Quitting sugar can only result in one thing, improved health, especially if you consume a lot of it. However, there are various factors that come into play when it comes to giving up this addictive substance.
If you’ve been concerned about your sugar intake lately, and you’ve been wondering whether you should quit the stuff for good, this post will help you to finally decide whether you should go for it or drop the idea of quitting altogether or, at the very least, put the idea aside for now.
Here’s when you might need to rethink your decision to quit:
1. Someone has told you that you should
Perhaps you know or know of someone who has managed to quit. This person raves on and on about how great it is and how wonderful she feels. She regularly lists the benefits of quitting sugar: better skin, more energy, weight loss, no brain fog.
And, of course, she recommends that you should do it too. You’ve never thought about it, not much any way. But if she says you should, maybe you should listen and give it a go because you’d love to drop a few pounds, and it might just work
Maybe more than one person has told you to quit, and you’ve taken it as a sign of your next step.
Is this a good reason to quit? No.
2. It seems like a trendy thing to do
Spend any length of time on social media platforms, especially Instagram, and you’re bound to eventually encounter someone who follows the sugar-free lifestyle.
Exciting and enticing mouth-watering recipes, a happy and permanently radiant face, and not forgetting her easy breezy yoga-living, almost-perfect lifestyle.
If you’re not impressed by her, you’ll definitely be impressed by the myriads of sweet ‘treats’ that are posted daily. They’re everywhere, and they look delicious. It seems like everyone is jumping on this sugar-free ‘trend’.
You get so caught up in what everyone is doing that you find yourself wanting to join in.
Is this the right time to turn your back on sugar? Probably not.
3. You’ve got a lot going on
Everyone is busy nowadays, and some days feel more stressful than others. That’s no big deal; it’s called life. But what happens when you decide to quit sugar amidst what can only be described as a chaotic period in your life.
You’re level of focus won’t be the same, you’ll find it harder than ever to ignore your sugar cravings, especially if you consume a lot of it. And it will feel like one extra thing to do on top of everything else.
That doesn’t mean that if you tried to quit you would be guaranteed to fail. But it would make it a lot more difficult.
However, it doesn’t mean that you need to wait until everything is perfect either. You would be waiting forever.
Quitting sugar during highly stressful times isn’t a good idea.
4. You don’t really want to
If you have no desire to stop eating added sugar, it’s very simple, don’t. However, there are two exceptions:
- You may not want to eliminate sugar from your diet, but if your doctor has told you that it’s what you need to do, you’ll have no choice.
- If you say that you don’t want to quit but, deep down, you really do, then it will always be there in the back of your mind. And you’ll feel guilty almost every time you put something sweet in your mouth.
In the second scenario, it’s a matter of acknowledging your innermost desire and not trying to push it away.
If the above two scenarios genuinely don’t apply to you, then as I said before, don’t. Don’t quit sugar. Because you have to really want to do it to give yourself the best chance of succeeding.
When is the right time for you to quit?
The right time for you to quit is when you get a quiet nagging feeling that you’d be better off without it.
Before I quit sugar in 2016, I reached a point where I was always thinking about my sugar consumption. I didn’t think about it every day, but not one week went by without my thoughts turning to how I didn’t really want to be eating so much of it.
I often thought about how nice it would be to not be at the mercy of sweet foods. But the decision came from within. I didn’t worry about whether other people were doing it or not, and I didn’t go online to find out if it were a good idea. It was a decision I made that was independent of anyone’s opinions.
If you too have ongoing thoughts about quitting sugar, and you’ve been having them for quite some time, that’s a sign for you to do something about it.
An even bigger sign is if you regularly find yourself thinking about not just quitting but being a sugar-free person, not because you’ve been persuaded by pretty pictures on social media but because you feel internally driven to do it.
You may feel a bit concerned about kicking your sugar habit, but if you feel excited more than mortified about what you’ll be doing for your health, you’re ready to start.