I decided to quit sugar when I learned that it was the main reason for my acne. First I experimented with quitting sugar for a week to see if acne would clear, it did. I have tried limiting my sugar intake before by not buying any sugar products and only eating sugar if it was offered to me for free, but this quickly fell apart because I would be simply too addicted. So using clear skin as my main motivator and concentrating on that, I decided just to quit once and for all.
I thought about my highschool english teacher who was allergic to sugar. I thought about how back then I felt bad for him, but now I wish i was allergic to sugar. Thats when I had my brilliant idea: why can't I be allergic to sugar. From that thought on, whenever I came across a situation where I was offered sugar, I would tell them that I was allergic to sugar. Since these situations came often I pretty much told everyone I was allergic to sugar and couldn't back out without getting caught and looking like liar.
It worked. I quit completely and started telling the truth instead: "I was telling people i was allergic in order to quit sugar". My friends found it humorous that I took such extremes to quit and was shocked that I wanted to. I no longer needed to lie to them and telling them what I was doing had the same motivational effect as telling them I was allergic since I was already a month in.
A few tips and pointers:
I've found that a good substitute for dessert is an Americano (no sugar added) with a little bit of milk. The milk helps the bitterness of coffee. But now I just drink it black and it tastes good. Also, Tim Ferris talks about a method where he binges and then downs a cup of coffee after. Apparently coffee somehow mitigates bad food. I have tried it after a sugar binge and found that I did not gain acne the next day.
Also, think about how much money you save by not eating sugary snacks. Allow yourself to buy good food from nice restaurants whenever you want from that saved money. Tell yourself, I can eat gourmet meals now because I don't eat sugar.
I used to walk into McDonalds and often times I wouldn't be charged for my food. Why? Because I went there so frequently and brought so many friends, that they knew I was good for business. My favorite meal was the Fishwich, a mighty sandwich made with a bun, american cheese, a deep fried fish patty, and a generous portion of tartar sauce. To fully sate my appetite I always supersized.
My parents had always encouraged me to eat healthy. I just didn't see the point. I felt good, I wasn't fat, and I never got sick. Why fix what isn't broken? I was thankful for my good metabolism and assumed that eating healthy was for people who didn't have it so good.
Then a couple years ago I watched Super Size Me. I watched it for entertainment, but it was the first time I began to believe that what I ate actually mattered. If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it. When subjected to a McDonalds only diet, the creator became depressed, lethargic, and generally didn't feel too well. That was the day I stopped eating fast food.
A reader asked me to share some about my nutrition. Here we go -
I don't consume at all: *Alcohol *Recreational drugs *Tobacco in any form *Mammals *Sweets
I think cutting bad stuff out goes a long way towards doing things correctly.
I quit drinking in 2006... basically, I reckon the downsides from liquor aren't worth the upsides. Now about this, I get asked sometimes, "Is it awkward to go to a bar?" For the first six months it was. Now, it's not. I get a club soda and have no problems.
Likewise, I quit pretty much all recreational drugs at the same time in '06, depending on how you define it. I've gone back and forth with caffeine over the years - originally I quit caffeine in '06, but I saw some good research on metabolic advantages from caffeine. I do take vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, and fish oil. Beyond that, I'll take anti-inflammatories like acetametaphin or ibuproifen (the active ingrediants in Tylenol and Advil) if I've got inflammation from training or I'm ill. I'd be open at some point to trying nootrophics under the guidance of a physician, but I've been picking up low hanging health fruit first. Human Growth Hormone also looks promising, and I'd consider synthetic testosterone if I needed it to keep my testosterone levels up later. But all these are for health/longevity purposes, not for pleasure, with the possible exception of caffeine. I go back and forth on caffeine, maybe I'll quit it someday. For now, it's not an issue for me.