I’m Breaking Up with Sugar

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Over the last year, I have lost and gained the same 10 pounds more than once. It’s kind of the story of my life.

  • Get healthy, eat better, exercise more.
  • Get bored and slip back into old bad habits.
  • Eat crap and be sedentary.
  • Decide it’s time for a change.
  • Lather, rinse, repeat.

While obesity is certainly an epidemic in this country, it’s really not in my family. My immediate family tends to be pretty fit in spite of sometimes less than stellar eating habits. A host of health issues exacerbated by weight can be found lurking in my genetic pool, however, so it’s important that I get my weight under control sooner rather than later.

Next week, I will be joining 40 other women in the Let’s Get Physical weight loss/fitness challenge hosted by my friend, Wendy. This  is similar to the challenge I started back in May except that I intend to see this one through the full 8 weeks. I only lasted 3 weeks the last time around.

To prepare for the challenge, I’ve been reading a TON about the paleo lifestyle which is something I’ve been interested in for a long time. Cutting out carbs has worked for me in the past, but I’ve never attempted anything as clean as paleo. This is the first time I’ve ever forced myself to do my homework before starting an eating plan. Usually, I jump in before getting all the information and figure out half way through that I’ve been doing it all wrong.

Since my eating and sugar addiction are completely out of control at the moment, I decided to start with Diane Sanfilippo’s 21 Day Sugar Detox.  Basically, I am committing to eating meat/fish, vegetables and healthy fats with a side of nuts and fruit. I’ll be eliminating dairy, grains, legumes and all other forms of sugar. Seems simple enough, right?

Assuming that the 21 days are a success, I will continue on with the paleo lifestyle. If it’s not, then I will obviously need to re-evaluate. I’m pretty confident it’s going to work, though, at least in the short term. Then the trick will be figuring out how to make it a lifestyle and not a diet, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Have you ever cut out sugar or tried paleo? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments.

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  1. I had to cut out an abundance of things for an allergy test once and it was much harder than I thought it would be. It’s amazing how many things are in so much of what we eat. Good luck!

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