If you were in my house last week, you would have seen a very excited me jumping around the room. I didn't win the lottery, find out I was pregnant or any huge thing like that. I simply put my jeans on...and they fit.
I have had bad excema for years and know that it is linked to gluten and sugar. While I can maintain a 90% gluten free diet, I have always struggled to do sugar free for any lengthy period of time...up until a few weeks ago. My skin got so bad I knew I had to do something about it and so have just spent six weeks (with a 1.5 week gap in the middle while I wallowed in self pity) eating sugar free and plan on continuing it right up until the start of July. I honestly can't believe the huge effect it is having on my body. While it is helping my skin, I have also watched the excess weight I was carrying drop off as I am eating less junk food. I am feeling much more energetic and don't get the 3pm slump like I used to. It has really opened my eyes to the fact that, as much as I would like to deny it, I really was eating far too much junk food before. It is only until you have to start saying 'no' to dessert, to the 3pm chocolate bar, the morning tea cake and the sweet drinks that you realise how much junk food you would have normally shovelled into your body each and every day.
As I have been eating sugar free, almost every time people have sat in front of me eating something sweet, they have apologised, asked if it is ok etc. I always respond with "Yes, of course". While some people may think it is a cruel form of torture, I see it as a good opportunity to remind myself that I can say 'no' to dessert, and it is ok. In the past I just had to take one look at dessert to be able to convince myself that I couldn't possibly say no to it. Now, I am not just wanting to avoid temptation; I want to be able to say no to eating junk food and to not need it. I think I am beginning to realise though that I actually need to start looking after my body more. While once upon a time I could be a bit more slack, the older I get the more I need to be extra vigilant. It's not just about losing weight (although that is a perk). It's about looking after my health and not allowing food to rule me.
(All this said and done though- I can't wait to eat a nice chocolate bar. Although I think I'll spread it out over a couple of days...everything in moderation!)