Has anyone given up on added sugars completely? What has the journey/experience been like?

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Yes. In fact I’ve eliminated sugar and slashed carbs from my diet, with a rare exception of whole fruit no more than once a day.

It’s tough at first, (I had major cravings where I thought I would kill for a bag of sugar or loaf of bread) but by the 4/5 week your body adjusts.

What’s tough is that sugar is in almost everything that that’s processed, boxed, jarred, frozen, etc. you will have to train yourself to look very carefully at nutritional labels.

Gluten free products are among the worst offenders.

Organic may not be your friend if it is sweetened with honey or agave (added).

If you are sincere, you would be wise to focus more on what you are gaining (health, regulating insulin and energy levels, hormone levels, etc) than what you are giving up - short term bliss on the taste buds.

I pretty much stay in a keto diet/state (about three years now) and my physique has responded favorably. I no longer have energy highs and lows. Before the haters chime in - this is my choice. Everyone has to find what works with their own body and beliefs.

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Diet soda doesn’t spike the insulin, but i gave that up too. Coffee, tea, and other sources of caffeine will give you the alertness factor without the chemicals and artificial sugar. But again, it’s as choice.

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Tried it. Succeeded for a while, then gave up. Regretted trying. Didn't really lose weight on it. Felt more lethargic and my gut was killing me because of the amount of fibre I was eating. Ended up with an orthorexia diagnosis.

Also, the amount of mental stress required to turn away so many tasty food options was too much. Landed in a happy medium where I don't have added sugars in about 50-70% of my foods.

Tldr; Eat added sugars in moderation but not excess.

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Yes, about 2 years ago. Very hard for the first couple weeks - almost like giving up caffeine. Afterwards, less hard, but I’ve become an über label-reader - they sneak that stuff into everything, including lots of “low-fat” options. Sugar is a great cheap bulking agent, so my food bill has gone up a bit. Blood work WAY better now. After a couple years, it’s no big deal, and I’ve become a much better cook and way more comfortable cooking with a range of fun spices.

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Added sugar yes. Stevia (pure form - not the blended with artificial sweetener kind) has proved an excellent sub in coffee/recipes. I figure If diabetics can do it, why can’t I

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I used stevia too in my coffee and some in baking

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I have and funny thing is I don’t like sugar anymore. Initially I started eating raisins , cranberries, dates etc with foods that I was used to adding sugar too. I still eat dark chocolate once a day but no processed sugar other than that and fruits.

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I’ve given up. Like I’ve just given up. Ha

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