Yes, nine months later we are still sugar-free. I think it’s become more of a lifestyle choice for us now… It’s working out so well, why would we want to stop?
Personally I have gotten past the stage now of really craving anything sugary. I can walk down the ice-cream aisle at the supermarket and not be secretly tempted to put any in my trolley. In fact, I know that even if I did, chances are I wouldn’t really enjoy it that much anyway.
I don’t feel deprived, and I don’t feel like my children are missing out on anything either. I’ve read and learned and experimented and I can virtually convert any of our old favourite recipes now to using sugar-free alternatives. We still get our fair share of treats. The difference is now that we’ve learned to listen to our bodies more, and know when to stop.
While we were on holidays we did allow ourselves a treat or two. I didn’t lament that I had fallen off the bandwagon by sucking on a lemonade ice block on a 40 degree day, or sharing a decadent chocolate dessert at a restaurant dinner. In fact, having a few treats convinced me more than ever that I had done a good thing by quitting sugar. I could enjoy and savour a few sweet treats without going overboard or craving more, knowing that they really were treats and happy with that.
I am less than a kilo from my goal weight, and have maintained my weight even since being pregnant. I can tell a real difference in my body being 10kg+ lighter at the beginning of this pregnancy than I was with either of my others, and it feels good!
If you have been wondering about this whole ‘sugar-free phenomenon’, and whether it would be right for you, I’d love to just encourage you to give it a go! You don’t have to view it as a life-long change or decision, just experiment with it and see how your body and health feels. I really think you’d be doing yourself a favour.