2 years since I cut sugar from my diet. Honestly, it has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I obviously cut it out for health reasons because I have a bile problem. In the process, I found out that my acid (gastric acid) level was not making it any easier for me. Life changing.
My lips would remain dry even after moisturizing them with a generous amount of lip balm. Having a huge appetite was not ideal as every two hours or so I’d fall hungry even after stuffing myself just a minute ago. My digestive system was a mess.
I used to easily finish a slab or two of chocolate in 2 days. Stock up on sweets and biscuits and cold drinks. Have my Oros half diluted – I would legit fill half a glass with Oros and fill the other half with ice and water on a daily. I used to binge on Nesquick the strawberry flavoured one and just eat it without mixing it with milk. My cereal would soak in sugar, I wouldn’t eat the cereal if I couldn’t feel crunchiness of the sugar.
I hated how much I had to detox on a regular. Up until a visit to our family doctor and asked about why I constantly have to flush my system. She advised me against it, took a few tests, one being the acid level test because she wanted to monitor it. Turns out I have a high acid level which caused all the toxins in my body and the sugar intake was just skyrocketing it.
I went from taking 3 teaspoons of sugar to zero in a month. That drastic diet change saved my life.
Benefits of reducing sugar intake:
Reducing sugar intake and weight loss
Ever noticed how cutting junk from your meals results in shedding of all the unnecessary weight? Well, food and drinks high in sugar tend to be higher in calories without the nutritional benefits that fill you up and give your body fuel it can use.
Reducing sugar intake can lead to improved mental health and mood
Reducing sugar can help minimize symptoms of mental health conditions, boost your energy and improve your resilience to stress.
Avoid sugar for clearer skin
Choosing a variety of nourishing foods and drinking plenty of water will help you to look and feel more fresh and vibrant.
Less sugar, healthy teeth
The naturally-occurring bacteria in your mouth thrives on sugar. When sugar from food and drinks end up on the surface of your teeth, the bacteria uses the sugar as energy to grow.
Better digestion by cutting down
When your blood sugar surges, the stomach becomes a toxic place that can cause you discomfort.
Care for your heart
High levels of fatty acids increase your risk of developing heart diseases and stroke, so reducing your sugar intake may help protect your from cardiovascular problems later in life.
Healthier brain function
Sugar may also increase inflammatory stress on the brain and interfere with brain waves, making it harder to think clearly.
It all started off with cutting down the number of teaspoons of sugar I take in my cereal and my tea, to how I mixing my Oros and now a few years later, I don’t even drink fizzy drinks let alone eat chocolate.
Today as I write this post, I haven’t had sugar in 2 full years. Okay, I’m lying I do have a few snacks here and there, but I always shy away from anything sweet. My teeth cringe every time I have to eat something sweet.
What’s the one thing you cut off from your diet or life that turned into the best lifestyle choice you have ever made?