Does giving up sugars, sweeteners, and most carbs make you feel deprived? I know I felt that often, but what does it mean to be deprived? Are you truly deprived if the things you want are making you fat, unhealthy, and unhappy? We know the answer to that. Yes we want sweet tastes as long as we keep feeding them, but that passes fairly quickly. So you can’t have something you wanted, does that mean you still can’t have lots of wonderful things in your life that will be more rewarding–of course not. I would rather be able to walk up a couple flights of stairs without huffing and puffing. I would rather eat better food at better restaurants. I would rather wear attractive clothes instead of hiding in loose garments.
Make a list of all the things you want to do that you can’t do now, and as long as your brain is obsessing about the next sugar-sweet fix.Want to ski, dance, meet a special person, play with kids, go hiking, enjoy the beach. Life was not meant to be lived for food; food is supposed to support life–a great life.
There’s an old saying about people who either live to eat, or eat to live. I’ve made my decision. I now eat to live. Even if that means I’m the oddball, eccentric, health-nut, or any other thing people might throw my way. Words can’t hurt me nearly as much as sweet can. Besides, I don’t mind being special; being the person who goes against the old Conventional Wisdom (which is in fact the new foolishness).
I have no desire to convert anyone who doesn’t want to be on this path with me. But for those who have struggled desperately with sugar-sweet-carb craviings,who know they are sugaraholics, there is a healthy and safe path to freedom: Give up the sweet.
Until next time,
I’ve been avoiding sugars and grains for about a month now. Not feeling deprived at all. I do have the occasional sweet or grain item, just once in a while in a “I really want that, so I’ll have it” way, rather than as a habit. I believe that absolutism about a dietary change can lead to relapse and binges and that allowing a desired treat can help. I’ve found that such treats just aren’t as appealing–in fact, today I happily turned down a donut because it just didn’t sound good to me.
Love you blog, just found it via a link on Mark’s Daily Apple
Glad you are finding your own way to handle sugars, grains. There is no doubt that people have varying levels of sensitivity. I think if one experiences serious reactions to even small amounts, then they have to work with that; but happily most people don’t have to be so rigid. Hope you keep doing well!