Sunday, February 5, 2012
Sugar Free Me: Moderation is Key
Well, after a week of trying to reduce my sugar intake, I'm happy to report that I have been very successful. Does that mean that I completely eliminated sugar from my diet? Nope! Instead, I spent the majority of the week avoiding sugar-laden treats, but I did let myself indulge two times when I really wanted to. One night, Paul and I took the kids out for frozen yogurt, which is one of my favorite treats. It was a fun family outing, and I didn't want to miss out, so I had a cup with some fruit on top and I enjoyed every bite. Tonight, we had a potluck get together at a friend's house and there were some delicious desserts there. I knew I could say no and not eat them, but I decided that it was a worthy indulgence. I enjoyed every bite. So, during the week, I ate sugar three times (counting the first day). Do I consider that a failure? Not at all! I drastically reduced the amount of sugar I normally eat. I was able to get through most days without grabbing a sweet snack or mindlessly snacking on mini candy bars. I didn't go to bed each night having consumed countless handfuls of chocolate chips. Overall, it was a great week. What I found was that I do best when I allow myself some leeway. If I deny myself completely and think that I'm never going to be able to eat a sweet snack again, I just want it more. But, by being mindful of the amount of sugar I consume and intentionally choosing to eat it only when I really want it, I was able to reduce my intake significantly. Once again, I have learned that moderation is key.