Diet shapes our lives. What you eat and whether you enjoy it is determined in early childhood - yes, even in the womb you are shaped by what the expectant mothers eat. You associate food with certain emotions and so the memory of mom's stew can put a smile on your face when you feel bad because you are lonely. Or not. There are also those eaters who consider food intake purely functional and only eat because they have to.
Be that as it may, and whatever type you consider yourself to be, these habits are so deeply anchored that changing them takes an incredible amount of strength. There are enough behavioral psychologists out there who say that eating habits can never be anchored permanently. Temporarily and under controlled conditions, yes, but not forever or only with a lot of willpower.
Therefore everyone has to find their own way. Just as it fits into your lifestyle. Something that you can do permanently without being a slave to your discipline. And what is good for you, even if it (still) contradicts common conventions.
I am reporting here from my path. This can only be an example and of course does not claim to be general. It took me a long time to decide that for myself and to anchor it in my everyday life. I live sugar-free and you can say in the truest sense of the word. I not only avoid refined granulated sugar, but also all sweeteners and sugar substitutes, such as stevia or xylitol or whatever they are called. In the meantime I have severely restricted my fruit consumption myself.
But why only? Isn't that too much of a good thing?
To many, my diet will seem radical. And of course you don't have to do it in this form, there are different options: The most common is to forego added sugar and still allow natural sugar sources. Then there is the so-called 5% rule, which says that no more than 5 grams of sugar per 100 grams of food (2,5 grams for drinks) may be contained. This usually applies to foods to which no additional sugar has been added.
With these "rules" you can start to deal with the topic and then gradually get to your own way. Just how it best suits you and your own everyday life.
I live so radically sugar-free in everyday life because I no longer miss sweets and I have more advantages for myself not to eat cake or chocolate or even fruit.
First and foremost, freedom from pain: my edema no longer hurts.
Then of course weight loss, including legs and arms, although in fact I am consuming a lot more calories than I ever did. So I'm not hungry and certainly not hungry. In addition, my skin is more beautiful, firmer and yes, even less wrinkle-free.
That's all well and good, but really now? Run out of sugar?
Yes, at least in everyday life. In the meantime I have found a way to deviate with pleasure every now and then with a clear conscience. To consume sugar like alcohol, less often and then consciously and with pleasure. To study without a guilty conscience and without lists of ingredients. For example, when I go out to dinner with my husband, I don't want to miss out on dessert. Why also?
Sugar-free in everyday life - how does it work?
Since I have always cooked myself and take a very critical view of processed foods and only use them in exceptional cases, it was not difficult to do without sugar. I make and cook everything myself - sometimes yogurt made from coconut milk. But you have to prepare a lot and spend more time in the kitchen and planning meals. That must be fun. Routines helped me with this.
It may also be because I never have one Sugarholic was and the cold turkey So the cold withdrawal from sugar was not so severe. But I have always eaten a lot of carbohydrates (including simple ... white flour and so on) and I enjoyed eating. I have often said “Without a pretzel, without me!” The occasional beer garden pretzel is all the more pleasing to the heart.
What about the family?
Of course, she can still eat sugar. I am not the dictator who will now read all ingredient lists meticulously or refuse my children muffins. Or even denouncing sugar consumption at parents' evenings in kindergarten. No, everyone can and should find their way.
I was able to establish this new diet for myself, and living sugar-free works very well for me. I am no longer hungry because I can eat enough and also consume significantly more calories than in sugar times. That gives energy for everyday life and my weight is slowly but steadily reducing.
... and I'm no longer afraid of fat.