NUTELLA WHO? How all the sugar went away from my diet. And I don’t miss it.

Wow. So, I had a wow moment (or weeks really, like 4 weeks now). I stopped craving sugar… WHAT?  Right. Yes. Me.nutella elizabeth maiuolo nutella queen

If you know anything about me, you know I am a sugar addict. I can’t let it be. If there’s a box of donuts, I HAVE to eat all of them until they’re gone. If you give me a box of chocolates, I have to eat them all in one sitting. Same with a  jar of dulce de leche. Or Nutella.

You don’t get crowned the Queen of Nutella for nothing.

Of course, a few years ago just turned into eating Nutella before every race, a whole jar of course.

Anyway, the point is that sugar was 70% of my diet and, WORSE, a complete addiction I thought I’d never cure. Obviously that implies, being over my happy weight, messy sleep, poor nutrition, feeling tired all the time, etc, etc. Plus, I think sugar is the worst of all the drugs. I do. Sugar SUCKS the life out of you. I am sure it’s the culprit of most ailments in modern society. I just never thought I’d get out of that cycle where I’d try to stop it and the come back with a hungry revenge. My only issue was the highs and lows. I’d be super cranky, tired, overexcited, sad, all if it, in a matter of minutes. And I got tired of it. Mostly, I got tired of feeling crazy and tired.

I went to see a nutritionist. Obviously, I had zero hopes.

We talked for an hour,  he was great, he’s a RUNNER. He said I didn’t have an eating disorder, but disordered eating (ha, cool!). He gave me a diet, with a LOT of protein, and a LOT of fiber. Guys, it’s rally a LOT of food. Oh, and I was supposed to drink 3 liters of water every day; I was probably getting about 1 liter in -on the good days!. Basically, what I thought was a portion of protein, was half (you know, the palm of your hand, etc). So,just one day later, I was eating SO much, SO much, that of course I had no candy cravings (and no space in my stomach for any extra food!!!). I was so completely full all day long. I am now eating even when I am not hungry and my weight has stayed the same. Het gave me a few recipes, a list of snacks (high in protein and fiber), and mostly taught me how much of each macronutrient I should be eating and when.

And, now it’s been 4 weeks and I’ve barely had any desserts or sugary fun “food”. I had tiramisu over Christmas (hey, I was at my cousin’s and it was right in front of me) and a pack of two reese’s cups, 10 days ago. That’s IT. To me, that’s completely insane. I used to have Reese’s cups EVERY DAY before this. I swear. I just don’t crave it anymore. And if I see candy, something I wouldn’t even think twice about before, now I just let it be. The only “added” sugar or refined sugar I get is the 8 grams of sugar in the greek yogurt. Carbs come from grains, vegetables, etc…

But… I have been spending an insane amount of time cooking (any time over 10 minutes a week is too much for me) and my grocery spending has doubled. I am starting to understand how my body works. Finally. I am freaking 40, it was about time!!

I’ve been using two apps for help. You Food gives you recipes, super easy and you can add them to your “fridge”, you can search by expertise level (“easy” please!), and make folders to save them. I also use My Plate to keep track of what I eat. I don’t need to keep track, but it’s great because I’ve learned a lot with that. You can scan any bar code and it just adds it, you just pick the serving size.

I get bored with water, so I’ve been drinking chocolate milk, and mostly a million cups of tea a day. Tea is awesome.

I am now one of those people who packs 3 tupperwares to work every day, plus all the fruit in the world. I used to make fun of those people.

It’s been pretty great, thought I hate cooking and doing dishes. I am not on a diet, I am supposed to eat whatever I want, as long as I fit in ALL that protein, ALL that FIBER, and all that FAT, plus ALL the carbs. Most days it’s really hard to hit the numbers. Sometimes 2 hours after dinner I realize I still need about 200 calories more… I am hoping this works long term. 4 weeks is definitely better than 3 days but we’ll see. For now, it’s working. Stay tuned.

It’s 10 am and I already had 3 eggs with cheese and bacon, 1 cup of greek yogur with 2 cups of berries, 1 banana and 24 oz of tea. I am tired of eating (ALL THE TIME).

PS: If you have time, find In Defense Of Food, an amazing two hour documentary on PBS, you’ll LOVE IT. Here you can read about it.

16 thoughts on “NUTELLA WHO? How all the sugar went away from my diet. And I don’t miss it.

  1. I swear, post after post, we are all discovering this! Even with the nutritional guidelines that just came out, it’s a game changer. I’m trying the whole 30 just to keep myself motivated to stay away from sugar. For too long I said “I can’t do it, it’s too hard, I don’t want to miss out”. I haven’t cut out fruits by any means but here’s to hoping things work out and help (muscle aches, sleeping, mood swings, all that jazz) 😉 Good for you!!

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    • Kaitlin, I thought about doing whole30, but it really seems WAY complicated and I already feel like i am doing too much cooking, packing and washing dishes. It’s not for me. Read that link I posted. it talks about how there’s so many ways to be “healthy” through elimination diets these days (paleo, vegetarians, vegans, etc, etc all elimination diets) but it should be EASIER than that… there should be an easy way. I got lucky. I am eating so many fruits (fiber) and protein that I don’t crave the sugar. or maybe it’s all the 3 freaking liters I drink that leave me full (it’s SO MUCH). hopefully when you do the W30 you can find something easier, right?? keep me posted!!!

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  2. Hahahahahaha you just made my night! My week and the rest of the weeks left of my new no sugar eating habits! Ohmygod! I feel exactly the same you feel and I’m also packing all the Tupperware for work with tons of fruits and nuts (u forgot to mention those)!!!!
    Thank you! This is really motivating!
    How are you sleeping? I feel like I need less hours and that is freaking me out!!!!


    • you know?? my nutrionist gave a recipe for the overnight oats and I remembered your instagram picture instantly!!!!!<3
      To tell you the truth, I feel the same. I think there's other things that need to be cut out of my diet… dairy? grains? not sure yet what but this was a huge step for me!!!


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    • you know?? I tried SO MANY TIMES. Just quitting never worked. Ever. I tried a million times. you need a plan…. we never keep stuff in the house but I always see it FINDS ME!!! I think it’s amazing that now it can sit there and I am fine ignoring it. MIND BLOWING.

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