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In January this year, I made a decision. It involved cutting back, primarily on sugar and sweetened delicacies.

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There was no sign of diabetes or hint of high cholesterol. But there was a sign of addiction. What seemed perfectly harmless and normal was turning into an obsession. 

 You know how it is: you go to a party, the hostess asks you to try a slice of delicious chocolate cake, just this once. 

You attend a family event and the plates are piled high with milk sweets and deep fried delights. You decide to indulge, just this once.

You’re at home, having finished a full meal and you spy that bar of chocolate in the freezer. You take a bite, just this once.

Here’s the thing: Just this once translates into many, many times over the course of a week. And before you know it, you’re popping sweets willy-nilly! I decided it was time to put the brakes on. It was time to go the lesser route.

So, it began. A 90-day regimen without processed sweets or sugars. Not even a taste. 

Was it hard? To be honest, yes, since I have a sweet tooth. 

How did I manage the cravings? By munching on nuts and raisins.

How far have I come? Well, as of tomorrow, I will complete 90 days 🙂

Why 90 days? Come back here tomorrow to know the answer 😉

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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

L is for Less

My theme for the month is : Introspection in shades of 11

Also linking this to the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April


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Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.

Srilakshmi Indrasenan · April 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm

So true post!!.. Less is indeed the new more!!! I never ass sugar in my beverages.. as I am a foodie, i eat a lot of cheese, carbs, etc (I should review it nah in Zomato etc) so I cut on the sugars totally. That's the secret of my figure inspite of the fact that I eat in restaurants often…

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Jyotsna Bhatia · April 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Wow.. Shailaji .. 90 days is a big big time.. I cannot even think of doing this.. Chocolates?? I mean how can one resist them ??? · April 14, 2014 at 12:25 am

Well, well! Yell-free, sugar-free, …
I started having coffee without sugar a few years back. No diabetes, just wanted to cut down on sugar (and calories!) intake. It's not been a problem at all. Of course, I do have sugar in coffee if served that way at anybody else's place.

Swathi Shenoy · April 14, 2014 at 12:52 am

woah!! u managed to go 90 days without sweets!! *stands up n claps* i hav a sweet tooth too n forget abt 90 days, i cant go for evn a single week widout sweets! can i come for some coaching 😛
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Sreeja Praveen · April 14, 2014 at 3:07 am

It is an achievement, Shailaja 🙂 Especially because you've conquered the sweet tooth 🙂 This means you can choose to have or not to have it hereafter. I wish I could do away with some addictions too ; not sweets, but the usually munching 🙂 I've successfully turned my back on ice creams ; its been a little more than 3 years now ! 🙂

Usha Menon · April 14, 2014 at 3:48 am

Wow great Shailaja,you have a strong will power. To control the yearnings of your sweet tooth for three months is a big achievement.

Rajlakshmi · April 14, 2014 at 4:11 am

It's really good to control the urge to have sweets. Saves a lot of trouble later life. Luckily I don't like sweet things. No sweet tooth 🙂

Midnight scribbles · April 14, 2014 at 4:27 am

Wow.i can't go two days without a sweet. Looking forward to know tomorrow's post:)

PhenoMenon · April 14, 2014 at 5:32 am

Have never been too fond of sweets right from my childhood. I have more of a spicy tooth than a sweet one. The ones I can tolerate is dark bitter chocolates, bengali sweets (no rosogullas and the syrup dipped variety) and kaju katli 😀


Jayanta Tewari · April 14, 2014 at 6:06 am

Taking one day at a time or smaller and achievable targets often have worked for me… Hope you are successful in your endeavor to cut on sugar 🙂

Beloo Mehra · April 14, 2014 at 6:09 am

So I wrote a long comment earlier, and the broadband connection at home died on me. And it got lost on the superhighway…this time, with the idea of less is more, I say – good and inspiring post, Shailja! Keep it up.

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Eli Z · April 14, 2014 at 6:09 am

Yay Shailaja! Way to go! I also believe sugar can be addictive, and try to avoid. And have discovered so many amazing sweets (sugarless) here in India – using dates, dried fruit, nuts – So yummy! Don't feel I forsake anything really, and my body (and mind) seems happy:-) But I dont feel I forsake anything either, and that's important I think… Whatever comes natural for each person:-) Hugs to you – loved your sharing today:-)

Vidya Sury · April 14, 2014 at 7:19 am

Well done, Shailaja!
A complete break from eating them is the only way, because tapering doesn't work for these things. Either way there are withdrawal symptoms 😀

Good going! You have done yourself a HUGE favor.

Nabanita · April 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

Good on u Shailaja 🙂 I don't have a sweet tooth but I do have a soft corner for junk food! Less is indeed more for that

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Nisha · April 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

I need to be inspired by you!! I have a sweet tooth as well and it is so important to cut back. Hmmm!

Prasanna Rao · April 14, 2014 at 9:36 am

Whoa! Respect lady! I mean how? I cannot even manage to stick to a diet for a week and 90 days without sweets and chocolates. I go crazy even thinking about it 🙂

Kathy Combs · April 14, 2014 at 10:25 am

WOW, good for you! 90 days is a long time. Way to go!

sulekkha · April 14, 2014 at 10:30 am

I salute your willpower, I can't do it. Love sweets and take a bite of anything sweet not just once but many many times. Great write-up.

Priya Prakash · April 14, 2014 at 10:39 am

I don't consume too much sugar and am not too fond of sweets either but chocolates are an absolute favorite :-). Have cut down quite a bit on chocolates too the last few months.. Must say you have a will of steel to completely avoid them though!

vishal bheeroo · April 14, 2014 at 10:48 am

Hey, all the best and wish you luck. I'm addictive to sugary stuffs, choco and what's not er can't say No to sweetening stuffs that I readily pop. I need some reality check, too:) Do lemme kno how it goes:)

Shilpa Garg · April 14, 2014 at 11:39 am

We all have a sweet tooth in our family and sweets after meals are a must, so I can imagine how tough it must have been initially. But you DID it!! 90 days is a super cool time to stay without sweets… hats off lady and you have inspired me too! Thanks 🙂

Sushree Dash · April 14, 2014 at 11:56 am

Great you would be completing the 90 days ….I guess now you would indulge again for sometime 🙂 · April 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I am in no way a chocoholic, but I seriously doubt I'd be able to go.90 days without a bite of chocolate. Kudos to your determination

Mina Menon · April 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I cant wait to know the ans! Thts an addiction I will hv to kick out tooo

Pixie · April 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I am inspired by your actions!
how did you manage tea/coffee?

I think I will try this – except for sugar in tea and coffee.. will try to cut down everywhere else!

Corinne Rodrigues · April 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Very little sugar in my tea / coffee and chikki for dessert works for me. 🙂

Shesha Chaturvedi · April 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm

90 Days is such a long time… I can cut my sugar for maximum two or three weeks not much! You have a strong will for sure!!!

Aditi · April 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Noooo….I don't think I can live without chocolates!! But I am so proud of you!! Cheers Shailaja!

Sunila Vig · April 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Well done Shailaja 🙂 How are u going to celebrate the 90 day challenge completion?

tulika singh · April 14, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I bow to thee madam willpower. I work on the exercise bit while letting go on the sweets sometimes.

Sirisha · April 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Haha I think I commented on this when you had started the challenge.. I would have definitely bowed out on the first day and shamelessly. I eat a chocolate a day and that I cant stop 😀

taleoftwotomatoes · April 15, 2014 at 3:57 am

Wow That's Will power Shailaja…. Hats off!!! 🙂

Vaisakh Venugopal · April 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

That's great will power! Kudos on the achievement.. 😀

Carol Graham · April 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Incredible will power. Do you think the habit of eating sweets is broken after 90 days? Are you going to continue?

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beingFab · April 19, 2014 at 2:23 am

Wow, 90 days!! That is quite a challenge. I think I could go without sweet treats for 90 days, but not without sugar in my tea or coffee!

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