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Sugar Free Freedom

Hello!! How are you? It has been a while hasn’t it?!

I hope you are well and enjoying life.

My last post was about lent and that I had decided to give up sugar.  Here is a bit of an update for you.

It’s been 23 days since I started my refined sugar free journey, it has been very interesting and and quite different to how I imagined.  Firstly I thought it would be much harder than it has been from the addiction point of view.  I expected to really struggle when others were eating chocolate and biscuits around me but I haven’t at all.  I did however walk into my mums house last Sunday feeling rather hungry walked straight over to some cake on the side and took a big bite!  I realised instantly and spat it in the bin (sorry if that was TMI but didn’t know how else to explain).  Just shows how hard it is to break the habbit of a lifetime, even on a sub conscience level.

Like with any kind of addiction there is an element of withdrawal which I thought would be harsh to start with headaches and tiredness.  What I actually experienced was ‘not a lot’ to start with, other than having to think about what to eat and what not to eat.  I think for me that is the hardest part of any change in diet.  As time went on I started to notice I was still very tired and didn’t seem to be benefitting from the change and the headaches started to come.  The headaches haven’t been too bad just in the background on and off and they seem to have given up now.

This week has been a bit of a turning point as 4 out of the 5 mornings I have woken up feeling ready to start the day.  This for me is absolutely huge!  Most of my life I have struggled with tiredness and have been down all kinds of paths trying to find out what the root cause is.  I’m not saying that it is all the fault of sugar or that there are no other contributing factors but I do believe that sugar may well be part of the bigger picture.

Giving up refined sugar has started me on even more of a journey to get well both physically and mentally.  There are so many studies about the harm that sugar does to our bodies but the way we eat in general is so important to our overall health, not just what we see i.e weight.  I have struggled for my whole adult life with body image and finding my worth in the way I look.  If I was slim I felt acceptable and if I felt a bit overweight I didn’t really value myself.  This is a huge problem in the society that we live in and even though we have become so much more aware, there is still a long road to healing ourselves from this wrong thinking.  Sugar also plays a part in mental health issues, something I would like to do some more research on.

Something feels like it has shifted in my thinking and I am so keen to become the best, healthiest version of myself and encourage as many people along the way as I can.  In these few weeks I have stopped obsessing over how much I have eaten, how many calories are in things and if I have put on or lost half lb!  What I have done is added lots of things to my diet with a lot of encouragement from an amazing lady that I have been introduced to via the internet called Kezia Hall at https://supernaturallyhealthy.org/ her whole outlook on health is brilliant.  I have completely done away with half fat , fat free, no added sugar stuff, its all code for ‘a whole load of other rubbish has been added’!  I am basically eating far more fruit and veg, trying to eat less bread (having said that I have eaten quite a lot this week and that’s fine) and being aware that I need more protein and basically enjoying what I am eating, especially some butter-yum!  As an encouragement to you if you don’t LOVE raw spinach and kale as some people seem to (not me 🤢) I have been getting them by way of green smoothies and I promise you they taste great!

This is probably the most free I have ever felt, but that is not to say that I am just breezing it and haven’t had any negative thoughts,  just felt more powerful to say no to more of the negative thoughts.  Lifestyle changes do not happen overnight, it’s a daily choice and if I have a bad day that’s fine it doesn’t define success or failure.  I think the main reason I am finding it so much easier than I have in the past is that I have always done it with the sole purpose of trying to be as slim as possible and get back to the weight I was at the age of 20 before I had any children!!  That is just not realistic, it is possible, but not realistic.  If I made that my sole focus I could.  I don’t know about you but that won’t cut it for me, life is for the living.

I hope you have found this insightful and that maybe it’s made you consider at least some lifestyle changes.  If you would like some brilliant encouragement I would recommend visiting Kezias website (link above).  I would as always love to hear from you.

Wishing all you awesome Mummys a very happy Mothers day for Sunday and a fabulous weekend to you all!

 

Much love

Kate x

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12 Comments

  • Reply SY March 24, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Kate!

    I have given up most sugar recently too. My reason is Type 2 Diabetes. My diagnosis came in December and I started reading about it and I am “mediterraneanising” my diet. Nuts, seeds, veggies, a few fruits, lots of pulses and beans, not a lot of breads… it wasn’t easy to change for me either… but I have already seen amazing results which are keeping me going. I won’t be resting on my laurels! Enjoy the rest of Lent…. your Easter gift is a new healthy habit!! xx

    • Reply Kate March 24, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Sy I did see something about your diagnosis. I’m so pleased to hear that you are doing so well. Are you feeling more well? I feel really exciting about these changes. Take care x

    • Reply Angela Kent March 25, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Hi Kate, really enjoyed reading your blog. You have inspired me to stop taking sugar in my tea. I know it’s only a small thing, but for someone who’s taken sugar all her life ot’s a big thing. I’m in my 5th week of it. And do you know, tea tastes much nicer without sugar! I am hoping to go sugar free eventually, but one step at a time! Also, i went to a healthly eating group run by Medway Council last December, & the lady there echoed what you said about fat free food. Just to encourage you. God Bless. Xx

      • Reply Kate March 28, 2017 at 8:47 am

        Thank you so much Angela really appreciate your encouragement and giving up sugar in your tea is a massive achievement well done! I gave up sugar in my coffee nearly a year ago and it was really hard to start with but obviously it was a step in the right direction for where I am now. Take care xxx

  • Reply Shell March 24, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Fantastic blog Kate, cheers for that as it’s was very helpful.
    I have just joined Avenue Tennis, not for the tennis! but something for me to do that will benefit my body to get stronger and fitter. Similar to you, I am very realistic in how I want my body to be! and certainly know that even with all the fantastic machines and the Pilates classes, that I won’t be the size I was when I was 20! I am happy with myself now and I don’t care what the “sad step” tells me I weigh, but I know by my clothes and how I feel whether it is working or not, so I am excited to be starting that on the 31st March and looking forward to chilling in the spa as well. I haven’t had a good week with sugar and bread either as I have been a lady who lunches this week and been entertaining girlfriends too much to worry! But next week will be the start of a new me👍👍 watch this space. Happy Mothers Day to you too love 👍👍🌺💐🌷

    • Reply Kate March 24, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks Shell so glad to hear you found it helpful. That sounds really exciting about Avenue Tennis, especially the bit about the spa! I’m going to be ditching the scales and like you just going by how I feel. You can be feeling really good about yourself and if the scales don’t agree it can put you on a real downer so best to not bother and just be kind to your body with what you put in it. Loads of love xxx

  • Reply Anonymous March 24, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Great read Kate. I have given up many times and gradually its crept back in. Im about to go on a cleanse and expect to struggle with no sugar or caffeine but Im so glad to hear how its changed your perspective. Will you keep going after Lent?

    • Reply Kate March 24, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      Yes I meant to mention that it is my intention to stay sugar free. One of the things that I am loving the most is that I don’t have that constant hankering for something sweet, it’s so freeing. It’s also helping me to make and bake nice things if wanted or needed x

  • Reply Vic March 25, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Wow you’ve inspired me – I’m going to try giving up the sugar too , for me it’s biscuits and chocolate and snacks . I’m excited to try ..
    Happy Mother’s Day Kate 💕

    • Reply Kate March 28, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Gosh that’s brilliant Vic! I’m amazed at how many people are going to give this a go. Like I just said to Jayne remember to be kind to yourself and this is a marathon not a sprint. Happy Mother’s Day to you beautiful xxx

  • Reply J March 25, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Hi Kate
    Thanks for sharing..I have given up sugar just recently. I still find I sometimes long for just a little bit of sugar in my tea but don’t give in and am keen for this to be over. I’ve been doing this about three weeks, and like you haven’t really noticed changes yet. Thankfully haven’t had any side effects either.
    Again, like you, I have found my thinking has changed and I am experiencing a new freedom. I am looking at eating better, cutting down on processed food, and investigating dairy & gluten free food. For years I have considered all this just ‘fad’ but now can see the reality behind it.
    Looking forward to being healthier, lighter and again like you, less tired and am convinced this new path will be the answer.

    • Reply Kate March 28, 2017 at 8:50 am

      That’s fantastic Jane! One word of encouragement don’t try to do too much too soon and remember to be kind to yourself, it’s a marathon not a sprint as they say. One thing I have started to see a bit of is not finding it quite so hard to get up in the mornings which is wonderful. Looking forward to hearing more about your journey and again, well done xxxx

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