What Sugar Free Has Done For Me

If you aren’t interested in losing weight or don’t have the energy to go through the effort, what is the motivation behind a sugar free lifestyle?

It has been 2 months since I started following Thorbjörg’s 10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks. Though it seems that diet trends are led by and focused at women, healthy choices, sugar free living, exercise and Thorbjörg, benefit both men and women, young and old.

This is what being sugar free has done for me:

Avoiding Self Labels

Many foods are proclaimed to be raw, vegan, gluten, sugar, caffeine, etc free. The words “sugar-free” or any of those, can be volatile. While these labels are becoming more common, I think they might deter the interest a lot of men. Most guys just want bigger muscles, more protein, or to maintain their size. For the record, men: sugar free does not necessarily mean weight loss or muscle shrinkage.

Instead of using labels to define yourself, focus on living. Having a balanced life, a Scandinavian trait, is an important component to a happier life. Despite the great pleasure I once took in labeling myself a vegetarian or yogi, I actually have not really shared with many that I have gone sugar free. I suppose it comes from the place that if it were to be taken from me, I wouldn’t want to suffer a loss from having attached so much of it to my identity.

If you choose to share with others that you are anything-free, do not let it define you. Labels will not make you a better or more attractive person, this happens only by the way you live your life.

Sugar Free Living lifestyle nutrition

Read the labels of what you eat and you will be surprised at how much sugar is included.

Reading Labels

Though I want to avoid labeling myself as anything, I now have the habit of reading all the labels on food. This might seem imbalanced, but I think I was a bit out of balance before with all the sugar I was consuming. The scary thing? Sugar is in a lot more items than I ever imagined.

Thorbjörg and I are not 100% Sugar Free

Thorbjörg does eat sugar. Of course, it is mostly in the natural form through fruit, but she loves ice cream and indulges a couple times a month in a real dessert. Thorbjörg strives to live a balanced life. In other words, being sugar free does not mean you become lifeless. She is most certainly the least dull person I have ever met.

**If you are presently struggling with going sugar free, complete elimination of it in the house is essential. Sometimes it is not easy to distinguish how addicted you might be until it becomes completely unavailable.**

I have not been 100% percent sugar free this entire time either. This has been mostly because I have eaten white rice when I have eaten out. Truthfully, I still love sugar, I just don’t crave it anymore.

berries healthy nutrition

Berries are a great way to satiate your sweet tooth without adding too many extra calories or carbs.

To compensate for sweets, I have been eating berries and watermelon. Berries are a good alternative because of their high water content, as well as being lower in sugar than other fruits (plus they can reduce your chance of cancer!). My favourite thing is 100% dark chocolate.

I LOVE Fat!

Going sugar-free has forced me to satiate my cravings in other ways. Did you know if you eat more fat, you’ll crave less sugar and carbs? The combination of healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil combined with reducing sugar has helped me sleep better and wake up rested.

INcrease In Flexibility

I’m not sure if I’ve become more flexible because of summer or if it is an effect of eliminating gluten and sugar. Either way, regardless of waking up feeling a little stiff, I have found that once I have started doing yoga, things have started shifting and opening easier than ever before.

Sugar Free Living

Not that it is necessary to put your leg behind your head, but being sugar free has increased my flexibility.

Balance

Going sugar free has freed up my life in other ways. My jeans, for one, are fitting better around my waist. Either way, I am trying to maintain balance as best as possible. I have allowed myself to indulge once in awhile. I had thought I would be missing bread and ice cream, but I am enjoying not craving it every time I see it. Seems I’ll be sticking with “sugar free” for longer than I thought.

Why is too much sugar a bad thing? It will prevent you from getting the physique you want.

If you care less about your physique, think about this:

  • Refined sugar influences mood swings
  • Sugar is full of empty calories making you hungrier sooner
  • If you are prone to headaches or migraines, sugar and gluten might the reason why.
  • Women: if you have bad PMS, avoid sugar for a month and see if those symptoms lessen or dissipate entirely.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by being sugar free for a few days or weeks. For a complete guide, to starting your sugar free lifestyle, check out Thorbjörg’s 10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks.


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Tiffany Lee
20 Jun 2014

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