my next steps

As most of you know, when you were drinking you were consuming lots of sugars (especially from the wine).  When you quit drinking, your body screamed for sugar in Cokes, candy, cakes, etc.  You know what I’m talking about, right?

Well, some people can disengage from the addiction to sugar quickly.  Give them 6 months or so and they don’t feel the need to keep up the sugar intake.

Me, on the other hand, I am SO addicted to sugar it’s now become a big deal.  I quit drinking in early February 2016.  My after meal treats started consisted of either:  a full sized candy bar or a huge bowl of ice cream (and whipping cream if handy) or fresh baked cookies or a run to Dairy Queen for a small Butterfinger Blizzard.  Whatever I could get my hands on.  And yes, this was nightly.  It became where I was looking for the 7-Eleven on the way home instead of the LQ so I could get my sugar fix.  Not horribly scary but scary enough.  I tried to quit after about a year free from drinking and could not do it.

Well, it’s been 2 years and 3 months since my last drink and I think it’s time to set my sights on not eating sugar for a while.  You know, strip it from my life as completely as possible then add a little back in at a time until I get to a reasonable intake.

Anyone out there have the same issue as me?  Please share!

So I’ve decided I need a total diet change and I’ve started a Paleo type diet using Wahl’s Protocol as a guide but limiting my sugar intake – that means no fruit.  As some of you know, I also have RA and the inflammation in my hands has gotten worse.  My fatigue is another issue.  I could go on and on with my list of ailments. . .  But I will not 🙂

What I’m getting at is I’ve decided to clean up my diet – especially the processed and sugary foods – to see if that helps my overall health.

So, here’s to saying “Baa Bye” sugar addiction – you are the next thing to go 🙂  Wish me luck!


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18 Responses to my next steps

  1. I know another person who has quit sugar and has RA and swears she feels better when she doesn’t have it.
    I know if I am very tired, I tend to binge on sugar things.

  2. Wow! And yes, I too did a transfer addiction to sugar. One day I’ll stop. I hope not to far in the future.
    I would be very surprised if your health complaints did not improve. Wishing you all the best.
    Btw: I once quit sugar 100%, no transfer addiction to raisins, muesli or fruit and I had a headache for a week. After a week it is gone and you will feel fantastic!
    I would love to hear how you proceed. Good luck! Enjoy! 🙂
    xx, Feeling

  3. Me too!!! I’m already irritated 😩😩 but I’m only on day 2 I know I can do it

  4. You can do it too 🙂

  5. Zentient says:

    One thing that has helped – I gave up wheat flour along with sugar. I became convinced in my research that flour was one step away from sugar. Take a piece of uncooked pasta, put it in your mouth and in a short period of time you will taste sugar. It also eliminates some of the problematic foods that have both flour and sugar,including cookies, cakes, bars, quick breads, doughnuts, pastries, etc. I do eat fresh fruit, which is not processed food. I do make some things with almond flour and splenda, which I know some people say is not good. We each have to make our own decisions in recovery, what works for us. There are many pluses, feeling better, better blood sugar results, better digestion, lower calorie intake, no food hangovers, better skin, at times think I’m thinking clearer. Really, all that good stuff can come to you from stopping sugar. Metta to you.

    • Debbie says:

      Very true! I am cutting out all processes foods and going gluten free – so hopefully in a week or so, I’ll begin to feel the effects! Thanks for the input!! Appreciated 🙂

  6. ainsobriety says:

    There’s no sugar in wine.
    I think most people switch to sugar as it is comforting and feels like a treat. It takes away some of the deprivation we may feel in early sobriety.

    That said, if you feel sugar is impacting your health it is worth reducing.
    I believe the SCD diet has been shown to have good results with inflammatory issues. You might look at that one.

    Everyone processes food differently. Some people can eat lots of sugar, others need very little.

    Try not to demonize one food or to become rigid in food choices. I spent years as a severe disordered eater…it’s very hard to undo that damage.


    • Debbie says:

      You are correct, my mistake. I’ve just seen so many people who stop drinking turn immediately to sodas and sweets to curb the craving for alcohol. Thanks for all the tips and info. Very helpful.

  7. I don’t drink anymore but I sure can go through a lot of ice blocks 🙂

  8. iceman18 says:

    Oh hell yes! I would dish out a big bowl of ice cream. Then, more times than not, go back and eat the rest of the container. I don’t buy ice cream anymore. Eleven years later and I still struggle. I have found other means to consume sugar; Diet Coke, bread, Splenda in coffee, dessert, too much fruit etc. Another addiction! That just dawned on me 6 months ago. Working it! 😜

  9. Ohhh – I am really struggling with this. Sugar and coffee. Good luck to you! xx

  10. Adrian says:

    _Potatoes Not Prozac_ is about the sugar/alcohol commonalities and lays out a process for getting that brain chemistry under control … and has helped a lot of people (including me).

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