6 months of total sugar-free-ness!

Whoohoo! Today marks six months since I started my no-added-sweeteners-of-any-kind journey on January 1, 2017. All the details are in this post, but in a nutshell, I’ve been avoiding all added sweeteners, including honey, stevia, maple syrup and more — even in my vitamins, even in my toothpaste.

To mark this milestone, here are some common questions I get:  Continue reading

How to quit sugar

Tomorrow (December 31, 2017), I’ll complete 1 full year of no added sugars of any type – not even stevia or honey. Read on for tips on how you can do it too.

Giving up sugar might be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but it’s worth it. You’ll be a lean, energetic, cravings-free inspiration to all who know you! So, huge congratulations to you for even considering it.  Continue reading

The 95 names of sugar

I don’t consume anything on this list — not even stevia, honey, or agave.

Compiling this list of natural and artificial sweeteners reminded me of the classic Arthur C. Clarke science fiction short story “The Nine Billion Names of God“. The creation of my list didn’t trigger a universe-shaking event, but it brought home for me how hard we humans have worked to support our sugar addiction. How many hours of effort does each item on the list represent — especially the artificial sweeteners? When you think of research, testing, marketing, and so on, it’s truly sobering.

Almost 100 different types of natural and artificial sweeteners are listed below; sometimes we humans really are too smart for our own good. Continue reading

3-month update: Travel, flu, and more

At the end of March, I’m still sticking to my totally sugar-free plan. I don’t dream about sugar any more and my appetite’s well controlled.

During a recent trip to visit family, I noticed a surprising sense of calm and relaxation, despite crowded airplanes and the anticipation of a potentially tense family situation. Was this related to giving up sugar?  Continue reading

My TV interview is now online

A super-short interview (just over 1 minute) on my sugar-free year by my local TV station CKPG is now online here (or click the image below).

It was filmed in our kitchen (which has *never* been so clean!), and my husband Andrew was a strong supportive off-camera presence. I was very nervous, but I think it went OK. The recipe I’m shown making in the interview is my sweetener-free Creamy Chocolate PuddingContinue reading

Sugar: The world’s most popular drug?

From The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes, one of my favourite books:

Sugar appears to cause pleasure with a price that is difficult to discern immediately and paid in full only years or decades later … Most of us today will never know if we suffer even subtle withdrawal symptoms from sugar, because we’ll never go long enough without it to find out.  Continue reading