Today, December 27th, 2018 is my 5th anniversary of being free from sugar. When I started my nutrient-rich whole food plant based journey in July 2013, I had many successes but I had not fully removed sugar. It was a struggle for me being a sugar addict. Finally, on December 27, 2013, having lost some weight but still not feeling great due to the sugar-laden, floured vegan desserts, I committed to stopping sugar 100%. On my own, I am powerless to have been 100% abstinent from sugar since then. But by God’s strength and grace, I have been.
“I can do all through Him who strengthens me.”
As I continue this life long journey into greater health I recommit daily not only to continue to be abstinent against sugar (plus oil, salt, peanuts/PB, and flour) but to work at honoring my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and to eat according to the plan that has improved my health. That means not overeating even on healthy foods. Being a food addict makes it difficult for us to always regulate the amount of food our bodies really need. But believe me, with God’s strength and grace we can recommit daily and do it!
This December I started the devotional “Satisfied: A 90-Day Journey Toward Food Freedom” by Dr. Rhona Epstein. I will finish it by my birthday on March 21, 2019.
If you have read all the books, listened to all the success stories, watched all the documentaries, have a clean food environment but STILL find yourself stuck or not reaching the health and weight loss goals you want and need, please give it to God. Use his strength to help you commit to health daily. Dr. Epstein’s book as well as Barb Ravelings books and free app “I Deserve a Donut and Other Lies That Make You Eat” will help tremendously if you make the promise to God and yourself to commit to a solid plan for your health.
We really have so much to lose in a positive sense and much to gain to help with the necessary losses.