Good Ol’ January, Or, How I Am Kicking Sugar

Good Ol’ January, Or, How I Am Kicking Sugar

The above image is the most recent cake I baked and decorated. My role in the family is the dessert baker, because I’m pretty good at it, but mostly because I care about eating delicious things made from real butter and organic ingredients and fresh fruit and, well, lots of sugar. This was my sister-in-law’s 40th birthday cake for her “everlasting inner child.” I’m pretty proud of it.

I could say that chocolate has been my only real addiction throughout life, but if I’m really honest, it’s the sugar I’ve been addicted to. Sugar is addictive. And I just recently decided to admit this truth and change my sugar-eating behavior.

It must be no coincidence that it’s January when I’m doing this, right? Right. But here I am, doing a sugar elimination diet. Cliches of all cliches, I suppose. No news there.

I won’t waste your time or having you thinking I’m about to convince you to do this yourself.

I’ll just say this: Wow, it has changed my life to not eat sugar.

The first few days were hard. I wasn’t chewing on the furniture or lashing out, but I was thinking about eating sweet things ALL THE TIME. It got better, like everyone says it would. But what surprised me is that within one week, I actually didn’t really want sweet things any more.

Yesterday I had one macaroon. And 10 minutes later I felt high. No joke. About an hour later, I felt irritable and snappy and all I could think about was wanting to brush my teeth. No joke. I had a sugar crash from ONE freakin’ macaroon. And when it was all over, I realized that I’d been more settled, calm, patient, even-keeled, and deliberate in my actions over the last 3 days than usual.

And I had my answer: no sugar made me a better version of myself.

I’m sold.

And as for my role as dessert maker? I’ll probably just endure/enjoy the sugar roller coaster/delight about 12 times a year. Because that’s how many people’s birthdays I get to bake for.

At least, that’s my new goal. Because, I have certainly had enough sugar for one lifetime already.

  • Heidi B.

    well, you posted your goal publicly…… that’s gotta hold some weight in the “staying on this new sugar free track” area. Cheers to the best version of yourself!

    • Amelia McGinley

      Still holding firm on the goal. It’s easier and easier, too. Thanks for the support!

  • Keith Long

    I too, am a sugar addict and am trying the elimination diet over the next two weeks. My wife and I tried a few weeks ago and then really fell off the wagon after Christmas while we were moving (and only had tins upon tins of Christmas cookies to eat…) Your post has affirmed for me that its time to try again. Thanks!

    • Amelia McGinley

      Hope it’s going well for you again this time around!