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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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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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