Over the past 7 months, I have lost 30 pounds by cutting out grains from my diet, decreasing my refined sugar intake and increasing my vegetable consumption. The diet goes by the name Paleo although I am not a hard-core Paleo advocate. My diet more closely follows The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. I consume raw cream and a teaspoon of sugar in my coffee. I have a handful of chocolate chips sometimes. I eat cheese sometimes.
Anyway, last weekend we celebrated my oldest son’s 8th birthday and we bought cupcakes for the party. I didn’t have one. I was a little tempted because they did look and smell good. Honestly, I very rarely cheat because I love the foods that are allowed on this eating plan. And, by cheat, I mean eat pasta or bread or candy — okay, yes, chocolate chips come close to candy 😉 The next day there were 5 cupcakes left — one for each member of the family. I decided to have one as an experiment — I’m serious. I wanted to see how my taste buds and body reacted to a cupcake. I enjoyed the cupcake but it didn’t knock me off the wagon. I told my husband that if someone offered me a cupcake tomorrow that I could easily decline it. What a victory! I have come to the conclusion that I have conquered my sugar addiction. My taste buds do not crave lots of sugar anymore. I really do enjoy all of the tasty vegetables, herbs, eggs, grass-fed meat and spices that I eat everyday. I have displaced the nutritionally-inferior foods of my past (grains and sugar) with nutritionally-superior foods and I can’t imagine ever going back.
As I’ve stated in a previous post about why I love this diet, I failed to stay on the Atkins diet 10 years ago because I didn’t address a root problem of mine — my sweet tooth. On Atkins, I consumed a lot of artificially sweetened shakes, bars, and candy.
Have you conquered a sugar addiction? Have you had a weight loss success?
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