Quitting sugar: The final countdown and the big changes

Quitting sugar: The final countdown and the big changes
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This is the last week of my I Quit Sugar ("IQS") program, and while it has all seemed very anti-climactic, for me the results have been nothing short of astounding. I think after my father passed I had unconsciously given myself some sort of free pass to eat whatever I wanted and however much I wanted, and that included sweets — chocolate, ice cream, cookies, whatever baked goods I'd made for the week — nothing lasted more than a few hours or a few days in this house. I didn't really put two and two together until just now, but it's clear that the program came at the perfect time, because I was really starting to just inhale my food at dinner, and breakfast and lunch were always a blur. IQS has not only helped me make better choices about what sweets I eat and when and how much; it has also helped me be more intentional about what I cook, how I eat, how much I eat and when. I have had a complete pantry makeover; every time my blender or juicer has been hand washed I'm making green juice and every time my food processor is clean again I'm making some sort of paleo breakfast or dessert. Even though my 8 weeks of IQS will be up come Sunday, I'm pretty sure I'll continue to try out the rest of the recipes from the book alongside my trusty Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry, which turned out some great grain-free/dairy-free/refined sugar–free cookies and pancakes last week.

It's kind of like one big giant sigh of relief. I don't live for sugar any more. I don't have to depend on it for breakfast, snacks, in my coffee and after meals. I don't think about it as much, and thus I don't feel as much guilt about it when I do "indulge," because it's not as often — it's not constant. With the holidays coming up, I feel much more in control of how I'll be able to handle the incessant barrage of cookies, pies and treats that I'll be receiving, baking and giving away as gifts. I may even try my hand at some healthy alternatives this year!

Here's what we're eating this week:

Monday: Chicken tortilla-less soup

Tuesday: Slow-cooker paleo orange chicken

Wednesday: Paleo crockpot chili

Thursday: Chickpea-rosemary crepes with pepper relish

Friday: Dinner out

Saturday: Eggplant-zucchini parmesan (will cook some noodles on the side for my husband)

Breakfast: I Quit Sugar breakfast casserole (with ground turkey)

Dessert: Cinnamon raisin cookies from Elana's Pantry

What do you think, could you "quit" sugar for 8 weeks? Would you even consider trying it, with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up? (Halloween sounds doable, but Christmas I think would be torture!) I promise I would be there to cheer you on!

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