I just wanted to take a moment and quickly make a point.
Just because it’s “something free” does not mean that it’s healthy. For all my fellow food addicts – and everyone else – please realise that when you’re abstaining from sugar, replacing it with the sugar free option is not going to help your recovery. Even if it’s zero calories you need to remember this is not about weight, it’s about health.
Take a minute to think about what goes into said sugar free items, because they’re still sweet aren’t they? Take for example Diet Coke:
See that third one, Aspartame, that’s your sugar replacement, that’s what makes it sweet, but it also does so much more.
Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death. A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as part of aspartame dangers are:
Dizziness Seizures Nausea Numbness Muscle spasms Weight gain Rashes Depression Fatigue Irritability Tachycardia Insomnia Vision problems Hearing loss Heart palpitations Breathing difficulties Anxiety attacks Slurred speech Loss of taste Tinnitus Vertigo Memory loss Joint pain
So really there is no better option. Sugar is awful, sugar replacements are awful, just don’t do it.
The same goes for fat free – it tastes just as good and that comes from nasty chemicals. Do you really want that in your body? Of course when it comes to fat free it’s a little easier than sugar, just eat less of the natural full fat option, it’s much better for you.
I know that kicking sugar is the hardest part of food addiction recovery, and I won’t lie, I have tried and failed many times – but I’ve decided that I’m starting with my main daemon, gluten – but I can offer this advice, and please please please take it; don’t opt for sugar free, it won’t help.
They say it takes 21 days to break a habit, so spend a month – yes a whole 30 days just for good measure – with no sugar or substitutes. That means no honey, no maple syrup, no nothing. Bar fruit there will be no sweetness in your life. Even then, fruit should be limited to a little in the morning. After that you can start using natural sweeteners, avoid any Sweet ‘n Low type things and make smart choices. Don’t put syrups in your coffee – if you don’t like the taste of it on it’s own, drink tea. Don’t put sugar on your cereal (actually it’s probably a good idea to not eat cereal anyway) and throw away all your soft drinks – drink water, you probably don’t do that enough and always read the label.