Eliminating Sugar: Removing The Addiction To Sweets

Cinnamon Zucchini Cake with simple icing

I never thought of myself as being addicted to sugar. I could limit my sugar intake and only give in to sweets every once in a while. I didn’t overdo it or binge on desserts every day. But that wasn’t true.

There were times when my husband would make a pan of brownies with my daughter and between the family we’d have them polished off by the end of the night. Or when we’d make cookies or other sweets. Same results. No impulse control. And of course those sweets were washed down by large glasses of milk.

When I think past the calories consumed and look at the sheer amount of sugar I was consuming I am just amazed. No wonder I felt sluggish. No wonder I lacked energy by the end of the day and needed caffeine in the afternoon to keep me going. I was addicted. And sugar was in everything I consumed.

Now that I’ve been working on eating a low carb high fat diet I’ve been able to cut out the sugar. But the cravings. Oh the cravings.

And I’ve come to realize that I may need to also watch my artificial sweetener intake as well to break myself from the cravings. I’ve heard over and over again how bad artificial sweeteners are. About how people who consume them usually consume more calories than people who just eat natural sugar.

So as of yesterday I’ve started to cut out the artificial sweeteners as well. I want to break my addiction. I want to make the changes. I want to become healthier.

Do you use artificial sweeteners? Does it affect your sugar cravings?

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