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My name is Ceri Davies and I am a sugar addict

My name is Ceri Davies and I am a sugar addict

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And have been for as long as I can remember.

As a child I used to wait until my mum was upstairs and I would raid the biscuit tin, shovelling them into my mouth at breakneck speed before she came back down. 

Sometimes I would even mix icing sugar with butter and eat the thick, sweet, creamy mixture straight with a spoon. Bet you didn't know that, did you mum? I also bet you're not surprised.

At school they sold incredibly chocolatey moist bars of tiffin at lunchtime and I would beg and borrow (not steal) money from my chums to get my fix. And I wouldn't just eat one. I'd eat two or three.

And I never felt sick. I suppose my body was so used to the elevated levels of sugar. It had already been in training for years by this point.

The only reason I wasn't an overweight child and have never been a heavily overweight adult is simply due to the amount of physical activity I've always been involved in: swimming, dancing, badminton, netball, gymnastics as a youngster. I was always on the go and still am: Zumba, spinning, Insanity, running, weight training. Twelve pretty intense sessions per week of exercise and yet I still have extra layers of fat around my middle. The reason being?

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My trainer tells me this on an almost daily basis. I think she's sick of telling me. And I'm sick of it too. Sick of my lack of willpower and discipline when it comes to sugary foods, sick of the extra and unnecessary chub, sick of being at the mercy of foods like this:

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and this

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and this

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Since I began training seriously in September my body has most definitely changed shape and inches have been lost: I'm a comfortable size 12 (US 8) in trousers yet still a 14 (US 10) on top. My BREAST friends have seen a very slight reduction in cup size. I'm obviously meant to be a busty lady and I really ought not to complain - I'd much rather it was on my boobs than my butt! But the simple truth is that no amount of exercise will shift the last remaining pockets of stubborn fat and so I, the Ginger Warrior have decided that enough is enough, that now is the time to take control of my tastebuds rather than let them be the master of my overly insulated waistline! 

They reckon it takes three to four weeks of completely removing refined sugars from your diet before you no longer experience the maddening cravings. So that, dear Warriors, is my approach. Go cold turkey. Say "Adios, sugar, I hope we don't meet again anytime soon!". I'm nervous, nervous as hell. I've tried this method before and failed. Miserably. But I'm a fall-off-a-horse-and-get-back-on-asap kind of a gal and as such, I'm going to give it another bash. And if I should trip and stumble along the way then I will accept those moments for the learning curves they are and carry on regardless. I don't believe in self-deprecation - it's depressing, self-indulgent and entirely counter productive.

I won't bore you with overly regular updates but I will, of course, let you know how how my journey to being sugar free is progressing. I'm primed and ready and so is my kitchen!

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Wish me luck and the willpower of a Warrior!

GW over and out.

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14 Comments

  1. I loved that tiffin!!! Im a sugar addict too. I once gave up chocolate for 6 weeks and then got right back on that sugar horse! X

  2. Go for it Ceri!

    In our family, Robin started it first.
    He read the book “Sugar Blues” by William Duffy, and it so shocked him that he decided to go completely sugar free.
    In 9 months, he has lost 2 stone, and feels great!
    He is sensible: he will eat some sugar on occasions, but he has broken the sugar addiction.
    Now, if he does eat sugar, he feels the difference very quickly – light-headedness followed by tiredness.
    He lives off home-made soups – we bought him a Ninja blender for his birthday – and focuses on super-foods: kale, kiwi fruit, etc.

    He so impressed us, that I took out a New Year resolution to go sugar free on week days.
    My addiction is (was) hot chocolate. I would sometimes drink four per day – Costa or Nero or Starbucks.
    My goal is to achieve 21 consecutive days, because by then I should have broken the habit. If I slip up, I simply starting counting the days again. So by the time I have achieved the 21 days, I have probably been trying for months!
    So far so good. I am up to 12 days.
    I am being REALLY good.

    Secrets to success:
    – share the goal with those around you.
    – write the goal down and track it (I use a simple chart with 21 columns to tick off).
    – don’t be hard on yourself if you slip up – JUST START AGAIN!

    • The Ginger Warrior

      I’m going to check out that book for sure! I do need all the help I can get. Craigy and I eat lots of super foods and healthy meals. Snacking is my problem. But we can most definitely do this, Jeremy – you and your hot chocolate and me and my cold chocolate – we can kick the addiction and make them the occasional treat. Keep me updated!!

  3. I could give up all chocolate except cadbury’s, and tend to only really want it in the week preceding my period. Not during or after! I’m seriously considering buying Davina’s sugar free book and finding a replacement for this sugar fix, but I’m sure that that is probably as bad. I wonder how many others also have this need for a sweet fix at certain times of the month? I might just give it a bash…………. once I finish this bag of Revels!!!!!!

    • The Ginger Warrior

      My friend Jenny bought the book and highly recommends it. I think I’m going to go and order it now in fact! Enjoy those revels!!

  4. Good luck :-) I don’t eat many cakes, biscuits, sweets, etc now anyway (in 2001 I sickened myself at xmas with all the rubbish I ate, will never forget), but I have never been able to give up sugary tea though, that is my vice, and have given up trying, lol.

  5. Well done Ceri. I love sugar too! Are you allowed fruit instead? Honey, maple syrup or agave?
    I find that if I eat little and often and organise lunch in advance it helps.
    Good luck! X

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Fruit is fine. And I have honey in my porridge. And I will eventually eat sugar again but I want to be able to control IT rather than it be in control of me. Lol! xx

  6. Good effort Ceri. Looking forward to the inspirational recipes. ..will be trying the Brownies x

  7. Hi
    I too am reducing my sugar intake, I have tried before then fallen off the wagon after a couple of months. It is too hard for me to go completely cold turkey! Although I have less achy joints and more energy if I stick to it.
    Good luck , I will be following with much interest

  8. I know a little shop, not too far away, that has a range of sugar free sweets. If the cravings get too much 😉

  9. Good luck – I am sure you can do it. You are all making me feel really guilty…I love chocolate and would rather give up breathing than give up that haha!!!! I know I shouldn’t each as much but unfortunately I can’t even think about giving it up, well not at this moment in time anyway! :(
    I’ll be wishing you well all the way xxx

  10. Careful now – addiction to chocolate is really an addiction to sugar. Remember that there is very little actual cocoa in Cadburys. That’s why we don’t crave chocolate that is more than 80% cocoa – we just savour it. It is the difference between scoffing chocolate and tasting chocolate.

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