is that through my own experience, and being sugar free for over a year now, is that this has worked incredibly well returning me to my health and vitality.
My energy has been better than it has been in many years.
My hope is that it can be the same for you too.
What can you do now?
To put it simply, give this a try.
You may be surprised to learn that you actually like eating a sugar free diet and that you take to it sooner than expected.
Remember, there are five ways sugar-free eating can change your life and can therefore skyrocket your energy:
- It gives you back the control over your life. You have the ability to choose what you eat and make a change to better your health.
- The excuses of why you can’t give up sugar are destroyed by finding your “why.” And when your why is strong, excuses don’t stand a chance.
- Opportunities will come your way when you decide to go sugar free and you make room for things you had put on the back-burner.
- You can “own” your sugar-free lifestyle by creating versions of desserts you used to enjoy. Getting rid of the fear of missing out is only a matter of preparing in advance.
- After a while you won’t crave sugar the way you used to. You’ll be feeling and seeing a difference in your body and health. Sugar free will be your new normal.
Do you have any questions about the ways going sugar free can skyrocket your energy? Please leave a comment below!