It’s October, and that means it’s officially full on pumpkin season and the end of Sugar-Free September. Although I intended to celebrate with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, I had such a successful sugar-free experience that I’m planning to continue on with this low-sugar lifestyle.
I managed to avoid most added sugars, and definitely reduced my intake of those sneaky added sugars in products like cereal, bread, dressings and sauces. When I did indulge in some sugar, it was the obvious kind including desserts when I visited my friends in Ottawa, and at the wedding I went to this past weekend.
Looking back at the month, I ate added sugars only on 5 occasions, which is a huge accomplishment once you realize how many products have added sugars that many of us eat each day.
By avoiding added sugars during Sugar-Free September, I lost 5 pounds, fit back into my skinny jeans, and got through most of the month entirely craving free! Like last year, I definitely feel like abstaining from sugar has a big effect on my mood and energy. I found that I was having an easier time waking up, and hitting snooze less often. I also felt that I wasn’t experiencing many emotional ups and downs and felt consistently good all month despite quite a lot of stress at work and with the wedding.
I’m going to continue avoiding added sugars as much as possible. While I’m not aiming for 100% adherence, I’m going to continue checking labels at the grocery store, and avoiding products with added sugars. I think I’ll ease up on my Stevia ban though.
This year, with the wedding planning craziness, I didn’t have as much time to experiment with sugar-free recipes. Last year I made some fun ones like Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie and Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice “Nice” Cream, which I served up at Sugar-Free Thanksgiving.
This year I mostly stuck to the basics and avoided products with added sugars without trying to find sugar-free substitutes. While a lot of products contain added sugars, fortunately plenty of foods don’t, so I didn’t struggle with finding foods to eat. It just meant that I avoided most packaged, processed foods and stuck to the good stuff: lots of healthy veg, fruit and protein.
For more on quitting sugar, check out these links from around the web:
Quitting sugar for weight loss
Giving up sugar with the team up technique
Lots of sugar-free recipes
Tips from a sugar-addict
Sugar-free pumpkin recipes for fall
This blogger went sugar-free and loved it
An interview about quitting sugar
These people quit sugar
An e-book guide to going sugar-free in 5 weeks
Are you a serious sugar addict? There’s an inpatient program for that!