I did it! One year without Sugar and Flour!!

It’s been one year since I woke up in the middle of the night with this crazy idea of going without sugar and flour.  One year without cookies… One year without crusty bread and the impossibly soft insides… One year without ice-cream…  One year without wine.

And you know what?  Apart from the initial fight of getting used to going without what I once considered essential, it’s not been so difficult.  Until recently.  Recently, the fight has been intense!  As my dead-line got closer, the apprehension increased!

If the fight was this bad moving closer to the deadline, what would happen when I reached the end of this self-imposed banishment of all things “scrumptious”?  Today, September 23, 2014…

Would I have that first taste of bread, or a monster cookie and not be able to stop tasting?  Would the internal fight for muffins or cereal or cake loom so large that I wouldn’t be able to resist and I’d graze my way to obesity?  Just because I can?

Despite my nervousness that I’ll become this out-of-control, indiscriminate ‘picker’ since my parameters have now been removed, I can tell you what I’ve learned this year that will keep me from realizing that fear.

#1 – When you make the rules ahead of time, it takes away the fight when the temptation is set before you.  I call these “non-negotiables”.  I only have a few: * Minimum of 75 oz water per day. *7 – 9 servings of vegetables per day. * Be active every day – Hiking, walking, cleaning, yard-work, parking away from the store – it ALL counts!… and finally – *No Sugar/No Flour/Limit Corn.

#2 – Focus on what you CAN have, not what you can’t… The minute you tell yourself that you’re not allowed something, the emotional side of your brain is going to take over.  Intellectually, you KNOW better, but the emotional side will win – 9 times out of 10!  For me, the 7 – 9 servings of vegetables daily keeps me grounded… If I start with vegetables first thing in the morning, I will do well all day.  That’s my focus and there it will remain!

#3 – Without flour and sugar, your weight won’t creep up even if you eat too much at one sitting.  After I lost the initial 12 pounds last fall, when I over-indulged on nuts (which has been a battle through-out this year) or had more fruit servings in a day than good for me, my weight has stayed consistent, within a 2 lb range.   After-all, overeating vegetables isn’t the problem…  And healthy fats don’t make you fat, processed carbs do!

#4 – Feelings aren’t always accurate.  One night you could go to bed feeling so great about how you look and the choices you made and the next morning you wake up and everything is wrong.  This has happened to me.  I wonder how I could have imagined that I looked good in the outfit I chose. So I’ve learned to look at the facts.  Because facts don’t lie.  Did I complete my non-negotiables yesterday?  If yes, I attribute my feelings to hormones… I blame hormones for EVERYTHING that goes wrong! It’s way easier than having to self-analyze…  If I’ve neglected to complete my non-negotiables, I determine not to go another day without them and move on.  Without guilt!  Life’s too short!

#5 – What seems difficult at the beginning will become easier with practice.  You’ll make mistakes, as I did.  I learned to read labels (when the words weren’t too small…) Who knew that so many prepared soups and sauces had sugar in them?  The other part of this is that certain beliefs we hold aren’t true at all… ie – fast food is faster than making dinner at home.  It really only takes 15 minutes to stir-fry chicken and vegetables in Olive oil or Coconut oil. Top it with Bragg’s Amino Acids (tastes like soy sauce) and you have yourself a healthy meal!  Serve it on a bed of Quinoa, a protein-laden grain that’s way faster (and healthier) than rice!

But you know what I’ve realized, now that I’ve reached this goal?  I like this life-style!!  I like finding new ways to cook and serve foods.  Google sites and Pinterest have amazing ideas that help keep me on this path towards healthy living!  There are really creative people out there!!!

And here’s the deal:  I’m going to continue the “no sugar/no flour” with a few caveats:  I plan to add honey back in, in limited amounts, but not sugar!  I won’t add wheat back in… I’ve just had way too much energy without it to consider going back to the breads, pastas, muffins and cookies that suck the life right out of me!

Let me know if/how my ‘experiment’ has inspired you.  I did this knowing you were watching, which, in turn, inspired me!  I’d like to help you as you did for me! Like my page…share my article… comment below…



4 Responses to “I did it! One year without Sugar and Flour!!”

  1. Stefanie says:

    Awesome article! You are so inspiring Elfie!

  2. Evangeline says:

    Yay!!!! So proud of you for sticking with it! Knew you could do it! 🙂

  3. Margaret says:

    Great information and inspiration! Thanks Elfie

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