Hi guys, we’re finally at the end of my sugar free experiment and I thought I’d break it all down and tell you exactly how it’s been and what my future dietary plans are. I decided to leave it until a week in so I could give you a little indication of how my body handled it when I reintroduced sugar and whether I’ve been eating much of it.
So, did I cheat or slip up?
I slipped up twice again, in very similar ways to August. One day I forgot to read a label on a sauce bottle, the other time, it was crackers. As for cheating, I ate three squares of Bourneville on September 26th. Then hated myself for ‘breaking’ when I only had a few days left. But I got back on track afterward, so that’s all the added sugars I had in September.
How did I cope?
You may remember me saying in my September update that I found it incredibly hard to get back on track after I had a day off for the wedding I went to in August. I also had a day off on August 31st to get any cravings out of my system. Settling back in September was much easier. I think by that point ‘no sugar’ felt like my normal diet and there was no real transition.
I was very shocked by how little I wanted anything. Even when I ate that Bourneville, I don’t think I really wanted it. I wanted it because I knew I wasn’t supposed to be eating it, not because I had a tremendous craving for chocolate.
Which brings me on to my next point.
Sugar rush October?
No. Not really. In my absence from sugar, Magnum decided to release vegan ones with almond chunks in the chocolate. Almonds. You know, one of my favourite things? I did get some in the last week of September and ate it the second it hit midnight on Monday because I was desperate to try them. Other than that, I think the only sugar I’ve eaten so far this month was in a little Graze snack I picked up the other day. My sugar cravings have pretty much disappeared.
Remember in September I said that the changes element would be boring until I got that massive sugar high at the wedding? Well, this time it really is boring. Nothing happened when I stopped eating sugar and I didn’t really notice anything when I started again either. My weight didn’t change. Literally, nothing happened at all. I’m sure giving up sugar has to be healthier in some way, but I’ve noticed no physical changes at all.
As I said, I’m sure no sugar is good for me, even if I’m not seeing changes physically. And I’ve actually enjoyed some of the changes I’ve been making, so I’m going to keep them. My food delivery came yesterday and here are a few of the snacks I picked up. Nakd bars have always been a favourite, so they’re staying. I’ve loved getting Urban Fruit as a healthier alternative to sweets.
I’m also keeping the no added sugar yoghurt. Unless I need vanilla or a plain one for recipe purposes, the no added sugar mango is working well for me. And I loved the date syrup alternative I used in my last granola recipe, so I’ll be using that in things like oats and baking still. It’s so easy to make and it’s nice to know your sweetener is from fruit sugar rather than artificial.
I don’t feel like I need sugar in my day-to-day life. One thing that was incredibly frustrating was having to read every single label again and again. It was getting boring feeling so restricted in that sense and the difficulty in packing up snacks etc was frustrating. So, although I’m leaving the main sources of sugar out, the small sugars in sauces, crackers etc will be coming back into my diet for the sake of ease.
Obviously, now I’m no longer off sugar, recipes will be somewhat back to normal. Although since I’ve been playing around with a few alternatives, I do have some more no sugar/ low sugar recipes coming up including some seasonal bar bakes and cupcakes.
Are you surprised by these results? Did you expect more changes? I know I did! Let me know if there are any sugar free/ low sugar autumnal recipes you’d like to see.
Until next time,