Tuesday, 27 June 2017

here we go again

After having announced publicly not only once but twice that I quit sweet treats, I feel pretty silly to say it a third time; I'm quitting sweet treats, again.

The last two rounds taught me a couple of lessons though. I'm an emotional eater. I already knew this, but the intense busyness of the last months reminded me of it again and again. Chocolate, ice cream and pastries kept me motivated for yet another long evening of work, yet another weekend of work, yet another task to overcome. Which leads me to the second important thing that I learnt; banning a motivating factor in mid stream is totally fruitless, obviously.

The coming school year will be just as busy as the last; I'm still in a full time position as a middle school teacher in addition to being a part time student. I need that my motivation for work comes from something other than sugar, sugar and sugar. I need the help of a well fuelled, energetic body that craves vegetables and vitamins.

My first round of quitting sweet treats was the most successful. It lasted three months, with the result of my sweets cravings being gone and my body feeling so much better than it had for ages. The key to the success was that I started the project during my summer vacation. Like I mentioned in this post, I find that it's easier to start a project like this when I'm in a situation that is not everyday life at home. Hence it's the perfect time to embark on yet another round of project sweet treats.

Those things that I wrote in the first post about the project still applies:

I don't do this to diet. I do it to feel good.

I have a huge sweet thooth and close to zero self-control. I suck at doing the sweets only on Saturdays thing. For me it works better to go cold turkey. I do allow sweet spreads like honey and jam, and all kinds of fruit, of course. And the occational piece of birthday cake or other kind of treat in extra special occations. I'm not a complete fanatic!

It's not about quitting sugar completely; it's about quitting the massive amounts of chocolate, ice cream and pastries that I stuff myself with. It's about trying to keep my blood sugar level more balanced and that way trying to avoid the sugar hangover headaches, plus the grumpiness and short-temperedness that too much sugar give me.

It's about appreciating the sweet taste of cherry tomatoes, a juicy orange and (almost too) sweet dates instead of constantly longing for the next bar of chocolate or box of Mövenpick chocolate ice cream. It's about drinking a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime instead of diving into the candy bowl once the kids are in bed.

In short; it's about cutting back on the things that make my body feel bad and adding things that make my body feel glad. Less sweets, more vegetables!

Hands up if you are ready to join me (again)!


  1. I managed a couple of months of no sugar but it crept back in. My downfall is when I am not prepared in advance and find myself hungry and tired while at work. If I can prepare snacks and be organised it is much easier. x

  2. I quit with sweets in January (lost 5 kg). On easy way. I just decidet to stop eat sweets. Now I sometimes take some natural ice cream or some chocholate but not so often. It is great. But before I was junkie.
    Keep going 👍👍🙌🙌.

  3. http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/chamomile-turmeric-evening-tea/
    this is my craving even in summer
    all thumbs up
    you can do it
    lg birgit

  4. You can do it for sure!!! :)

  5. What you are doing is great! It doesn't matter if you fall back on eating sugary stuff, what matters are those times when you make an effort to feel good and happy in your body. I believe that shows how much you care about yourself & that's really good in a society that pushes you to consume until you drop.

    I have always had the same problem with sugary foods and when I went a whole year wihtout almost none of the standard sugary food entering my system it had a major effect on me, both physically and mentally. But for me some huge life changes that lead to depression really changed my priorities to the worse. And it's just been really hard to get back on track after that even though things are better now. It's A LOT about habits. Habits a malleable but not without effort.

    I think it's strange that it's so easy to eat bad when in fact the body and mind feels SO much better from choosing other options. One thing that helped me is this blog: http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/ It's so great, and really focuses on nutrition dense sweet options that also taste good. If you have the time and possibility, I'd give some of those recipes a go! When I eat these kinds of sweets, I get the nutrition needed to make me full which also prevents that super uncomfortable sugar shock. Some people just have a bigger sweet tooth and I don't think eliminating sweets when you love them is even a good idea because food (according to me) should really be about enjoyment and good times. But over eating cane sugar really prevents me from even tasting the different varieties of sweets that's out there, and makes a perfectly ripe peach seem lacking when it's actually the best thing in the world. It's weird & doesn't feel good at all. Food is more enjoyable when you can really taste it. I also love something as simple as a banana smoothie with oat milk and cinnamon, it's so simple but really satisfying and sweet! And cinnamon is good for stabilizing blood sugar.

    Sorry for the rambling, but this post really inspired me to make an effort again, and I just wanted to let you know you're not alone in falling back in old ways. I think anyway life is full of ups and downs, back and forths, business, and it's not really healthy to think that everything eventually will end in a perfect point where you have everything solved? It's just not realistic. Being in the moment and choosing the best option and trying you're best should be enough!



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