I chose no sugar and I will never go back

I chose no sugar and I will never go back

Most 18 year olds can't give up junk food and trust me it was just as hard and everyone says, but it's so so worth it


This how giving up sugar changed my life.

I was always an avid junk food lover. My favorite things to eat included ice cream, lemonade, and all things filled with sugar. That’s why this was so hard for me at first. To give up what was my favorite food group seemed impossible to me for the longest time.

I suffered from incredible joint pain for a long time. At first everyone thought it was just growing pains but I never grew and the pain never ended. For the longest time I would go weeks or even months having never ending pain in all of my joints. The kind of pain that makes you not want to do anything. And after awhile I adjusted and just got used to living in constant pain. At first I accepted it but then I realized that after only 18 years of living I should never be living in constant pain. Especially because the last few years had been the worst. Things that I used to love doing like running, being active and being outdoors moving all the time became almost impossible for me to do without having to take Advil or Tylenol every few hours.

When someone told me that giving up sugar would help decrease this pain I knew that I would have to do it. As awful as it may be, that this was something that I had to at least try to do. I had thought about it for a while before but I always wanted to do it for other reasons like to be healthier or to lose weight. But this seemed like the best reason to make, what seemed to me to be a huge sacrifice.

Then one day I told myself I would just do it. It was the time between Christmas and New Years so I knew I would be surrounded by sweets so I told myself come January 1 I would not eat sugar. I started decreasing the amount I ate because I knew that it would be one thousand times more difficult if I just cut it out cold turkey. It was hard at first, actually it was awful. I quickly found out that I was addicted to sugar and my body was in withdrawal. This meant on top of the joint pain I had a migraine for almost an entire week straight and that wasn’t even the worst part.

I’m a college student athlete, which made this makes it harder for a ton of reasons. My friends all work out with me but they reward themselves with ice cream and candy. I had to learn to reward myself with some extra dressing on my salad or some french fries with my dinner. These small things seemed to make up for the junk food. Not to mention that I love all of that junk so with this awful migraine if I even saw junk food I wanted to take a bath in it. I could have filled my face and in that week I wouldn’t have carried who was watching.

But then it got better. Once my migraine became a headache and the headache went away it became so much easier. My body adapted to limited amounts of sugar and my bones felt like I was actually my own age. For the first time in years I am no longer living in constant joint pain. No, it has not gone away completely I still have some flare ups once and awhile but they are not nearly as bad as they have always been.

Not eating the junk food has turned out to be better for more than just my joints too. My body just feels better in general. Sure, sometimes I have a little snack and it is nearly impossible to completely cut out sugar so I have now instead limited it to just processed sugars. This way I can still eat fruits because those are natural sugars. My body no longer even wants to eat the junk food I see. I see my friends eating candy or cookies and I am perfectly fine eating an apple or banana because my body doesn’t crave the junk anymore.

Not eating sugar is easily one of the best decisions I have ever made. Yes I give myself cheat days once and awhile (I mean who can resist having a small treat while in Disney). But for the most part I can find the non sugar filled options of my favorite foods. Pinterest has helped me a lot to find some of these great recipes. I recommend this to anyone who is considering wanting to stop eating sugar. 100 days after not having sugar I don’t think I would go back to eating junk food anytime soon.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Founders Of Color Q&A: Yarlap's MaryEllen Reider On Destigmatizing Women's Health

The father-daughter duo co-founded the brand and has since generated a passionate, dedicated community of women.

MaryEllen Reider

I was lucky enough to meet MaryEllen Reider over a decade ago as a fellow freshman in college. Since then, I had the luxury of being able to witness her evolution from the faithful companion I went to my first job fair with to the woman who is now a pioneer in destigmatizing the portrayal of women's reproductive health.

Keep Reading... Show less

My favorite Editor was feeling under the weather yesterday. All I wanted was to make her a vegan iced matcha latte. With distance forbidding it, I instead decided to write up this quick, easy recipe. I made it to be vegan and organic for optimal health benefits.

Matcha green tea is made from grounded green tea leaf and it comes with the most antioxidant boost ever.

Keep Reading... Show less

This coffee brand is USDA organic. Newman's Own Keurig coffee flavors are all organic. They have French Roast, Decaf, and a Special Blend. I'm in a committed relationship with the French Roast flavor. The smell alone from dispensing 1 cup of coffee sets a whole cafe jazz vibe.

I'm already relaxed when I smell the coffee all ready for dressing. The way I make my coffee is simple and sweet, literally. I add a spoon of organic brown sugar and a splash of organic almond vanilla milk. This cup of coffee has changed my life forever. I have never been so productive in my life and I truly believe it's because the coffee is organic.

Keep Reading... Show less

These organic, cruelty-free skincare products are great for hot, sweaty summers. I use them every day, so you will find my honest opinion about them all. I highly recommend using organic products because they are least likely to be harmful to your body.

This may seem like an extra step when it comes to your beauty routine, but it's really easy. These 5 products could be the start of your next beauty venture.

Keep Reading... Show less

These 5 Black Handbag Designers Should Be On Every Accessory Lover's Radar

With the push to support more Black-owned businesses, we've put together a list of Black owned handbag designers.

Ever since the current upheaval of societal silence happening in the country caused by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, there has been a bigger push for people to support Black-owned businesses.

Granted, there are a lot fo Black-owned businesses to support, it just takes time to find them. With that being said, fashion is a sector, just like any sector really, in a culture that still has people of color calling out for more diversity.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Feel A Lil' Better: Because Therapy Dogs Aren't Just Cute, They're Working

Your weekly wellness boost from Odyssey.

No matter how good (or bad) you'd describe your health, one thing is for sure: a little boost is ALWAYS a good idea. Whether that's reading a new, motivating book, or listening to a song that speaks to your soul, there are plenty of resources to help your health thrive on any given day.

There are many different ways people overcome obstacles in their lives. Thankfully, the stigma surrounding therapy is slowly (but surely) slipping away and we're opening up about our problems and needs. For some, a good workout is just as relaxing. Others are learning how meditation can be a helpful tool in their mental health journey.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments