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Mar. 16, 2011 11:20 am 
Updated: Mar. 18, 2011 9:40 am
Yes, I've gone sugarless.  I haven't had any sugary treats for 50 days.  My commitment is 60 days, but I'm going to continue right on through lent.  By the time I'm done, I'll be sugarless for 90 days.  You know what?  I haven't missed it.  I eat a lot of berries and that satisfies that desire for sugar without so many calories.  The wonderful thing is that I've lost 10 lbs!  I didn't do anything extra either.  I just quit eating sugar.  I'd love to be 50 lbs lighter by my 50th birthday in July, so here's to hoping the downward spiral continues.  Here's what to expect if you try something similar:

1.  the first 5 days were VERY difficult.
2.  after that I only had bouts with temptation every 3 or 4 days for the first 20 days.
3.  Not tempted at all after that
4.  I feel better about myself
5.  I'm willing to try new things.
6.  I have more energy.
7.  Now, after 50 days, I miss baking.  I don't miss the eating so much, but the smell and the pleasure of baking.
8.  I found out that I don't need sugar as much as I thought I did--even Valentines Day was easy.
9.  What was difficult was other people who want you to enjoy what they have baked, bought or got to try.  Their intentions are good, so are yours. 

After lent, I intend to have sugar in those cases in small doses:  a sliver of birthday cake, a bite of cookie.  You get the idea.  I'm going to have to start baking for others though.  I do miss that.  If you're considering this, you can do it!  You're not alone.
Mar. 16, 2011 12:49 pm
Congratulations! That is great. That's a hard addiction to overcome..
Mar. 16, 2011 1:19 pm
I wish you the best. I fight this fight every day. It's very hard--I hope you are able to keep on with it. Good luck.
Mar. 16, 2011 5:47 pm
I have read tha to some people sugar is just as addictive as heroin. Good job cutting it out. I really need to cut back too on the number of sweets I bake. I almost always half the amount of sugar a recipe calls for and in most cases it isn't misssed. Now I need to half the number of recipes, LOL!
Mar. 16, 2011 6:32 pm
Thanks for all the encouragement. It's been a good road for me to go down and like any addict, giving it up cold turkey was the best way to go for me. I thought about baking for senior citizens homes and such, that way I can still bake without having to eat anything. :)
Mar. 16, 2011 8:16 pm
Congrats! I assume you mean any artificial sugar? What about sugar in bread, pasta, etc? Very curious as to what you have cut out! I say I don't have a sweet tooth but I LIE! Love little chocolates & ice cream but really don't indulge that much, unless I make something!
Mar. 17, 2011 2:35 pm
I eat foods that have a small amount of sugar. I even put a small amount of sugar in my spaghetti sauce to cut the acidic taste, but I don't use sugar on anything, nor do I eat sugary foods. I use artificial sweetener only occasionally as I think they make me crave the real thing. So, no sugar free cookies, puddings, jello etc. I do occasionally use sugar free jelly on toast in the morning, but that is rare.
Mar. 17, 2011 2:46 pm
Congratulations Jackie! A few years ago I used to give up what I called the "Deadly C's" for Lent. They included chocolate, cookies, cakes, candies and cussing. I think cussing was and still is my hardest LOL. But it now developed into all desserts. No ice cream, pudding, NOTHING! UGHHHHH!!! Last year by the end of Lent I had lost weight and was feeling pretty good. But then I took a nosedive into an Easter basket and didn't emerge until this year's Lent. It is very difficult but not impossible. I too hope that this year my lenten habits can continue past Easter. It's difficult when you bake (even for others). I have to bake several times a month for my charity group meetings and events. The trick is to get it out of the house once it's baked and don't take any leftovers home HA! HA!
Mar. 18, 2011 9:40 am
That's hilarious! Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely put it to good use. :)
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