Since I’ve cut down (NOT quit) my sugar intake I’ve had a few questions about how much I used to eat and how I’ve combatted the cravings so I’ve decided to combine this blog with another that I got a good response from – What I Eat In A Day. In this blog I detailed what I ate for each meal and snack and I thought it would be the simplest backdrop to explain how much sugar I used to eat.
NB: Imagine this day I’ve described as a cheat day, as I was still fairly conscious of my diet even when I was eating more sugar. But these ‘cheat’ days would be at least 3 or 4 times a week….
I’m one of those ‘out-of-sight-out-of-mind’ people – if there’s sweet things around, I can rarely ever resist. So keeping things out of your home is always a good place to start if you’re trying to cut back. I’m an early riser so on the days I had a free morning the first thing I would do would be find whatever sweet stuff was in the house and eat it, before breakfast, before even drinking a glass of water. This might be anything from a whole packet of biscuits, to a big bag of Maltesers or a big block of Dairy Milk.
I LOVE cereal and can pretty much eat a whole box in one go, think Cinnamon Grahams or Country Crisp, 2 or 3 bowls for breakfast. I’m a big snacker so I’d carry things like Eat Natural or Clif bars around with me to eat. My old office space had a LOT of cakes, biscuits and chocolate around and I would honestly think nothing of eating a big bag of Cadbury’s Buttons and 6 cookies around 11am, and then a cupcake or slice of cake and more biscuits later on in the afternoon (For anyone wondering, no I never feel sick. It’s a gift/curse).
I’d try and slow down for the rest of the day but by then the damage was long done. I always thank goodness I’m not a fizzy drink person or I’d be in even more trouble!
Cutting down has been a huge struggle so I applaud anyone who is even contemplating doing it themselves. The day to day is actually fairly manageable, but there will come a point after about 5 or 6 days where I’ll cave and have a bit of a binge. At the moment, I’m letting it happen – what I eat on these ‘cheat’ days is still a lot less than I would eat in a typical day before. Not punishing yourself is key to any kind of dietary adjustment – ultimately its just food and keeping things in perspective is important to your progress.
I’ve made a little list below of the things I snack on when I want something sugary – I hope they help you:
Nuts (pecans and cashews are sweet)
A piece of fruit
A few grapes
Carrots and cucumber
A few people have asked me why I’m not completely quitting sugar altogether and the answer is simple – I don’t want to. Life’s too short not to enjoy the things you love in moderation!