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All because of a crepecake that I tackled to give a French twist to the inexorable Thanksgiving turkey.
I adopted my most unphased expression, and made two hundred and fifty crêpes in three minutes, letting the guests look at me with wide eyes (I flip the crêpes very, very high, making them turn over themselves three times, all while acting as blasé as Karl Lagerfeld waving after a Chanel show (“Yes, evidently my ease makes an impression on you – but I do not care one second about impressing you.”), black sunglasses lacking.

Then, I naturally auto-convinced myself, in the sluggish spirit of Thanksgiving, that making my own whipped cream just wasn’t necessary. So I bought a can of whipped cream and bam!!! We made the crepe tower all together.

Oh, come on now guys, I never said that I was Gwyneth Paltrow

We devoured the thing in three seconds, it was delicious, especially with all the applause from the guests public, and then, suddenly, I felt like I was dying.

It was as if crepecake sugar was attacking me.
First of all, I felt really, really thirsty.
Then, I was too hot, it was as if I had vertigo.
Then, I really, really, really felt like going to bed. It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

And that’s exactly what I did, not without slimy, diabetic nightmares. F#$@%ing whipped cream from the supermarket. Seriously. Gross.

I got up, finger raised in the air, announcing to anyone who wanted to listen:
“This week, I’m off sugar” No one dared to contradict me.

This isn’t a mystery for anyone who knows me; I have always been a bit hooked on sugar. I love chocolates, caramels, cookies, and I contracted the habit (totally stupid habit) of telling myself that a meal “can’t be complete without a sugary touch! No? Shall we share a dessert?” < —- = If you eat at a restaurant with me.

I’ve always thought that one day I would have to calm down. We know today the damages that refined sugar causes, to our metabolism, our skin, our teeth and especially the incredible power it has over us. It seems as though sugar is like a drug.

So – whether it’s true or not, after this attack, it was time to do a check-up with myself to see if I could go without the taste of sugar. It wasn’t a question of going on a diet, not even get rid of all carbs. No, the idea was just to see my degree of dependence to the taste of sugar.

Here is a small review of my week (or rather as you guessed because I absolutely didn’t stick to it), of my five days without sugar.

Sunday, December 1st
Pshh, so easy!

I replace my jam tartines with plain oatmeal (gross), my piece of chocolate at the end of lunch with a plain yogurt (pshh depression) and I allow myself to have a tiny glass of wine at dinner (—> pure sugar passes directly into the bloodstream, but we said that I was going to concentrate on the taste of sugar for the moment.)

And we’re all in agreement that a good glass of red wine isn’t sweet, but is really actually enough to make the chocolate craving go away (that’s called compensation, right there, Gaga).

Went to bed early, because the evening is when I get the munchies for sweets.
A book (The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, have you read it?) and then to bed. What a glamorous life, seriously.

Conclusion Day #1: Easy, breezy, beautiful.

Monday, December 2nd
Pshhh, so eas… Help!!!!

Plain oatmeal for breakfast tastes like cardboard; it makes me want to cry. I go back to my tartines on whole wheat bread – organic peanut butter (= not filled with sugar), this makes me happy because I love peanut butter more than anything, yes, sometimes even more than chocolate.

Ok, and I also eat pasta for lunch, that’s a lot of slow burning carbs, but remember, we decided that was okay. I slightly overindulge in coffee, which is the only savior at the end of my lunch to send the message to my brain that my lunch IS FINISHED AND THAT THE PIECE OF CHOCOLATE IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

Two coffees later, I get up from my desk in sleepwalking mode to walk to the kitchen. When I finally realize that my habits have taken over my willpower, I have one hand in the “cupboard of wonders”, yes, we all have one, you know, the one where you find the chocolate.
I stop myself right on time, but it’s super difficult – especially since my three million coffees have made me restless. Bad move with the coffee. I miss sugar until the evening.

Conclusion Day #2: Ah yes, Ok. I really am addicted to sugar, in fact. It wasn’t just a joke.

Tuesday, December 3rd
“Baaaaah, actually, it’s super easy to live without sugar!”

I explain at the Studio, swallowing a ladle of peanut butter. I start to take up other bad habits to compensate. It’s a bit stupid, but when I speak to Scott, he explains that it’s not that bad to overcompensate sometimes.
“Ok,” I say to him, reopening the container of peanut butter. “Can you buy a bottle of red when you come home tonight?”

At 11am I decide to drink a latte (my half shot) from Starbucks.
For the first time, I realize that their latte, even plain, feels super sweet.
And I don’t put sugar inside, huh. It’s just their milk – their milk has a sweet taste. Weird.

At the same time, that doesn’t surprise me: everything is sweetened in the U.S. For example, if you want soymilk, you can’t simply choose “soy milk”: it’s filled with sugar.
You have to choose soymilk marked “Unsweetened.” This is just one example, everything else is like that too.
Here, normal means sweetened. Unsweetened is an option. Not always available. Enough to make you paranoid, no?

Conclusion Day #3: The world is cruel. At each street corner is a sugar dealer.

Wednesday, December 4th
SOS

I feel like devouring everything, and during a meeting in the middle of the afternoon, I order a plate of babaganoush at Pain Quotidien because “when you don’t eat sugar, it’s extremely difficult to find a snack when you’re hungry.” Oh well, at that level, I’m ready to say whatever comes to my mind to justify myself.

Someone told me that avoiding sugar stops the munchies: not true for the time being.
I experience some bizarre moments. I feel the psychological result more strongly (I miss sugar and that makes me angry!) than the physical (that’s normal since I keep eating carbs, pastas, wine…)

I go back to eating fruit because I miss the taste of sugar and it seems like fruit doesn’t count. Mmmmmm yeah right.

Conclusion Day #4: Mmmmm yeah right.

Thursday, December 5th
Meeeh, she cried.

The day goes by more easily, I start to get used to it, in fact. I become more confident. I start to eat in a more balanced way; I miss the taste of sugar less. Yes! What assurance. So much confidence that the same evening, on the way home after getting drinks, I buy a container of Ben & Jerry’s Karamel Sutra ice cream.

I know.

I eat the first spoonful. It’s good, icy and sugary – they say coldness freezes your taste buds, which is why ice cream never seems too sweet. Nevertheless, after three spoonfuls I’ve had enough. It makes me feel nauseous.

Conclusion #5: Restriction = caving in? Classic.

Friday, December 6th
Ok, I didn’t make it a week, but I’m not the biggest loser.

Nevermind, it was only a test. I hadn’t wanted to demonize sugar or punish myself, just see where I stood with it. I saw that I couldn’t make it a week, which is interesting. Now could I have a bite of a ginger cookie, please?
… And that brownie there, what’s it doing all alone? Ah, the joys of life at the office – always a sweet hanging around. Around here, brownies.

Eeeeeek! After the first bite, I almost feel like spitting it out, it’s so sugary. It’s strange: my brain, trained to like sweet things, at first sends signals of comfort of habit “Ahhhhh, cooooooookie.” But in fact, if I try to really discern the taste of it…
It’s just not good at all.
Everyone around me loves it. I put down the brownie, and drink some tea to make the taste go away.

Conclusion Day #6: Is it by chance that my “sugar” curse could be set straight? I have the impression that these days without eating sugar have allowed me to realize the extent to which the things we eat are normally filled with sugar. But it’s still a bit too early to conclude.

Saturday, December 7th
“Joyeux anniiiiiiversugar! Joyeux anniveeeersugar!!!”

I’m back to my old habits, with my jam in the morning, even though I wouldn’t be against replacing it with something else less sugary.

That evening the same kind of thing happens. At the birthday party of a friend there’s a sumptuous cake that everyone loves. I eat a bite, but can’t eat more than that: it’s way, way too sweet.

Well, on the other hand, trust me, I thoroughly celebrated the cheese plate :)

Conclusion of conclusions

Before, I wasn’t very conscious of living in a world where everything was too sugary, and I had already been shoked by the bad taste of certain things, but not being paranoid or a control freak, I haden’t made it a huge deal.

The good part about my break – aside from mountains of peanut butter – was that it allowed me to reeducate my palate a tiny bit – it had become pretty insensitive to the taste of super sweet things. Seriously, it’s crazy for me not to finish a slice of cake – that literally never happens to me.
So to stop eating a brownie after one bit – that’s something completely new.

And it pleases me a lot – so I’m going to continue in this direction.
And while waiting… I will learn how to make brownies that aren’t sugary… And to make crepecakes with homemade whipped cream. What’s up Karl.

Where do you stand with sugar? What’s your average and what’s your limit? I’d be curious to see if I’m the only sugar addict (but in remission) around here…


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  • shoubbs December, 10 2013, 9:24 / Reply

    Ah le sucre… J’avoue que je suis un peu devenue une freak depuis que j’ai lu “Le sucre ou la vue” de Bruno Kleiner. En gros, il t’explique que le sucre raffiné n’est ni plus ni moins qu’un poison (rien que ça…) et surtout tu réalise à quel point il y a du sucre dans TOUT, y compris les produits industriels qui sont supposés être salés.

    Ca ne m’empechera pas de manger des M&M’s peanut butter, mais au moins, maintenant je sais et je mange en connaissance de cause.

    J’ai changé quelques petites choses chez moi: plus de sucre raffiné, c’est sirop d’agave pour le thé et café et rapadura pour les gâteaux (et en fait je fais de plus en plus de gâteaux sans sucre, très facile en fait et indécelable).

    En fait, c’est simple, mais hyper contraignant car ça implique de surtout manger ce que l’on prépare. Mais bon dans la mesure ou j’adoooooooooooore la patisserie, ça ne me dérange pas trop :)

  • andreea December, 10 2013, 9:24

    i don’t i could pull that off… :(

    http://littleaesthete.com

  • Pauline December, 10 2013, 9:31 / Reply

    Tu as sûrement entendu parler de cette étude selon laquelle le sucre est aussi addictif que la cocaine ? Tu l’illustres complètement ;).
    Je ne mange jamais de sucre, parce que j’ai justement perdu le goût du sucré à une période où je faisais attention (le sucre appelle le sucre, mais l’inverse marche aussi). Un rien m’écoeure ! Par contre, le fromage l’a un peu remplacé ;)

    Si tu cherches de temps en temps des alternatives sans sucre, il y a la purée d’amandes complètes qui est très chouette et sans sucre (un arrière gout de nutella). Et l’oatmeal, c’est divin mais avec du lait d’amande et un peu de stevia !

    C’est vrai que j’ai été stupéfaite à NY par la quantité de sucre dans tous les produits… Ca complique vraiment les choses !

    Bonne journée Garance

  • Garance December, 10 2013, 9:31

    La prochaine fois je me fais une semaine sans café !

  • Margareth December, 10 2013, 9:31

    The problem in the US is the quality of what is called “sugar”. The sweet in almost everything is High Fructose Corn Syrup and it affects the human insulin level -you don´t feel full, even if you have eaten enough. Its forbidden in Europe and dangerous for public health.

  • Sarah December, 10 2013, 9:31 / Reply

    Can’t live without sugar… in moderation of course ;)

    http://www.thecandidchronicles.wordpress.com

  • Anja December, 10 2013, 9:34 / Reply

    Hi there,

    I definitely have been a sugar addict up until two years ago. Then I started the 40 days and 40 nights Lent Thing and after that my stomach started reacting to everything with too much sugar. It got soooo sensitive to sugar that now, with almost 15 kilogram less weight (I lost it because of this Problem), my rule is 80/20. During the week I don’t eat any sugary things and during the weekend I eat a bit. But I always have to rinse my mouth with water afterwards, because really everything is sooooo sugary.
    I am happy and sad at the same time, because I really love chocolate, but what can I do????

    Greets from Anja :o)

  • Mafalda December, 10 2013, 9:39 / Reply

    Je suis une sucrivore et depuis toujours, j’admire les personnes qui ne l’aiment pas, car cela me rend un peu la vie difficile (cellulite, prise de poids, mauvais pour le foie et j’en passe). Moi aussi j’adore les gâteaux et le sucre, et j’ai tout essayé: l’aspartame, le fructose, la stévia (que j’ai arrêté depuis que j’ai vu que c’était fabriqué en Chine et bourré de pesticides)… Bref, je me suis mise au sucre bio complet, qui ressemble un peu à du terreau (c’est vrai), donc je culpabilise un peu moins quand j’en mets dans mes 50 Ricoré par jour… Et puis je bois un peu de thé sans sucre pour faire la fière!
    Mafalda ?
    http://www.mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr

  • Marie December, 10 2013, 9:41 / Reply

    Bel article ! J’ai pris beaucoup de plaisir à le lire.
    Je te rejoins sur le faite qu’un repas ne peut pas se terminer sans une touche de sucré. ;)
    Comme, le petit déjeuné est mon repas préféré de la matinée. Oh oui les délices des biscuits, des tartines à la confiture, du verre de jus de fruits… Yummy Yummy ;)
    Je suis une accro au sucre, mais je m’oblige des limites sauf au restaurant, surtout s’il y a de la tarte citron meringuée !

    xxx
    http://marieandmood.blogspot.fr/

  • Nath lafée December, 10 2013, 9:41 / Reply

    Merciiiiiiiiiii

    j’ai adoré l’article, ça ouvre vraiment les yeux sur un pb qu’on a tous deja plus ou moins pointé du doigt…demain je tente l’expérience pour moi aussi juger de mon état de dépendance…

    Nat

  • Monsieur J December, 10 2013, 9:42 / Reply

    Le sucre et la télé je les rangent au même endroit… Quand y’en a pas ça va très bien.
    La télé je m’en passe très très bien, je n’en ai plus depuis 20 ans (ok y a le net qui me sauve quand je déprime) mais dès qu’il y en a une allumé chez des amis ou dans un lieu publique, je suis complètement hypnotisé (quoi une drogue).
    Le chocolat, je peux pas acheter une plaque pour ramener à la maison, car entre la caisse du magasin et ma voiture elle a disparut (100gr en 3min) donc j’en prend deux la seconde à moins de 24h à passer chez moi. Je m’en passe très bien généralement, mais si j’ai une envie je m’en prive pas (maintenant que je suis à Paris je m’en passe encore plus facilement… oui le chocolat suisse est incomparable :P). Généralement je ne sucre pas mes boissons et j’évite les sodas (ouais je suis pas un moine non plus, j’évite).
    Mais il faut se faire plaisir, les frustrations c’est pire pour la santé ;)

  • Heather P. December, 10 2013, 9:49 / Reply

    I’m deep into the addiction to sugar – especially during the cold, dreary holiday season. It seems everything is made of sugar this time of year. Not to mention all the sweets I’ll be baking in a couple weeks for holiday parties!

    It’s something I would love to try and “reset,” as you say. Might be a good thing to try out before the holidays, when sugar seems to be at a frenzied level around here.

    I have already found that I like tea plain more so than coffee. In all honesty, I don’t even LIKE coffee, but when blasted with enough sugar and creamer, I can mask it. I know that’s wrong. Might have to invest in a good tea to get me through. :-)

  • Sophia December, 10 2013, 9:51 / Reply

    Garance! My hero! The one who will go without sugar when we others can’t.
    I’ve tried the same, I’m an ashamed sweet tooth and have gone successfully without sugar for a while. But then when I first indulged, I indulged repeatedly and now I’m off the wagon. It is difficult, especially as an American, to find foods that aren’t artificially sweetened. Even living in the UK is a disaster, and frequent trips to Switzerland, the land of chocolate, are even more devastating.
    Peanut butter is also my go-to replacement food for pretty much everything else “bad”. However in “mountains” of it, as you described, I have found that it is just as bad as the sugar.
    Help! Where are the substitutes? There are only so many carrots with hummus I can eat! Please let me know once you’ve discovered a feasible (and delicious) solution.

    Sophia
    http://traveltall.blogspot.co.uk/

  • myvoiceandyours December, 10 2013, 9:51

    Yep, took me only 33 years to figure that sugar is ADDICTIVE and fugs the brain. Here, in India- the levels of sugar in our sweets and desserts is cloyingly high. (Heard of our Jalebi’s? ..They are concentric rings held together with JUST sugar I think sometimes!- we make them sweet, fry em, then coat them in sweet syrup and FINALLY, dust powdered sugar on top :))

    Last year 2012, I met a wonderful nutritionist who gently nudged me on the highway to less sugar. I tried, ohh I tried so hard. Didnt work at all. And then, Garance- like you- I went cold turkey, for a week 1st and then later, for a month. NOW, that helped..Uhmm, I did cheat once or twice (it was a really longg month!) but at the end of it ..been almost 2 years now..i cant SCARF down the mounds of sweets I did earlier, most sweets REVOLT me to the extent that I JUST have to stop after a bite:))

  • Gene December, 10 2013, 9:53 / Reply

    I’ve been on the sugar in moderation train for years now. Too much makes my teeth and stomach hurt. As for baking (which I love to do) you can almost always cut the sugar a recipe calls for by a third or even a half and things taste just as good if not better because the other ingredients can be noticed.

  • Fanny December, 10 2013, 9:53

    if i bake i almost always only use half of the sugar that you find in the recipe.
    years ago i have also stopped putting sugar in my tea and about a one year ago also stopped putting sugar in my coffee.
    it’s the small things – i believe.
    if i eat chocolate, i eat the dark one. it’s not as sweet as the normal or even white chocolate and in my opinion it tastes so much better.

    i just started eating “clean”. have you heard about that, garance? I really like the idea, and when i vitisted the states this summer i bought a book about it and more or less since then have been trying to follow all the rules of clean eating. i feel so mich better!

  • Suze December, 10 2013, 9:53

    For me it’s also sugar in moderation – especially because I notice when I eat it more I crave more and eat more etc. When I eat it in moderation I don’t have such cravings.
    And yes! Totally with you on the baking. Especially when I get recipes from American websites, mannn those usually call for a lot of sugar.

  • Jenny Su December, 10 2013, 9:54 / Reply

    I really think this is your taste buds “growing up”. I used to scarf down a whole thing of oreos but now, I eat five and get a headache. I hate it! My body literally will not let me be the junk-food enthusiast I used to be. Ah, to be young again…

  • Su December, 10 2013, 9:56 / Reply

    Le sucre c’est comme le sel si on eduque son palais et on diminue la cantité aprés quelque temps tout parais trop sucré óu trop salé!!! C’est quando on commence á n’aimer que nottre nourriture maison! tu est prete pour te metre aux fourneaux?

  • Caroline December, 10 2013, 9:57 / Reply

    Bonjour Garance,

    Ton post tombe à pic, cela fait justement 2 mois que je ne mange plus de sucres (ou presque)… Tout cela est parti d’un constat de très grande fatigue, souvent après les repas d’ailleurs, et d’une consultation chez un médecin hors de prix suivie d’examens médicaux hors de prix (et non remboursées par la sécu, youpi!), le tout pour apprendre que j’avais une candidose chronique.
    On m’a donc prescrit un régime sans sucre sans gluten sans lactose. Sachant que j’ai pas mal d’intolérances alimentaires à côté, il ne me reste plus grand chose à manger… Les premiers jours furent hyper durs, j’étais de très mauvaise humeur et j’avais sans cesse faim (les amandes, ça ne nourrit pas tant que ça). Aussi, il a fallu arrêter de manger dehors le midi et de se faire des lunchbox (le bonheur, se cuire des plats chauds à 8h le matin tout en se maquillant). Faire ses courses quasi exclusivement chez Naturalia (découvrir le prix de la viande bio et, pire encore, du poisson bio…). Redouter les dîners chez les amis. Les mondanités (sans alcool, c’est moins marrant). Avoir faim. Partir en vacances et ne pas savoir ce qu’on a le droit de manger dans un pays étranger. Regarder sur Internet et tomber sur des sites Internet très déprimants. Etre mal conseillée (cf. les sites Internet et le médecin hors de prix pas du tout disponible).
    Et puis, s’y faire. Retomber dedans régulièrement quand même (malgré tout ce qu’on peut dire, on ne se déshabitue pas complètement du goût du sucre). Devenir super forte en cuisine “alternative”. Se dire qu’on devrait écrire un blog sur le sujet…
    Bref, merci de parler de ta cure sans sucre, j’ai hâte de lire les commentaires de tes lectrices!

  • tiphaine December, 10 2013, 9:59 / Reply

    Merci d’avoir partagé cette expérience, c’est vrai qu’on a tendance à oublier à quel point tout est hyper sucré! Ca me donne envie d’essayer aussi cette histoire de semaine sans sucre, je vais vraiment m’y mettre (après les fêtes hein) :)

    Bonne fin de semaine Garance!

    xo tiphaine

  • Gina December, 10 2013, 10:00 / Reply

    This post really hit home today. I had managed to get rid of my terrible sweet tooth until a couple of years ago, when I lost a lot of weight from illness and started to compensate with sweets. I managed to keep it under control for a while by trying to avoid buying it, despite my significant other, who has the tastes of a five-year-old when it comes to food, until I had to stop drinking alcohol completely because of my medication, when I was overcome by sugar cravings, facilitated now by being at myfather’s house for my grandfather’s funeral, when grief and stepmother tension force us all to retreat to the pantry she has filled completely with junk. I just woke up to see the ravages that lastnight’s licorice feast has done to my skin.

  • Ana December, 10 2013, 10:00 / Reply

    je suis absolument certaine d’être completement viciée.
    Ma journée d’hier, par exemple: petit déjeuner hier: 5 petit beurres LU et café aulait (sans sucre), déjeuner: bonbons, 75g chocolat et tarte au poulet, 5 petits beurres l’après midi et diner (sain, ouuufff) soupeaux légumes, saumon, épinards et 1/2 orange.
    aujourd’hui j’ai déjà mangé 75g de chocolat et un chausson aux pommes….

    il faut que je fasse un détox, je sais…

  • Camilla Rose December, 10 2013, 10:01 / Reply

    I cut down on refined sugar years ago and every time I eat other people’s cakes or get a muffin at a cafe it tastes awful! I just loathe milk chocolate these days when I used to adore it, 75% is about as sweet as I will happily go. I’m a cook and I recommend Xylitol to anyone thinking of cutting down on sugar, it has a scary name that makes you think it is a fabricated sweetener but it’s actually a natural sugar extracted from birch bark. It has a completely different molecular structure from cane sugar and is actually good for dental health as well as having 33% fewer calories. Anyway, for when you want to sweeten your cream it comes highly recommended. It has a slightly lighter, fresher taste than cane sugar and no nasty aftertaste.

  • M Ruth December, 10 2013, 10:01

    I used to looove xylitol as a substitute when they made it from birch sugar… do you know where to get it from birch sugar now? My local source only carries xylitol made from corn… oh noooo!

  • Sunny Side December, 10 2013, 10:04 / Reply

    Je n’ai jamais été très sucrée. Mais quand j’ai arrêté de fumer ça m’est tombé dessus grave ! je dévorais des petits pains chocolat au lait, même la nuit ! J’ai paniqué et découvert que le poivron rouge était sucré alors j’en ai mangé des tonnes pour calmer, cuits au four à l’italienne ou cru en urgence. La seule chose que j’ai découverte c’était de consommer pendant une semaine ou deux énormément de protéines (poissons, crevettes, un peu de viande)Cette fichue envie de sucre a disparu en journée et le soir. j’étais sidérée.

  • erny December, 10 2013, 10:07 / Reply

    Je ne répondrai pas à la question de savoir où j’en suis avec le sucre… je me contenterai juste de dire que pour ma pause de 10h je me suis dis “tiens si j’allais voir ce qu’il en est sur le blog de Garance pendant que je mange mon baklava” … je crois que tout est dit ;)

  • Veronique K December, 10 2013, 10:07

    Moi aussi, j’ai lu l’excellent article de Garance en dégustant, non pas un baklava (je n’en avais pas sous la main…) mais un yaourt+biscuit muesli+sirop d’érable, à savoir, lait+sucre+gluten !
    Un doux suicide !
    Bravo Garance, je n’ai pas votre courage.

    Tiens, si je me faisait des frites !?!

  • aisha December, 10 2013, 10:07

    essayez de venir habiter au MAROC, le royaume du sucre où même les tajines sont souvent salé-sucré , et où le concept de ne manger qu’un seul gateau baqlawa ou autre n’éxiste pas ( c’est la rangée ou rien )
    :))

  • andriana December, 10 2013, 10:08 / Reply

    Your story sounds so familiar….

    It’s an addiction! And it’s SO true that nowadays, sugar is everywhere! I was shocked when I realized how much sugar there is in my “healthy” cereals. It’s a completely different task to manage to control – avoid it…

    The bottom line for me is that I love sugar when I choose to have it… not hidden in my “healthy choices”. I also try to substitute it with honey where possible….

  • Jodie December, 10 2013, 10:10 / Reply

    I really love chocolate (especially with marzipan and nougat) and I eat it every day. But unfortunately, the chocolate is too sweet than in Europe. Even some imported ones, but I think they change the taste to meet american standards (super sweet;)). Also, every (birthday) cake is way to sweet (so I typically bake my own cakes AND use less sugar.)

    But if you (try to) compensate, than you may have other bad things, e.g. fat.

  • M Ruth December, 10 2013, 10:10

    You are so right. They do add sugar to products for America… even the wine! However I respectfully disagree about fat being as bad as sugar… good fats like olive oil and coconut oil and even organic butter/cream aren’t bad for you like sugar/corn syrup is bad for you. That’s a myth that even the head of nutrition at Harvard (Dr Willett) says “stop telling people to eat a low fat diet!”

  • Mandy December, 10 2013, 10:18 / Reply

    Mhhh this is not a bad idea… not at all! I should try it, but it will be very hard.
    I think I am more addicted to sugar then I believe myself to be. Let’s find out!

  • Lisa December, 10 2013, 10:19 / Reply

    je confirme Garance, les fruits ça ne compte pas ! ;-) c’est du “bon” sucre, naturel… et puis les fruits apportent un tas d’autres bonnes choses (des fibres, des vitamines…)

    je suis passée par les mêmes questionnements (et les mêmes constatations déprimantes) à propos du sucre et j’ai bien du me rendre à l’évidence : je suis droguée du sucre. je ne fume pas, je ne bois pas (enfin, disons pas tous les jours), mais je bave devant les vitrines des pâtisseries !

    du coup j’essaie de privilégier (ce que je considère comme) les “bons” sucres : les fruits, le chocolat noir (et seulement le noir), le miel. ça c’est dans la théorie parce qu’en réalité évidemment je ne refuse pas une poignée de biscuits au goûter, évidemment j’essaie toujours de partager un dessert avec quelqu’un au restau…

    j’essaie aussi de faire attention au moment où je mange du sucre, as-tu entendu parler de la chrono-nutrition ? ce n’est pas un régime à proprement parler puisqu’on mange ce qu’on veut, mais pas à n’importe quel moment. par exemple le matin le corps à besoin de gras donc si on mange du beurre et du fromage au ptit déj, le corps l’utilise directement donc ne le stocke pas. pour le sucre, le meilleur moment c’est justement au goûter : l’organisme va mieux métaboliser le sucre dans l’après-midi puisqu’il en a besoin à ce moment là.

    merci pour ton compte-rendu en tout cas Garance, il est peut-être temps que je fasse un check-up moi aussi et que j’arrête quelques jours pour voir où j’en suis !

  • shani December, 10 2013, 10:21 / Reply

    I’m following a diet where I am restricted to 100 sugar calories a day, other than allowed foods. I’ve found it super challenging because I do have a sweet tooth, and unlike you, don’t find the foods too sweet when I finally indulge in a bit (or two ;) ).

    But it’s at least nice to know you can do it, right?

    Shani x
    http://shedreamsinperfectfrench.com

  • fifi December, 10 2013, 10:23 / Reply

    I really believe that in a few years from now, people will look on having toxic refined sugar like poisoning yourself with a cigarette…
    In my experience, giving up sugar is more or less like giving up smoking – you really crave hard for a few days or a week, but after that it becomes gross (until the next relapse, then you start from square one again). I really don’t miss sugary snacks now, though I have discovered a fabulous product for those moments when you want something indulgent and yummy – but that is also healthy: http://ombar.co.uk – vegan, low GI and processed sugar free – a total miracle! seriously, it’s better than real chocolate – esp the strawberries and cream one, and the coconut cream mylk one, sooo good!!

  • Reduction December, 10 2013, 10:26 / Reply

    Super article comme toujours

  • Emily December, 10 2013, 10:30 / Reply

    I’m very “sugar-sensitive,” too. It actually ties into your other post about apples/pears — apple-shaped women tend to be more sensitive to carbohydrates. It all ties into metabolic goings-on.

    At any rate, I’m baking a lot lately, and these ginger cookies are always a hit. They’re vegan and gluten-free, and the easiest cookie I’ve ever made, ever: http://ephares.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/ginger-cookies/

    I’m just mentioning them because you talk about ginger cookies, and these are actually quite low in sugar but taste amazing. Enjoy!

  • SueM December, 10 2013, 10:30

    Thank you!

  • Curiosités à NY December, 10 2013, 10:31 / Reply

    Difficile de faire la chasse au sucre ici quand tu vois que certaines marques ont besoin de preciser sur le paquet de pain de mie ou le saumon fumé qu’ils sont sans sucres !!!! Mais moi je suis un bec salé donc la plupart de mes journées se passent sans aucun sucre rapide ! (mais je me rattrape sur le fromage et le bacon… c’est pas mieux!)
    http://curiosites-futilites-new-york.com

  • Mariam December, 10 2013, 10:32 / Reply

    To make your oatmeal a little tastier, try using milk (instead of water), sprinkling in a little cinnamon, a spoon of honey, and some sliced apples before you pop it in the microwave. It’s delicious and healthy! :)

  • Q December, 10 2013, 10:33 / Reply

    I have the worst sweet tooth!…. but for candies….. I don’t do sugar in any hot drink and I never feel the need for cookies or chocolate…. but good old fashion candies???…..Always!!!!!
    I KNOW I am due a detox…..I dread it!!!!… well done G!,……….. I will tackle my smoking first and then…. sugar….. or not?….. you gotta have at least one vice right????… I don’t drink…. so what will I be left with without sugar???…… oh yeah!.. my teeth!

    http://www.myclayexperience.com/

  • jenny December, 10 2013, 10:34 / Reply

    Everything is sweetened! It is terrible what is worse so much of it is sweetened with corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup. Some people think corn syrup is terrible and I don’t know about that, but I do know that I feel so much better when I don’t touch. I can feel good with normal amounts of sugar, but too much of that or any corn syrup? blech. Food in America is crazy.

  • Alexandra December, 10 2013, 10:34 / Reply

    I used to have a sweet tooth, but then realized that the less sugar I consume, the less I crave it. And I love oatmeal in the morning—I make it from scratch in the microwave—with a drop of half-and-half, a generous powdering of Saigon cinnamon, and sometimes a banana. Yum!!!

  • Katherine December, 10 2013, 10:35 / Reply

    Sugar isn’t the problem – my Acchiles heel is salty/crunchy. I’ve never met a bowl of Doritos I didn’t like.

    And I agree about desserts and prepared foods in the US. Everything is heavily (over)sweetened. I’m lucky enough to have access to farms and gardens with (free) fruit make my own jam, which is a huge luxury in Chicago. Making jam is a lot easier than it sounds and you can use as much or as little sugar as you want. And the end product is indescribably more delicious than a store-bought jar.

  • SueM December, 10 2013, 10:38 / Reply

    Good morning, haven’t posted in ages (still a reader though) but this post was TOO timely for me.
    I have never thought of myself as having a sweet tooth per se because I’m not a huge chocolate fan, (heresy I know) and never add sugar to hot drinks, I’m more into caramel things, which I think of as salty. We hardly ever have dessert with dinner, and as long as something isn’t in the house I can live without it. The problem, which I’ve just had a lightbulb moment about this week, is that I always MISS something after dinner because I was raised with dessert, so eventually I will buy ice cream, or squares or something ostensibly for visiting family and then for days afterwards I will eat it and when it’s gone, buy something similar for my husband and I and finish that until I come to my senses. (!) This week it happened again (holiday baking) and I made my own salted caramel sauce, but after I ate it I felt horrible. Not oh-my-god-I-can’t-believe-I-ate-that horrible, but physically ill and tired.
    I have always assumed that my struggle with dessert was mental and this is the first time I can see it is actually a physical thing, but not to shift the responsibility to someone other than myself, I will have to listen more closely to my body in order to feel better.
    It’s so interesting the link between our minds and bodies regarding health. For me, I have to understand a concept intellectually in order for it to become part of my life, but it never really “works” until I feel it in my bones-and heart!
    Good luck to both of us! XO

  • zephir December, 10 2013, 10:50 / Reply

    j’ai arrêté le sucre, pour cause de candidose chronique aussi, et j’ai perdu 5 kilos (de trop) en 1 mois…

  • Julie December, 10 2013, 10:56 / Reply

    I don’t eat a lot of sugar, so when I do, I feel sick. Most of my sugar intake comes from fruit or fruit juice. But if I drink a soda I get the jitters and a terrible headache (it’s not from caffeine, because I only drink sprite). I recommend Maria’s blog, it has TONS of sugar-free recipes! They’re delicious, too! http://mariamindbodyhealth.com/

  • marina December, 10 2013, 10:58 / Reply

    Je dis toujours que je ne suis pas trop sucré, c´est vrai dans le frigo je vais plutot me diriger vers une tartine jambon, des olives, des trucs salés mais ca c´etait avant l´Allemagne et les gâteaux trop beaux trop bons, les Haribo Balla-balla…
    Et puis petit retour en France, je squatte chez ma cousine a Grasse, elle est plutot bio/ecolo/organo/yogo… PAs moi!!! Mais là elle me sort un paquet de Gerblé attention, noix de Pécan sirop d´erable!! Trop bons!! J´ai acheté 3 paquets et suis rentrée chez moi!!! ou presque…
    - 61% de sucres**
    - 55% d’acides gras saturés**
    Huile végétale sélectionnée non hydrogénée : 100% colza
    Riche en fibres
    Sans colorant
    Sans conservateur*
    Arômes exclusivement naturels
    Farine issue de blés :
    - conservés sans traitement
    - cultivés localement (100% origine France)
    Boîte en carton recyclé et recyclable )

    Je suis in love! Je te les conseille tellement et fais une réserve hein!

  • Gabrielle December, 10 2013, 11:04 / Reply

    Dear Garance, you are not alone, hello my name is Gabrielle and I’m a sugar addict! I just can’t live without chocolate and in winter time we make a lot of “Glühwein” and without adding sugar it just doesn’t taste right. And I love Christmas cookies and gingerbread and ice cream, ah well the list goes on ;-) But the key for me is “balance”. I actually really eat very healthy stuff and do a lot of yoga, so my weight is not an issue and I actually think, it’s healthier to eat some sugar and have some fun instead of being miserable on a life long diet. xxx

  • Elizabeth December, 10 2013, 11:04 / Reply

    Sugar is addictive, this has been proven. The good news is that if you can avoid it for just ten days your tastes will change & sugar will taste nasty (also works for coffee & salt). Of course it is very easy to become addicted again, but there are so many other things to eat. It’s very difficult in America where everything is so so sweet (bread, butter, tomato pasta sauce…). The other thing that helps is to understand that if you eat enough protein (not tons, but enough), you don’t get the feeling that you need a sugar boost (which turns into a post sugar low, which makes you want more sugar). Also to understand how much is habit; at certain times or in certain places & think of a better snack. As for food on the move, I carry small bags of non-salted nuts (pistachios, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts) which are protein rich & so energy dense that you don’t need many.

    I’m not usually a conspiracy theorist, but ask yourself in whose interest it is to sell us more and more food & sugary drinks….

  • Isa December, 10 2013, 11:07 / Reply

    Le seul truc vivable pour moi pour l’instant, c’est de remplacer le sucre par du xylitol… J’en ai toujours sur moi. C’est difficile a doser mais au moins je ne me ruine plus la sante… Pour eviter les sucres qu ‘on ne voit pas, manger beaucoup de grillades et de legumes frais et eviter les yaourts et fromages tous les jours…

  • Mary Ann December, 10 2013, 11:12 / Reply

    Love this post, and empathize completely. Several years ago, my husband and I tried the South Beach Diet phase 1 as a quick way to drop 5 or 10 pounds. No carbs, no sugar, little or no fruit. We both exercise quite a bit and are usually very relaxed. At the end of week 1, after a yelling match over something stupid, we realized zero carbs did not work for us and ditched the diet (lost 5 pounds). Here’s the amazing thing. That single week of deprivation changed our eating habits – well maybe just mine – forever (+5 years and counting). We did not need (wonderful, multigrain) bread with olive oil before/with dinner at home. That’s now saved for restaurants. Commercial peanut butter tastes incredibly salty and sugar loaded. The “natural” version is flavorful with no additives. Small pieces of dark chocolate in the evening – or dark chocolate coated almonds – fill the dessert void. Strawberries can taste incredibly sweet. We’re “good” 75% of the time, and “bad” for the remainder – a huge improvement.

  • Di December, 10 2013, 11:12 / Reply

    Hah, you’re definitely not the one!
    The other week I tried to do the same and, well, I failed :(
    But this same feeling also chases me know every time I eat a chocolate bar (ok, today I ate 2 chocolate bars (200 gr each!!!!), but It doesn’t stop me anyway. Does this mean I’m a true junkie??? If so then I totally need help, what can I do?
    (And I wrote this on my way to get some more choc and macaroons, sight)

  • Nina December, 10 2013, 11:15 / Reply

    Je ne pense pas être accro au sucre, en revanche mon copain pourrait facilement le devenir! A 23 ans, il adore les bonbons et sucre systématiquement (et beaucoup) son thé. Alors bien sûr, si j’ai du chocolat sous le nez, il va pas faire long feu. Mais je n’en achète quasiment jamais, ni de biscuits, ou même de snacks salés (qui sont tout aussi mauvais pour la santé, bourrés d’huile de palme et autre joyeusetés!)
    Alors oui, j’ai par moment des fringales, des envies de manger compulsives, mais comme je n’ai rien sous la main (ou alors des fruits secs), je ne risque rien. Je n’aime pas le fromage et je suis loin d’être fan de yaourts, donc pas de risque de ce côté là. Si vraiment je sens que j’ai envie de manger , je bois une tasse de thé (non sucré, ou avec du miel) et l’envie finit par passer.
    Je fais des gâteaux de temps en temps, ils contiennent certes du sucre, mais j’essaie d’éviter le sucre raffiné dans la mesure du possible. En plus, l’effort à fournir pour faire quelque chose d’aussi “futile” que des gâteaux, ainsi que la vaisselle derrière, me découragent souvent!
    Mais comme personne n’est parfait, mon problème à moi c’est que je sale souvent trop mes plats…

  • mo December, 10 2013, 11:16 / Reply

    Je n’ai jamais été trop fan de sucre mais j’ai eu la révélation le jour où j’ai arrêté de mettre du sucre dans mon café il y a 10 ans parce que je buvais trop de café et que je voulais pas faire d’overdose de sucre. Maintenant, je ne peux même plus imaginer mettre du sucre dans mon café. Parfois, j’ai des envies de sucre et je m’empiffre de gateaux libanais au miel et puis overdose et plus de sucre pendant un mois ou presque. En parlant de compensation, j’ai remarqué que depuis que j’ai arrêté de fumer, j’ai besoin de sucre pour finir mon repas, surtout le soir… Bizarre… Enfin, un carré de chocolat me suffit alors qu’avant nada !

  • Justine December, 10 2013, 11:16

    Exactement pareil! Avant je n’étais pas obligée de finir par une touche sucrée…. Puis j’ai limité ma consommation de cigarette et depuis que je ne fume plus après le dinner, j’ai systématiquement besoin d’´un dessert! Dingue!!!

    By the way, je ne savais même pas qu’on éduquait son palais au sucre! Dingue tout ce qu’on apprend ici! ^^

  • Gaelle B. December, 10 2013, 11:19 / Reply

    Je crois que cette folie sucrée est encore plus vraie en cette période !
    A chaque coin du bureau, une boite de rocher au chocolat est prête à se jeter toute nue dans ta bouche !
    Sans parler des petits gâteaux alsaciens bourrés de sucre ET de beurre que nous avons reçus en cadeau !
    Bref, c’est un foutu guet-apens, et moi qui ne mange que très peu de sucreries, je suis devenue dingo en quelques jours. J’avale des quantités impressionnantes de cochonneries sucrées en grasses.
    C’est ce que j’appelle la préparation de mon estomac aux 12 jours de Noël !
    Les jours de folies qui vont du réveillon de Noël à la Galette des Rois de l’Epiphanie !
    Vivement janvier et la folie détox !

  • jaime December, 10 2013, 11:21 / Reply

    I quick sugar 16 months ago. I went to see this woman, a kinesiologist who does nutritional response testing. She told me I would likely feel 100% better if I kicked sugar. She. was. right!
    I can still have raw honey, coconut sugar, maple sugar, and fruits and wine … but NO refined sugars, cane sugar or juice (even organic) or anything with added sugars. Nothing processed. It was really hard for the 1st x 3 weeks… I felt like a drug addict going through detox. But once it was out of my system, I no longer craved it. I mean really! I have (local) raw honey spread on my tartines in the morning, and for that chocolate fix, there are some raw and sugar free alternatives (not the ones with Sorbitol which act as a laxative, yikes)! HU makes the best. It’s raw cacoa with coconut sugar and sea salt (it’s on 14th St. & 5th Ave and they make all kinds of things without sugar, grains, or anything processed). It’s more expensive, but you eat less of it as it satisfies more, and so it lasts longer. My skin, digestion, sleep, fatigue are all in check…. and that hadn’t been the case, really ever! I don’t think I’ll ever go back! xo

  • Tiph December, 10 2013, 11:23 / Reply

    J’ai adoré ton post sur le sucre (comme beaucoup d’autres d’ailleurs :-)
    J’ai fait un peu comme toi il y a longtemps mais naturellement. Je n’aimais que le sucré, les gâteaux, les desserts, le chocolat. Et puis tout doucement, peut-être avec l’âge, mon palais m’a imposé du changement. Tout doucement, je me suis mise à préférer un bon morceau de fromage à un gâteau très sucré, j’ai arrêté de sucrer mon thé, j’ai changé mon dessert sucré après repas contre un yaourt nature sans sucre et j’ai gardé mon carré de chocolat le soir mais jamais moins de 76% de cacao. Je ne sais pas vraiment pourquoi, juste je trouvais que le goût était trop sucré et ces nouvelles options sont venues simplement. Le matin pareil, je suis passée d’une tartine de confiture bien sucrée sans beurre à une tartine avec uniquement un peu de beurre ou du St Môret, j’adore (même si ça dégoute beaucoup de gens). Et le week-end, je rajoute de la confiture sur ma tartine de beurre mais uniquement celle que fait ma mère où il n’y a quasiment pas de sucres (je ne supporte plus celles du commerce = trop sucrées).
    Donc, comme toi j’ai constaté qu’en fonction de notre consommation de sucre, notre goût et notre désir de sucre changent.
    Pour autant, il faut toujours que je finisse mon repas par un dessert. A la maison, un yaourt nature ou un fruit et mon carré de chocolat me suffisent. Au resto, il n’y a pas cette possibilité là, souvent mes amis ne veulent plus rien et je finis par prendre un dessert trop sucré qui m’écœure et qui me fait passer une nuit comme toi après ton crepecake :-)

  • Noé December, 10 2013, 11:24 / Reply

    J’ai réussi à éradiquer le sucre de mon alimentation. Enfin, quand je dis “sucre”, je parle du sucre nocif qu’on rajoute dans les gâteaux, dans son café, etc. Je n’en ai pas dans mes placards, ni de sel d’ailleurs. Quand je fais des gâteaux, s’ils sont fades, j’utilise du sirop d’agave.
    Je mange énormément de fruits. 8 bananes par jour, 4 clémentines, 2 kiwi, 3 pommes… Après des heures et des jours de recherche à ce sujet, j’ai vu que le “sucre” des fruits n’est pas nocif. Non, il ne cause pas de caries ni de diabète. Les caries sont dues à l’acidité de notre bouche, le diabète au trop plein de gras (eh oui !). En plus, les fruits sont rassasiants, ça évite justement les mauvaises tentations.
    Du coup, je suis devenue hyper sensible au sucre industriel et je n’aime plus vraiment les choses ultra sucrées.

    Si tu veux une recette d’un brownie délicieux et prêt en 5 minutes – sans sucre, et végan en plus ;-) – tu peux aller ici : Végébon.

    Tu vas y arriver, manger moins de sucre, c’est tout à fait possible ! En plus, c’est plaisant de retrouver le vrai goût des choses :-)

    Noé,
    Couleur Spleen.

  • Lisa December, 10 2013, 11:26 / Reply

    I’ve always had a natural intolerance to sweet, preferring savory any day.
    To me everything is waaaayyy too sweet.
    It’s ridiculous that everyone needs to have the sugar. American’s eat too much sugar, therefore the alternative is the synthetic and worse-for-you fake sugars. Get off the sugar people! I very rarely have sugar in my diet, I only drink the very occasional soda, don’t eat sweets, and don’t feel the need to eat sweets, except on occasion – parties, holidays. The same actually goes for salt. I prefer cooking at home so I control what I put into my food. Everything has too much sugar and too much salt.
    We need to shift and reboot our palates! Spices and herbs are a wonderful alternative for flavor. And real sugar is not actually bad for you. It’s the binging on one item that’s bad for you.

    http://midclasssocialite.blogspot.com/

  • Meghan December, 10 2013, 11:26

    Yes, humans were never meant to have this much sugar in their diet anyway, so it makes sense that our current insane overages would wreck havoc on our systems. Just a small exercise like this, though, can teach the body new patterns, and change the palette. Good luck!

  • Mallory December, 10 2013, 11:47 / Reply

    This year we realized that I have some intolerance to sugar…and it has been so hard giving it up. I lasted for a couple months…fighting the same cravings you fought and trying to find alternatives. I just went off of refined sugar so I still let myself have drizzles of honey and pure maple syrup in my oatmeal or fruit (p.s. steel-cut oatmeal is better than regular (in my opinion) and if you add peanut/almond butter and dried cranberries it is DIVINE…no sugar!) Of course my resolve weakened, and before you know it, my tastes had acclimated back and (even though it would give me terrible headaches) I was soon eating sugar. Lately I’ve forced myself back off. I follow blogs for bakers who don’t eat refined sugar and am finding recipes to work. So hard, but very worth it. Coffee and red wine help. Also — since you also share the late-night sweet munchies with me — I’ve discovered that warm milk with a drizzle of honey and spice is the PERFECT fixer-upper…creamy and yummy and less sugary than ice cream.

    Let me know how your adventure goes! It’s hard but I feel so much better when I’m sugar-free!

  • jamie @ arugulaholic December, 10 2013, 11:52 / Reply

    I, like you, always have a sweet tooth but I really try to limit refined sugar since it does mess with EVERYTHING. It’s such an addiction and it’s no surprise that Americans have such health issues. But, yes, so crazy how you can train yourself to become sweet-sensitive! Great post, you make me laugh.

  • MariaTru December, 10 2013, 11:56 / Reply

    Oh, you are not the only one. :) And I really struggle with my addiction, I love chocolate. No, I really, really love chocolate, as in I’m addicted to it. But sugar influences my skin and it becomes a disaster if I eat more than a square of chocolate in a couple of days. It’s really killing me.

  • Nini piccola December, 10 2013, 12:00 / Reply

    Your comment about “unsweetened” being a secondary option is soooo true! It requires effort to find these items at the grocery store. That is partly why our population keeps on “growing”…. Yes, sugar is baaaad! If you need a daily chocolate hit however, you should try eating a couple of squares , ok three, of Lindt 70% cacao. The 80% cacao is just too bitter for me. This chocolate contains minimal sugar and I feel that since it lowers blood pressure it’s almost like a medicine!

  • l'expat de biarritz December, 10 2013, 12:04 / Reply

    Ok, je relève le défi, je vais essayer pour voir (mais bon, même pas en rêve je tiens 5 jours). Mais je commence demain, parce-que là je dois finir mon encas frenchy préféré : une barre de chocolat noir dans du pain :p

  • Philosof December, 10 2013, 12:09 / Reply

    You are absolutely adorable.
    Sugar is a very finicky thing: it is a love/hate type of thing. We all love it, but then we all hate it, as well–I guess, that is the magic of refined sugar.

    I’m so proud of you for taking this sugarless trial, and coming out almost triumphant–well, at least, you reeducated your palate.

    Thank you for sharing such a charming story,

    http://thephilosof.wordpress.com

  • Ma numesc Bucuresti December, 10 2013, 12:13 / Reply

    Brilliant! It may have something to do with your astrological sign, I am a Taurus as well and I faced the same problem and did a similar ”rehab” ritual. Now I am off the swetest of sweets but I am still a huge chocolate fun. I love the way you write.

  • Nat December, 10 2013, 12:15 / Reply

    Dear Garance,
    It´s absolutely amazing to read on your blog about what I had on my mind but didn´t channel. seriously, keep those long posts coming, my fav part of the day.

    Oh, sugar.

    A dear friend of mine who is a dancer and my yoga teacher forwarded this link to me. I know, it´s a LONG video and you probably know it, but it really changed my way of dealing with sugar. I still eat it, God, of course, but I now know what I am doing there. To understand that it´s sugar, and not fat, that causes all the cardiovascular diseases all around the world and that our liver deals with it like if it was poison, opened up my eyes on that matter. Just the fact that the asian population starts facing the same rising rates of cardiovascular diseases since adapting to the western diet freaked me out.

    Here is the link. It´s worth to sit through it, in the end it´s easier to deal with what we put in our bodies.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

  • de passage December, 10 2013, 12:19 / Reply

    Je t’admire d’avoir essayé. Personnellement, j’ai une poche pleine de bonbons dans mon sac à main tellement je suis accro au sucre. Je pense que je pourrais jamais me sevrer.

  • Helene J. Rugiero December, 10 2013, 12:19 / Reply

    En fait le reste de ce qu’on mange, meme quand on “arrete le sucre” entretien les pulsions sucrees, donc pour eviter les re crackages il faut repenser toute son alimentation.
    Attention, ca ne veut pas dire se punir!
    Moi par exemple, j’ai passe les 35 1eres annees de ma vie a penser tres sincerement que j’avais BESOIN de sucre, que c’etait ma nature, et a ne pas faire le lien avec le fait d’etre 1/trop GROSSE, et 2/ tout le temps fatiguee ou raplapla…
    Puis j’ai essaye le Engine2 Diet pendant 28 jours, et ca a changé ma vie…Et tous mes gouts alimentaire!
    (non, je n’ai pas d’actions E2!).
    Ca modifie completement l’alimentation et surtout, meme si on ne reste pas vegan apres, ca permets de comprendre vraiment l’impact de la nourriture en generale et du sucre en particulier sur notre vie, notre sante, nos humeurs etc…
    Pour moi, ca a ete une revolution!

  • Audrea Rachelle December, 10 2013, 12:26 / Reply

    This is hilarious to me because I too decided to go off sugar right after Thanksgiving!! UGH!! What a nightmare! I was craving, I was eating everything else to stop the craving, I was having a lot of coffee & tea and I was SO ANGRY! haha!!!

  • fashionsphinx December, 10 2013, 12:33 / Reply

    I became very aware of the insane amounts of sugar and salt we consume on a daily basis a long time ago and have since cut it all out , going for low glycemic sugars such as coconut blossom sugar or raw agave, which are just as sweet but do not give you cravings after.

    If you cheat your body with fake sweeteners , your body will continue to crave it. So best give it a bit of the good types of sugar and your body will be content and will not obsess .

    I have reached a point where all I can drink in the morning is a double espresso , no sugar, anything else has become too sweet !

    and yes, I agree that in america sugar is everywhere , i am very careful to only buy unsweetened almond milk , I never eat chewing gum or sugarless candy and I avoid frozen sugarless fat free everything including yogurts and froyos…sugar is everywhere.

    i think you should go back to a simple diet of basics for a while, foods that have not been “transformed”, in order to get you body “intelligence ” back

    and ban all snacks from the studio except for raw almonds ( those really work when you have a sugar craving ) and fresh fruits with low glyquemic index : strawberries, blueberries,grapes,cherries…..

    and when you are really desperate for sugar , take some spirulina tablets, they will give you a boost and your cravings will go. Fresh coconut is also good to take away the cravings.

    http://www.fashionsphinx.com

  • Alyssa December, 10 2013, 12:35 / Reply

    I love anything sweet! I find it hard to turn down sugary treats (specially pastries!), but I’ve recently challenged myself to go without meat for a month and along with that, give up sweets. The meat wasn’t so hard, it was really the sugar that was most difficult. I stopped drinking soda/juice completely though… baby steps, right?

  • andreavytlacilova December, 10 2013, 12:40 / Reply

    Haha, loving your posts! And you are such a talented artist, Garance! :)

    ANDREA VYTLACILOVA blog

  • Manon December, 10 2013, 12:52 / Reply

    Complétement accro au sucre: impossible de m’en passer. Sinon j’ai besoin de kilo de lait concentré sucré pour compenser le manquer que j’ai eu pendant qqs jours. Et prtant j’ai une alimentation super saine, équilibrée et que je surveille énormément. Mais je suis obligée de faire avec ma sweet tooth

    Par ailleurs, j’aime bien la petite fossette que tu as dessinée. Bientôt tu dessineras des rides?? Vieillir est un truc qui me fait horriblement peur (eh oui, chez les danseuses, ça commence tôt!!) et je crois que, si tes dessins montraient des rides, ça m’aiderait à composer avec cette peur :-)

  • Ln December, 10 2013, 1:04 / Reply

    Je sais qu encore une fois mon commentaire ne sera pas publié mais ce n est pas mon but
    Je suis medecin et cette mode d intolérance au sucre gluten etc me désespère
    Nous sommes des mammifères. Omnivores et tous les aliments sont nécessaires au fonctionnement de notre corps glucides lipides et protides trouves dans tous les végétaux et viandes et poissons. Il me semble que ces histoires d intolérances alimentaires vont avec l intolérance ambiante entre hommes Alors surtout continuez a manger du sucre a boire du vin ou autre a vous régaler de pâtes et a partager de délicieux repas entre amis ou en famille. En toute tolérance.
    Bonne journée. Dr L

  • Stefanie December, 10 2013, 1:06 / Reply

    This is exactly where I’m at right now. I lasted a couple of weeks without sugar before Thanksgiving, but then I made cinnamon rolls and pumpkin pie! Now, it’s like, “Well, I can’t have Christmas without cookies…” Maybe after the New Year I’ll try again!

  • Frederique December, 10 2013, 1:06 / Reply

    Moi j’ai arrêté de manger sucré quand j’étais enceinte car je faisais du diabète de grossesse. Cela fait maintenant 7 ans et j’ai – presque – gardé ces habitudes. Sauf pour le vin! Mais sinon je mange peu de sucre et je me porte vraiment très bien. Et comme tu dis, on redécouvre le goût des choses quand on mange moins de sucre. Le sucre camoufle toutes les saveurs. Pour le matin, essaie purée d’amande et miel d’acacia (un sucre lent très bon pour la santé). Ma limite c’est le vin. Une vie sans vin c’est trop triste non? Bises.

  • Julchen December, 10 2013, 1:10 / Reply

    Since I realized that refined sugar gives me headaches and when I eat a lot even migraines, I try to stay aways from it. Instead I eat a lot of fresh and raw fruits, use Stevia to sweeten my tea and try my hand at baking with honey and other sweeteners that don’t give me headaches.

  • bea December, 10 2013, 1:11 / Reply

    Tout simplement pas possible d’imaginer la vie sans sucre ! La bonne excuse est que mon organisme ne le retient pas donc… régime à base de sucres… lents (c’est moins drôle mais efficace pour éviter les coups d’hypoglycémies …) et craquages réguliers sur les bonbons !
    Tu me donnes envie d’aller au “pain quotidien” pour un goûter avec leurs pains et tous leurs chocolats….

  • jicky December, 10 2013, 1:11 / Reply

    moi je me suis déshabituée du sucre du jour où j’ai décidé d’arrêter de sucrer mes yaourts. Que je mange nature, sans rien, et c’est tellement meilleur!! et depuis, je cale très très très vite dès que qqchose est sucré ou trop sucré (je pense que si aujourd’hui, je tentais le yaourt sucré mais je le vomirais tout de suite!!). En fait, je n’aime “plus” le sucre. Essaie, tu verras: tu te fais une semaine entière “yaourt sans sucre” (ni rien, hein, pas de yaourt au fruit non plus). Je t’assure, c’ets radical.

  • willa December, 10 2013, 1:11 / Reply

    Life is too short to give up sugar! Chocolate is now health food. I skip it in my coffee and try to go without at breakfast–that is the best I can do…

  • Roxane December, 10 2013, 1:24 / Reply

    C’est marrant, j’ai fait le meme rejet par rapport au sucre, pas parce que j’ai fait un break comme toi, mais parce que j’ai mange beaucoup trop de sucre d’un coup. J’ai toujours ete accro au sucre et aux patisseries, et je travaillais dans une patisserie l’annee derniere, et je devais tout gouter; alors forcement a la fin je saturais completement et me jetais sur les baby carrots et le the sans sucre.
    Ca a aussi sensibilise mes dents malheureusement, et maintenant mes dents sont un tres bon indicateur pour me dire lorsque quelque chose est trop sucre: ca fait mal..!
    Je suis d’accord avec toi sur le fait qu’aux Etats-Unis, tout est bourre de sucre (j’habite a San Francisco); il faut vraiment faire attention, surtout qu niveau des yaourts, des cereales, et du lait!

  • Margaux December, 10 2013, 1:30 / Reply

    Je suis également une accro du sucre en plein sevrage. Par contre ça fait maintenant un an que je me passionne sur le sujet de la nutrition. Je ne prétends pas avoir tout le savoir du monde là-dessus mais je pense sincèrement que l’être humain est fait pour manger du sucre. Pas le sucre blanc, mais celui qui se trouve dans les fruits. On a besoin de fruits pour bien vivre. Il y a des jours où je me limite sur les plats traditionnels et où je me gave de fruits. Et non, je ne suis pas devenue obèse, et en plus je me sens mille fois mieux dans ma tête et dans mon corps dans ces moments là. Et puis ça permet de contrôler ses pulsions de cookies, fondants, moelleux, et … Aaaarg vite … Une banane !

  • SR December, 10 2013, 1:33 / Reply

    Great post…admirable effort. We’ve heard so much lately about the terrible toll refined sugar takes on our bodies. And as you observe, it has a sneaky way of building a taste immunity so we sometimes aren’t even aware that it’s there (e.g. In many canned goods). But where I really notice its drug-like effects is with my children. The absolute worst offender is fruit “drink” masquerading as juice. After just a few sips, my child is physically shaking, her eyes open too wide, etc. it’s scary. We have limited sugar in our house for a long time. I avoid it altogether and get some sweetness from organic stevia, maple syrup, honey instead. For my kids, i just really watch how much sugar they ingest and try to keep it as a special treat only.

  • Jane with the noisy terrier December, 10 2013, 1:41 / Reply

    I have a wicked sweet tooth. I also have a salty tooth which is a dangerous combination (Sea salt caramels, anyone? Chocolate covered potato chips? Don’t judge.) I’ve started sweetening my tea with agave nectar as it doesn’t give you the sugar highs and lows. Substituting white sugar for brown. And dark chocolate for milk, only because I don’t like it as much so I eat less. Moderation rather than depravation is my motto.

  • JB December, 10 2013, 1:41 / Reply

    Garance,

    This phenomenon is blowing up in Australia right now.
    http://www.iquitsugar.com/

    The movement is headed by:
    http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/

    Her book I Quit Sugar is being published in the US and UK next year. It has been a bestseller in Oz since its release.

    Check it out.

  • JK December, 10 2013, 1:41

    I’m not in Australia, but I love her blog, and the books (also available as e-books) are excellent – full of useful tips on how to become sugar-free (yes, stopping cold turkey might be too hard) and recipes for replacing the sugar-loden stuff…

    You should check out what she has to say, definitely!

    Apart from that: great article, as usual – and maybe December isn’t the best time of the year to go sugar-free?! (At least if you’re living in the Northern hemisphere…)

  • Hotmamma December, 10 2013, 1:48 / Reply

    Garance, le lait des latte est en fait du lait concentré sucré!!!

  • Harmony December, 10 2013, 1:53 / Reply

    J’ai du réduire ma consommation de sucre (et de produits laitiers) après avoir découvert que c’était la cause de mon acné.
    Donc adieu pâtisserie et fromage au quotidien. Il m’a bien fallu 2 ans pour m’y habituer et ne plus ressentir ce manque. Et dès que je me lâche un peu (faut pas se leurer, je ne dis jamais non au gâteau si on fête un annif’ au boulot, faut pas déconner!) : 1) mon estomac n’est pas content 2) ma peau non plus.

  • Sarah December, 10 2013, 2:01 / Reply

    Hello Garance,
    Avant j’étais comme toi, et finir un repas sans carré de chocolat c’était quasi impossible. Et si j’arrivais à m’abstenir pendant une semaine, la semaine suivante je m’enfilais une tablette entière dans la soirée tellement ça m’avait manqué… Et puis je suis partie vivre en Italie pendant 6 mois, et à part les glaces, franchement rien ne me plaisait dans leurs spécialités sucrées, ça manquait de finesse selon moi. Et surtout au resto là-bas, les desserts ne sont quasiment jamais inclus dans le menu! (consternation de ma part au début, puisque d’habitude je ne vais au resto que pour ça). Les desserts à la cartes étaient banales de surcroit. Chose surprenante, j’ai arrêté petit-à-petit d’avoir envie de sucre. Et quand je suis rentrée en France, c’est resté. Ça ne m’empêche pas pour autant de m’acheter des gâteaux de temps en temps, mais le sentiment d’addiction a totalement disparu. Comme quoi, le goût peu parfois changé…

  • princessglee December, 10 2013, 2:08 / Reply

    Seriously? Have a cupcake every now and then. You’ve been in the US too long.

  • Marcela Gutierrez December, 10 2013, 2:22 / Reply

    Try and substitute your jam breakfast with a whole wheat toast with almond or peanut butter topped with slices of fruit like kiwis, oranges or blueberries and raspberries has the perfect balance of complex carbs (slow release of energy), protein (also combined with fruits or vegetables creates a slow release of energy which is how we use it in our time).

    This combination eliminates cravings because your body gets everything it needs, and just the right amount of sugar from fruits. At night I always have just one little square of dark chocolate… and that’s it… your sugar fix should be fine with that.
    Eat often but small portions and varied… you will never feel like you are depriving yourself from anything.
    Most of all, the realization that unused energy from sugar becomes fat faster than eating fat itself and also sugar ages our cells extremely fast, should be a wake up call to try and avoid it at least 80% of the time, we are human after all.

  • Michelle Nemeth Puckett December, 10 2013, 2:22

    GARANCE! I love this article, your sense of humor and can really relate! I also love that you are willing to continue to give up sugar :) BABY STEPS – that is exactly how I started to punch sugar in the face 3 years ago. In order to give up sugar though, I have been developing healthy cookies and brownies that I am so excited about!!! I can now walk into any fine pastry shop and only order plain tea with perhaps a bit of cream ;) – AND IT FEELS GREAT!!!!! I can say that I am 100% refined sugar free – only eating natural sugar from fruits.

    GO GARANCE GO!!!!!!!! Punch sugar in the face! If you need me to be your coach, I will :)

    All My Best!!!
    xox MNP

  • princessglee December, 10 2013, 2:22 / Reply

    Oops, I’m sorry for my previous insentive comment. Yes, American sweets are way sweeter than sweets from elsewhere. Sometimes I swear I can feel my teeth rotting out of my head as I eat an Oreo. Perhaps you’ve began to notice overly sweetened products here in the US as well. I dunno…make your own desserts and don’t eat prepared whipped cream?

  • Marie-Aimee December, 10 2013, 2:25 / Reply

    So from a young age, I learned that my body was intolerant to sugar. And it’s gotten even worse since I moved to the US because they don’t use really sugar here and EVERYTHING has sugar in it or corn syrup, thus forcing me to make all my meals from scratch because refined sugar gives me headaches.
    But then again, I LOVE CHOCOLATE! I agreed to give up red wine because I get migraine headaches every time I drink some, which forced me to like white wine, but chocolate is my absolute weakness. I have an aunt in Belgique and a few cousins in Switzerland and they are my suppliers cause i absolutely refuse to eat American chocolate. But of course, whenever I eat chocolate, I have to take some pain killer to off set migraines. It sucks. I can live without sugar easily, I have to eat fresh fruits to get my sugar.

  • Pam December, 10 2013, 2:28 / Reply

    Good for you, Garance, for trying to see if you can cut down on sugar consumption! I know that sweet is one of the most appealing tastes that humans experience, but our modern world makes sugar very available, when, in nature, it really is not.
    When I was in my 20s, I figured out that my tongue would get sores, or painful spots, when I ate a candy bar, or a whole slice of cake, etc. it was very uncomfortable, and painful. So I began to avoid sweets. If I am offered dessert, or a beautiful chocolate, I might have some now, but only once in a while. I sweeten things with agave syrup, and seldom bake. What is my craving? Aha, I do love wine, and I know it has sugar. But I try to hold it down to two glasses a night, and this works for me. Cheese,, and crunchy whole grain crackers are also my big temptation. Life does go on! We have to indulge in something.

  • KatyE. December, 10 2013, 2:37 / Reply

    I am a sugar monster. I crave it. It is like a drug. I really think that´s what it is, actually- a drug that the sugar kings are pressing upon us. O.K…my sugar levels must be low here. On a serious note, I am very aware of the damages of sugar. My Father and brother-in-law died of the complications diabetes has- if one is not careful with the strict diet (they were not!). So, I can get it too- if I overdo it. But, what I love to do- is substitute sugar with honey, brown sugar or fruits. Did you know that dried fruits are high in sugars and calories?! So, one wants to stay away from too much of those! But, honey is my new love. HONEY, HONEY, HONEY- must be better for us-no?!

  • The slow pace December, 10 2013, 2:42 / Reply

    I admire you, Garance. I’m super addicted to sugar and I just can’t live without it. 5 days? Wow! I focus my addiction mainly in chocolate filled/ covered products. I adore chocolate. I’m a chocoholic. And I eat it every night. Bad. Very bad. I know. I try to compensate this addiction with bananas. Yeap. They are super sweet… but they work just as midday snack. At night I just have to have chocolate.
    I even made a protein diet once that worked because all the bars were covered in chocolate!!! It was not chocolate-chocolate but it was quite similar. I thought this addiction will disappear with age, that I won’t be such a child when it comes to chocolate and sugar but… I just get excited every time I get to eat something sweet… it makes me happy. And fat… Buuuhhh. I love chocolate and sugar so much that I would only post pictures of sweets in my Instgram account!!!!
    Anyway, in my defence I will say that I was super addicted to Diet Coke and I’m over it. That was worse than sugar and chocolate, right?
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • Angela December, 10 2013, 2:43 / Reply

    Ah. Je crois que je suis três heureuse. Je ne mange presque jamais du sucre. Si je dois choisir entre um sucré et un salé, c’est certain que je choisirai le salé, parce que je l’aime beaucoup plus. Je ne vois dans les vitrines des pâtisseries que les salés. Bien sur que jáime les beaus gateaux etc, mais les salés, ahhhhh. .

  • Amalia December, 10 2013, 2:52 / Reply

    Garance, oats needn’t be boring. I have a bowlful every single morning loaded with fresh berries, a few banana slices, chia seed, a tablespoon of pure maple and a dash of cinnamon which regulates your blood sugar and curbs the cravings. The only ‘treat’ I allow myself is a small square of dark Lindt chocolate when my body is crying out. I always regret stealing an extra square when my willpower isn’t looking. Always makes me feel sick. It’s been over a year without sugar (no white bread and restricted carbs). My weight is stable despite eating everything else to my heart’s content oh and try almond butter, less fat and sugar than peanut butter and even more delicious!

  • Krisztina December, 10 2013, 2:53 / Reply

    Intead of sugar when baking I use maple syrup!

  • ania December, 10 2013, 3:02 / Reply

    for me the worst is tea.i like my earl grey with 2 sugars and slice of lemon.without sugar it just doesnt seem to make any sense.I dont have to even eat all day unless i have my sugary tea.but Ive started making changes with another drinks.Coffee with one sugar somehow still tastes sweet,twinings lemon tea with one sugar perfect,hot water with lemon and manuka bliss.so I hope one day my lemon earl grey will be awesome without being sweet.till then im going keep trying and dream x

  • alix de beer December, 10 2013, 3:05 / Reply

    Haha, déjà que j’ai arrêté le GLUTEN il y a 4 mois, je me vois mal me passer de sucre en plus!!!
    Mais c’est vrai que tt est question de bénéfices…Si tu vois que cela tu te sens mieux sans sucre/gluten/viande ou autre, alors aucune notion de privation. En revanche, si tu ne vois aucun changemt sur ton bien-être, aucun intérêt!!
    Alixxx

    http://alixdebeer.com/

  • yza December, 10 2013, 3:10 / Reply

    J ai franchement bien ri – le placard a merveille m a fait penser au tiroir à secret dans satc- sinon c est dur de se priver de sucre au debut car c est un souci d insuline -le fait de manquer subitement de sucre peut entrainer des maux de tête etc – il faut tenir bon au bout de qq jours ton corps s habitue

  • Mysticca December, 10 2013, 3:11 / Reply

    Oui, this sugar craziness is so well-known to me. Actually, it was very interesting to read your “No sugar” diary, because last year before Christmas I’ve been in the same experiment :) Well, I just said to myself that I cannot eat sweet things the whole month! And this is huge for me, as I think I’m totally addicted to sugar :D Well, I would say the first week was the worst. You think about the sugar, you need it, but after two weeks you would see things totally different. You do not eat sweet and you started to feel that you don’t want to anymore. However, you cannot let yourself to slip on this :) No, not even the smallest bar of chocolate or smth like that. I survived the whole month and then this glorious Christmas day came and I was “Yeahhh, I will reward myself now”. And I think it was a bad decision. It’s obviously better do not start eat sweet again, because when you start – that is it, you want sweet things again. The first few days are alright, but then you notice that you start to get more and more sugar in your daily eating routine. After one month you kind of stand at the same point, where you start :D So, I really want to make this experiment again and I hope I will have more strength to refuse all sweet coffee and chocolate :) The process reminds me of people trying to quit smoking (even though I do not smoke).

  • Amanda December, 10 2013, 3:21 / Reply

    Thank you so much for this post! I am *such* a sugar addict and I totally recognize myself in your post. I am a new(ish) mom so I continually tell myself, “oh, you work so hard and are a new mom and tired, so you deserve one piece of chocolate with your glass of red wine!” After one glass of red wine I think, well, I could have a few more pieces of chocolate (or the whole bar)… I deserve it! And so it goes.

    One successful experiment I tried was replacing sugary “vanilla” yogurts with plain yogurt. First I started with plain yogurt and honey, but now I like the taste of just plain yogurt. When I eat a “regular” yogurt now, it tastes crazy sweet!

    Now I need to conquer chocolate/cookies/etc.

    Thanks for the post, as always!
    Bisous xx

  • Justine December, 10 2013, 3:27 / Reply

    I too was addicted to sugar and decided to quit sugar about 3 or 4 months ago. As I am also a vegetarian, it is quite difficult to buy snacks on the street, as most things contain animal fat, which I don’t consume. I must say, haven`t experienced big changes in my life as a result of this in a physical level (although when I started I did feel so so tired all the time), but I do feel more restraint. You start to realise just how many things contain sugar: everything has sugar. Seriously. Even granola bars have sugar in them. I must admit I still eat fruits because I love them and I could not live without them. Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see that much of a change in my life in an organic.

  • Cyann December, 10 2013, 3:27 / Reply

    Sans sucre, je meurs. Littéralement. Mais la bonne nouvelle, c’est que je peux contrôler mes pulsions (je le sais je l’ai déjà fait :) )
    Et puis dans ma famille, y’a un p’tit background diabétique que je n’ai pas envie d’exciter. Alors je limite au maximum le sucre mais j’essaie de me faire plaiz quand même. Un peu.
    Vous connaissez les Merveilleux de Fred?? Pour eux, je mangerai de l’herbe pendant une semaine!

  • Rebekka December, 10 2013, 3:40 / Reply

    Your articles are always so great and entertaining! They are amongst the few I actually read and don’t just scroll through on the internet. Keep up the good work! Bises!

  • Océane December, 10 2013, 3:45 / Reply

    Aah mais j’ai l’impression de lire mes pensées de l’année dernière! C’est FOU, ça fait tellement du bien en même temps!
    En revanche je n’ai pas fait de break de 5 jours sans sucre, j’ai décidé d’y aller progressivement, c’est ainsi qu’aujourd’hui il m’est impossible d’ajouter du sucre dans mon café ou mon thé! C’est peut être rien pour certains, mais la boisson chaude et moi, on est tellement en fusion parfaite que je suis moi même une boisson chaude! (ouais ‘FIN tu vois).

    Bref, comme toi j’ai remarqué le sucre dans les latte de Starbucks… Et dans bien d’autre choses d’ailleurs… ON NOUS MENT et on maintient notre addiction au sucre, DUR!

    Pfiou, sur ce, merci pour cet article, ça me fait du bien de voir que je ne suis pas la seule à ne pas terminer un repas sans une touche sucrée… Mais c’est quelque chose dont je ne veux pas changer, j’ai déjà décrocher du fromage, mais alors le dessert NON, je le garde!

    Bises xx

  • Olivia December, 10 2013, 3:47 / Reply

    You should try eating more fat to compensate for the carbs. Also pasta and rice are simple carbs and will make you crave more carbs.

    Berries are my sugar. I only eat a couple a day and that keeps me satisfied. I have cream in my coffee, I eat butter as a snack on cheese, and everything tastes better with fat! (also fat doesn’t make you fat, carbs and fat combined in copious amounts make you fat!).

    Ahh nutrition is a wonderful thing.

  • Sarka December, 10 2013, 3:47

    I totally agree. I eat a lot of good fat and good oils throughout the day and find that they really curb my sugar and carb cravings to the point where I eat sugary food only a couple times a month. I eat fat (full fat dairy, avocados, oily fish, olive oil) throughout the day, my skin glows and my weight is consistent. Fat also keeps you full, so you eat smaller meals and less. Nutritionists and government guidelines have had it backwards for decades.

    Anything labelled “low-fat” is usually packed with sugar and artificial ingredients. Whenever my boyfriend brings home “low-fat” food (he is learning) it goes straight into the garbage.

  • M Ruth December, 10 2013, 3:47

    I agree too! Viva the good fats! They make life so wonderful :-)

  • Laëti December, 10 2013, 3:55 / Reply

    Salut,

    J’aime beaucoup.
    À bientôt !

    Laëti

  • The Delicate Place (@misathemeb) December, 10 2013, 3:59 / Reply

    oh garance. i had to cut myself off from it! i only indulge in the sweet on special occasions (holidays, birthday, & anniversary to my love). it’s the only way that suits my ‘all or nothing’ personality. sugar is totally like crack! a super drug and you’re right…lurking on every US street corner! so many disguises it wears!

  • mill December, 10 2013, 4:00 / Reply

    When cooking, I simply find recipes that use honey instead of sugar, they taste just as good.

  • Elizaveta December, 10 2013, 4:02 / Reply

    Never, never, never gonna give it up – in Barry White’s voice. I think sugar carries an important psychological value – it soothes, cheers and give a bit a of break, hence the Kit Kat slogan. Right?

  • Kris December, 10 2013, 4:11 / Reply

    Hello,
    de mon coté j’ai fait un régime qui m’a fait arrêter le sucre pendant presque 2 mois et alcool compris mais je pouvais manger 2 fruits par jour mais seulement les fruits pas trop sucré type pommes, poire, pamplemousse,… pas de mangue, ananas, raisin… et c’est vrai qu’après tout te parait super sucré ! surtout le Starbucks en passant… le chaï est horriblement sucré aussi.
    Le truc je pense c’est de commencer la journée sans sucre, la confiture te provoque un pic d’insuline qui te donne envie de sucre toute la journée ! J’ai remplacé la confiture par une tranche de jambon blanc !
    Bon courage Garance car les mauvaises habitudes reviennent bien vite et c’est une vraie drogue !!

  • veronica December, 10 2013, 4:16 / Reply

    I love sugar, I could not live without! In the morning practically drink the sugar with the coffee! :-)
    Kiss!!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

  • Gigi December, 10 2013, 4:23 / Reply

    Aaah, d’abord “Mouaaah!” Garance, une grosse car j’aime tellement quand tu fais ce type de post ;)

    Nous n’avons pas du tout le même background, ni les mêmes vies, mais que de points communs! Dont celui-ci, un point commun de taille :p “Hi, my name is Gigi, and I’m a sugar addict!” Il y a quelques années j’ai pris conscience de ma dépendance au sucre, “x” fois j’ai tenté de me sevrer mais impossible, c’est un truc de fou, impossible de m’en passer (au grand désespoir de mon dentiste …ça c’est moins cool).
    Encore aujourd’hui je suis allé déjeuner avec mon frère, je n’ai pas pris de dessert, bah…aussitôt rentrée chez moi j’ai inspecté frigo et placard. Finir un repas sans une touche sucrée, ça me parait juste…BIZZARE. Un manque.
    En revanche mon palais (et mon estomac) ont toujours rejeté les produits trop sucrés; les cupcakes par exemple, j’ai toujours beaucoup de difficulté à les finir, tout ce beurre, tout ce sucre beurk, je ne suis vraiment pas fan. Sans qu’aux USA, l’échelle du niveau de sucre du plus sucré au moins sucré doit être très différent d’ici. D’où ta diffulté (maintenant dépassée) à faire la différence, je suppose.

    Kiss.

  • Gigi December, 10 2013, 4:23

    Oups, il manque des mots, voilà ce qui se passe quand je commente tes posts après une journée de travail :p …Bref, je pense que tu as quand même compris mon commentaire ;)
    Bises!

  • vvn December, 10 2013, 4:38 / Reply

    Garance, I tried something like this and it was so hard! Especially when I wanted to get a snack in the middle of my day. Especially because sugary things go so sooooo well with coffee. Especially because they are so soooo delicious. Even though I love sugary things (especially a good cookie in the middle of the day), I do have my limits with sugar. I do find a lot of baked goods too sugary and just like you did, I do find Starbucks lattes too sugary. I need to be able to appreciate the other flavours in my snack, not just the sweetness!

  • Tessa Amandine December, 10 2013, 4:56 / Reply

    Tu es certainement pas la seule “accro au sucre” – j’ai passé une année sans shopping, mais une année sans sucre (sourtout sans chocolat), ca serait une vrai mission impossible :-)
    Ton post est marant comme toujours – J’adore ton style d’écrire!
    Bisou d’Allemagne, Tessa Amandine
    http://tweedandtulle.com

  • florence December, 10 2013, 5:01 / Reply

    Umh! Le sucre est un fléau de nos jours. Je suis prédiabétique et je n’ai droit pas au sucre rapide et les sucre lents seulement à dose hométopathique ( pas de pâtes, pas de riz et pas trop de patates…).
    Perso, j’ai toujours préféré le salé au sucré, le fromage au petit dej’ plutôt que les croissant. Du coup le jour oú il a fallu arrêter drastiquement le sucre, cela n’a pas été trop dramatique. Cela dit j’ai bien plus souffert de ne plus pouvoir boire de Gin Tonic en soirée.
    Mais quand même une fois de temps en temps et quand je vais chez l’endocrino je m’autorise un “mille feuille” ou un dessert comme récompense.
    Cela dit mon endocrino, m’expliquait qu’au siècle dernier on consommait entre 2/4 kilos approx de sucres par personne. De nos jours la moyenne est de 52kg annuel par personne, d’oú la grosse épidémie de diabète mondial.

  • Ashley December, 10 2013, 5:02 / Reply

    I have discovered Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from Trader Joe’s that are heaven on earth. Their dark chocolate almonds are just as good. I am taking myself from sweets and cheese for 2014 as a challenge and to become open to new foods.

  • Taya December, 10 2013, 5:08 / Reply

    Hello to Garance from Australia.

    JB highlighted above Sarah Wilson’s books in Australia. I have been inspired by her I Quit Sugar ebook to be sugar free from 5 December for two weeks. Then, you know, go back to sugar for Christmas. Well that’s what I tell my family so I am not incorrigable during the holiday season.

    So far, I have been completely sugar free (less than 20g sugar per day) – except for a piece of toblerone chocolate I tried so as not to appear anti-social. “Oh no tiny 10g piece of chocolate for me – i am on a sugar free diet’. You can imagine how well that would be received. The chocolate tasted like sugary milk product. Not gorgeous velvety chocolate.

    The first three or four days I got side effects from sugar withdrawals – headaches, nausea, lack of appetite, muscle spasms, lightheadedness. Now, I find I can’t place my appetite unless I am really hungry. Perhaps I am no long ‘craving’. But a schnitzel seems more preferable than a block of chocolate.

    The test for me will be what i do when a mince tart or a chocolate croissant is placed in front of me. For now I finish this post as finish preparing my breakfast – black tea, cinnamon nutty muesli with a sprinkle of blueberries and greek yoghurt.

    X

  • Sandrine December, 10 2013, 5:16 / Reply

    Je n’ai jamais été accro au sucre, pour moi, c’est le sel, j’adore les chips, frittes, … tout ce qui est gras et salé dans le fond…

    Sandrine

  • Blandine December, 10 2013, 5:16 / Reply

    J’étais extrêmement accro au sucre… Et j’ai failli en mourir !
    Etudiante je mangeais parfois uniquement du sucré à un repas, je me disais que c’était comme un goûter.
    Ca m’arrivait souvent. Jusqu’au jour où j’ai commencé à avoir des pyélo-néphrites (maladie des reins) à répétition, sans cause apparente. On a fini par trouver, après que j’en aie fait une douzaine et failli y passer, que j’avais en fait une candidose systémique (prolifération d’une bactérie qui se nourrit de sucre). Résultat : un an sans sucre… J’en mange raisonnablement et je ne suis pas près de redevenir accro !

  • Foteini Ioannidou December, 10 2013, 5:22 / Reply

    I, like you Garance, crave for sugar after a meal, especially lunch! That’s why I adopted the habit of eating a small piece of bitter chocolate after each meal. I think it is tasty and it does not include a lot of fat. Also, never have yoghurt or oatmeal on their own! Why don’t you try greek yoghurt with oatmeal and honey? That has been my breakfast for the last five years and I have managed to have a stable weight! Especially, if you add some mulberries and linseed you’ve immediately got a super meal to kick a hectic day off!

  • M Ruth December, 10 2013, 5:22

    It’s so true about the little bite size chocolate after a meal — so less expensive than a $7 chocolate torte and really does satisfy that little after meal desire for a sweet.

  • Charlie OPlumes December, 10 2013, 5:24 / Reply

    Hello Garance !

    Ma pauvre (;-))… Je suis addict comme ça à la clope moi (et on connaît bien ses ravages). Mais le sucre, c’est sûr, c’est plus vicieux !
    Ce serait bien que tu continues sur ta lancée pour diminuer les doses parce qu’on sait aussi que les sucres rapides sont un carburant à cellules cancéreuses : /
    Bref ! Moi je ne suis pas très chocolat, mais j’aime bien les bonbons, et ça c’est horrible car c’est bourré d’autres cochonneries ! Mais mon truc, c’est de cuisiner des gâteaux sains et savoureux, pas trop sucrés.
    J’avais mis la recette de mon carrot cake sur mon blog, en général j’ai beaucoup de succès avec ce gâteau et surtout auprès des filles car pas trop sucré et sans matières grasses autres que les amandes et les oeufs.
    Enfin, je plussoie le commentaire qui parle de la purée d’amandes, ça défonce !
    Bonne soirée et tiens nous au courant de ta lutte haha !

  • CREEZY December, 10 2013, 5:26 / Reply

    Il ne faut pas oublier que le glucose est le principal carburant de notre corps ! on réfléchit plus vite, on court plus vite, etc…
    Par contre si on ingère à moment donné trop de sucre le glucose augmente alors trop vite dans l’organisme et dans les heures qui suivent redescend aussi vite – ce qui provoque à nouveau une demande de sucre de notre organisme – je ne suis pas médecin, le vôtre pourra vous l’expliquer. On entend souvent dire que le sucre appelle le sucre…vous l’avez aussi déjà entendu.
    Mais ce qui est pire et que l’on trouve dans presque tout ce que l’on mange : c’est le SEL ! il y en a partout ! puisque c’est un exhausteur de goût -
    Vous le trouvez dans les gâteaux, les biscuits, les bonbons, les plats cuisinés,etc… – c’est le sel qui vous fait davantage apprécier vos mets –
    le sel est plus insidieux et plus nocif encore que le sucre !
    (je me rassure un peu en disant cela car je mange -comme la plupart des filles- beaucoup de produits sucrés !)

  • Charlie OPlumes December, 10 2013, 5:28 / Reply

    J’ai oublié ! Voici le lien pour la recette si ça t’intéresse :
    le carrot cake de ouf ;-)
    http://charlieoplumes.blog.free.fr/index.php?post/carrot_cake_de_ouf

  • M Ruth December, 10 2013, 6:46 / Reply

    Not only are American sweets sweeter they’re bigger too!

    • A candy bar in the U.S. was 41% larger than the same candy bar in Paris.
    • A soft drink was 53% larger in the U.S. than in France
    • The standard individual yogurt was 125 grams in France and 225 grams in the U.S.

  • Maggie December, 10 2013, 6:56 / Reply

    I’ve been reducing my sugar intake since February. Between Feb and Aug I tried not to eat any refined sugar at all, and I’ve been sneaking it back in here or there but not nearly to the extent I used to. I do eat honey and maple syrup, which is unrefined and is supposed to be a little better for you. And lots of fruit. You do have to read labels (or avoid packaged food) because sugar is in everything!

  • alina December, 10 2013, 7:02 / Reply

    Hey, Garance!?In Romania we have this company that does jam wihout added sugar, just the sweetness of he fruits. I live in Japan, but I still buy it, because like you, I am not functional without my tartines. There’s a French presentation on the right http://www.magiun-sonimpex.ro/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=7&Itemid=13

  • Dorothy December, 10 2013, 7:26 / Reply

    Pretty crazy to read this and replace the word “sugar” with “drugs.” But yes, there is something so chic about having a refined palate, including for dessert!

    http://www.coveruncover.com

  • Dorothy December, 10 2013, 7:38 / Reply

    Pretty crazy to read this post and replace the word “sugar” with “drugs.” But yes, there’s something so chic about having a refined palate, including for dessert!

    http://www.coveruncover.com

  • Beeta December, 10 2013, 8:02 / Reply

    I laughed throughout your whole post because I honestly could relate to everything you said. I’m not French, but I like to think I could have been French in another life. I not only love bread, jam, pastries, and chocolate, but the rich and authentic kind you find in European cities like Paris. I can’t stand store-made sweets and the like, so I try to make everything at home. Having said that, I am a total sugar maven. I too find myself reaching for chocolate, cookies, and basically anything sweet throughout my day.

    I was actually discussing this awful sweet tooth that I have with a friend at the gym today. As much as my piece of chocolate with tea in the afternoon is a sign of my love for sugar, I don’t think that’s the real problem. I find it disconcerting that everything I reach for (snacks as well, like you mentioned) has sugar in it. For example, in the morning I reach for fresh baguette and homemade jam. If I’m hungry and want to eat a healthy snack, it’s fruit. Or if I’m not in the mood for dinner and want something little, I’ll reach for a bowl of granola with milk. I think my lunch (which always includes carbs) is the only savory thing in my day.

    It’s constantly a battle for me to create a balance between sweet and savory. And the battle isn’t so much for weight loss because I am okay with where I am. It’s more of an issue of health as I would not want all of the health problems that can arise later in life from eating on the sweeter side for so many years. Imagine being forced off sugar when you’re 50 because you have diabetes? I feel as though my 20 something years of sugar addiction would be easier to get rid of than 50 years worth of it.

    Thanks for the post, it’s inspired me to go cold feet for a week to help curve my sugar cravings from then on. xo

  • DPU December, 10 2013, 8:40 / Reply

    Lovely post and lovely commenters. Try almond butter in your oatmeal — delicious and a great consistency, you won’t miss the sugar!

    http://dietphilosophyunderground.blogspot.com/

  • Heather Mason December, 10 2013, 8:53 / Reply

    I’m currently reading ‘The Goldfinch’ too and loving it – Donna Tartt is an incredible writer!
    Love your honesty and humour! x

  • Passang December, 10 2013, 9:37 / Reply

    Oh my God! Me too! I “decided” to eliminate sugar from my diet 4 months ago and while I was pretty successful for like a month, the rest has been a disaster. My core diet is super-healthy but I have developed an addiction to brownies and chocolates( my university cafe has the best bakery chef!!). If I don’t get my sugar rush in more than a day, I experience withdrawal symptoms. I need to go to a sugar rehab!

  • Annika Tibs December, 10 2013, 9:58 / Reply

    Everything is moderation I suppose, but sugar is really like a drug in soooo many ways.

    I wouldnt say I was addicted per say… I do and did love sweets but could never handle more then a small 1$ bag of the 5cent candies from the corner store growing up. While super refined sugary foods were a treat on occasion. In recent years I’ve pretty much shifted my eating ways to a sugar-free diet… among other things too (gluten-free/ vegan).

    The change was as you would expect, a challenge at first. But I really needed the change in so many ways. At first what seems sooo limiting & daunting “what am I going to eat if I cut all these things out?!?!” became quite easy, fun, experimental and more so then ever I’ve become a complete foodie! I love food, I love food porn, I love to cook, I love finding healthier alternatives, because you can to just about everything!!!

    Back to sugar! There are soooooooo many great healthy sweet alternatives that despite cutting out refined, raw, brown and even organic “Cane Sugar”, I have replaced it with what I now think actually tastes better then sugar. These alternatives are: stevia, xylitol (both plant based natural sweeteners with no artificial ingredients), coconut nectar (soooo delish, tastes almost like a caramel or maple syrup but softer and smoother), coconut sugar in the raw (great replacement for brown sugar), dates (good on their own and baking), raw un-pasturized honey & from time to time maple syrup. All organic of course!

    I still find it challenging going through a day without a little something sweet in the evening after dinner. So for me I fill this beautiful void with either Organic dark chocolate, my coconut & almond cocao truffles, a date or countless “sugar-free”, vegan cookie and cake recipes that totally hit the spot. Just say the word and I’ll send recipes your way!

    What I’ve noticed since making this change is that your taste buds definitely change and when for example, at a baby shower this past weekend when I had a cupcake with the frosting and all, I was immediately overwhelmed with the overload of sugar. It was a train wreck. Yes it tasted good so I couldnt stop “Oh hello old friend, I remember you” followed by “ughhhh I still have 3/4 of this left to eat but I cant stop now” followed with “I feel the sugar rushing through my veins and into my brain”, followed by fatigue and slight illness all over my body. Conclusion- resist these future temptations and recall last times experience.

    Perhaps sad but I feel better then ever and it was totally worth it!

    Good luck with your journey, xx

  • Leah December, 10 2013, 10:38 / Reply

    I add a chopped date to my porridge (oatmeal) before cooking. Sweet, but healthier (I think?). Also try frozen grapes – wash, pull off the stalks, pat dry, throw them in a freezer bag – great to much on when you’ve got a sugar craving.
    :)

  • Suzy December, 10 2013, 10:46 / Reply

    milk is naturally sweet – not sugary sweet, but sweet. The sugar in milk is lactose which is made of one galactose and one glucose (your simple sugar) linked together.

  • Elisha December, 10 2013, 10:51 / Reply

    I like to eat raw chocolate when I want something sweet – the ingredients in the raw chocolate are very good for you unlike conventional chocolate. They aren’t filled with sugar so you don’t get that overly sweet taste and quite possibly that nauseous feeling from consuming too much sugar.

    Lover Chocolates are fantastic! http://www.loverrawchocolate.com

  • Le monde des petites December, 10 2013, 11:30 / Reply

    Totalement fan de ton article! Pour ma part, je suis complètement fan de sucre et je ne peux finir un repas sans sucré!!! J’essaie de faire attention, en privilégiant les fruits mais ce n’est pas toujours facile!!! lol
    Bisous

    Jul du monde des petites
    http://www.lemondedespetites.com/

  • Fashion Musings Diary December, 10 2013, 11:57 / Reply

    Je n’ai jamais mangé beaucoup de sucre et je l’ai supprimé de mon alimentation quotidienne il y a quelques mois maintenant… Par contre, le fait que tu sois accro au sucre n’a aucune répercussion sur ta silhouette apparemment, donc j’ai envie de dire que ça t’a plutôt bien réussi jusqu’à présent!

  • Limit December, 11 2013, 1:18 / Reply

    Good morning! I’m having my oatmeal breakfast as i read this and, you kow, i thought about taking this “no sugar” approach to getting dressed – how often do i resort to my “safe” colors or pieces instead of nuance, texture, color etc. One could define one’s own “sugar clothing” (black, in my case) and then ust do a little thing everyday to avoid it; add that safety in differently. Or the next shopping – just write on your palm (inside and on top side of it) “i’m not buying black today” so that even the sale’s lady can stop you at the cash register… That way i would develop better clothing palate, i’m sure, because even sugar “addiction” can go down in 5 days as the post above shows :)) have a great day!

  • Carol Windfuhr December, 11 2013, 2:11 / Reply

    Chapeau! I never had the strength to go off sugar completely. I surely curb my desire for Chocolate and sweets. But I need sugar in my morning coffee, and a bit of chocolate here and there.
    I allow myself a little bit of this or that, here and there.
    If I had to choose between sugar and wien, I’d let go of the sugar, but it wouldn’t be easy. I do enjoy my wine with dinner a lot more – although there is sugar in it as well.
    So what’s a girl to do!? ;-)

  • Francine Riot December, 11 2013, 2:51 / Reply

    Bonjour,
    Merci Garance, je me sens moins seule maintenant.

  • Cheveuxauxvents December, 11 2013, 3:04 / Reply

    Comme Caroline (com plus haut) je suis depuis 3 ans un régime sans gluten et sans lait (et sans tous les autres trucs auxquels je suis allergique, et il y en a plein). Moi j’ai droit au sucre mais mon médecin m’a conseillé d’utiliser plutôt du sucre non raffiné, qu’on trouve dans les magasins bio. Eh bien c’est génial, on garde un petit goût sucré mais sans excès, et ce sucre là est carrément moins addictif et en fait plus délicat.

  • Lucia December, 11 2013, 3:10 / Reply

    Ha ha, certainement pas la seule. (Il y a cette phrase de EPL qui m’est venu à l’esprit, quand EG se plaigne qu’elle n’arrive pas à méditer et ce moine lui répond: c’est bizarre parce que vous êtes bien la seule au monde, pour tout le reste c’est incroyablement facile….;)
    Ma solution – se mettre à faire des trucs maisons – la règle étante je mange un gâteau ça et là mais seulement quand il est fait maison – je veux dire par moi – ou mon mec, euh…. De toute façon le reste c’est presque toujour ‘écoeuremment’ sucré.
    Un carré de chocolat noir à l’écorce de l’orange (plus de 70%) c’est permis!
    Dans cette période avant Noel nous avons décidé avec mon fiancé, qui me tentait toujours pour un dessert, une sucrerie, un petit gâteau… de se priver de quelque chose – l’héritage chrétien de nos éducations – et nous avons choisi de ne vraiment pas manger des sucreries industrielles ou même faites maisons, mais une maison qui n’est pas la nôtre :). Quel soulagement! Mais quel soulagement! Quelle paix! Enfin je suis tranquille! C’est génial! J’adore! Je crois que je veux faire ça from now on…
    Bon, évidemment, je n’utilise pas le sucre dans les gâteaux mais seuelement un peu de miel (d’accacia), du sirop d’agave, la stevia, les fruits secs, les bananes etc…

    Bonne chance! :)

    http://atreewalker.wordpress.com/category/clean-eating/

  • emmanor December, 11 2013, 3:23 / Reply

    Ma principale addiction,c’est le chocolat et le pire c’est que comme j’essaie de limiter ma consommation de sucre, je mange moins de fruits pour pouvoir manger plus de chocolat !!!!!!

  • Virginie/Mode9 December, 11 2013, 3:33 / Reply

    Je ne suis pas un bec sucré, comme on dit ! Au resto, je ne commande jamais de dessert (sauf lorsque je sais qu’ils sont vraiment top, ce qui n’est pas si fréquent puisque je ne les aime pas trop sucrés). Et plus ça va moins je supporte. Le seul sucre qui passe c’est le vin !!! :-)
    http://www.mode9.fr

  • Blaise December, 11 2013, 3:51 / Reply

    My mother is diabetic, and my father, who is not a diabetic, but it runs in his family. I myself am already at the borderline, so I’m trying to be careful with the sweets I eat. I have sweet teeth. Before, I could eat many desserts in a day, but now if I could forego it, I will. And if I’m craving for something, say a chocolate cake, I think hard and wait long (2 weeks or 1 month, yeah!) before giving in. In that way, I also become choosy, since I have not had a dessert for so long, I make sure that what I’ll have is super worth it. I noticed too that when I have not eaten sweets for quite some time, everything else seems sweet, even water.

    Like you, my go to “dessert” right now is peanut butter. I sometimes have it with a chocolate soymilk (definitely sweetened) because it “cures” my pangs for too much sweets.

  • Adriana December, 11 2013, 3:55 / Reply

    Just read this and thought you would find it interesting: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/11/sugar-heart-disease.aspx

  • Alexandra December, 11 2013, 4:17 / Reply

    J’ai de la chance , je n’aime pas le sucre.
    D’un autre côté, comme je suis allergique au lait (et vraiment allergique : oedeme de quick en moins de20 mn) donc les desserts français sont proscrits car bourrés de crème & co. Mais je me fais ma petite tablette de chocolat noir pour dessert par semaine et puis je suis quand même française, vive le vin rouge !
    Mais je comprend parfaitement, tout d’abord parce que ma maman est ce que l’on appelle une droguée du sucre (je l’ai vue s’enfiler une boite entière de glaces en moins de temps qu’il ne faut que d’ouvrir le paquet) et c’est son combat quotidien de ne pas en manger et puis parce que c’est vrai qu’aux US TOUT est sucré (au même titre qu’en France TOUT est avec de la crème) ….
    Ce que l’on m’a toujours dit c’est que le chocolat noir, attention de bien regarder que c’est bien du chocolat et non un mélange avec du gras, est parfaitement ok pour la santé.

  • Ema (Le Bureau de Mode) December, 11 2013, 4:35 / Reply

    J’ai fini ma thèse à base de repas composés de chocolat noir Lindt et de Coca Cola (rouge).
    Sans grossis (le stress ?).
    Donc plus sucrivore…

    Je mange bien maintenant mais le souci c’est que le sucré est un produit de consolation. Quand je prends un train à 6h du mat’ – brownie – quand je mange avec un client un peu chiant – thé gourmand – quand je reprends le train à 18h – and so on…

  • Séverine December, 11 2013, 4:45 / Reply

    Essaie les ampoules de granions de Chrome, pour diminuer l’envie de sucre,c’est souverain. Magique !

  • Once upon a past December, 11 2013, 5:02 / Reply

    Et la stevia alors ?

  • Béatrice December, 11 2013, 5:26 / Reply

    Bonjour Garance,

    Le sucre est réputé pour être la drogue des enfants sages.
    Pas si sages quand ils dévalisent les placards à merveilles d’une maman qui a abandonné l’idée de trouver des cachettes où les merveilles sucrées seraient à l’abri des gourmands.
    “Je te promets que ce n’est pas moi qui ai mangé le chocolat ! – Alors, qui est-ce ? – je n’en sais rien, moi !”

    Pour moi, le sucré est une véritable ressource quand j’ai besoin de réconfort. Je suis trop vieille pour réclamer celui de ma mère.
    J’ai pourtant toujours l’impression d’être cette petite fille et cette adolescente chapardeuse quand je remets mon manteau pour descendre acheter un pot de glace et des gâteaux au Monop…
    Le secret d’une vie sans sucre – ou presque sans sucre – : un amoureux auquel tu penses et que te donne tout le réconfort dont tu peux avoir besoin…

    Je dis cela, mais je réagis à ton mail car j’ai commencé ce matin une détox, sans sucre bien sûr !
    Je vais essayer de tenir au moins cinq jours. Ton petit journal d’une vie sans sucre va me motiver.

    Merci !
    Béatrice

  • Jovana December, 11 2013, 5:40 / Reply

    Dear Garance,

    You had me at:

    “I slightly overindulge in coffee, which is the only savior at the end of my lunch to send the message to my brain that my lunch IS FINISHED AND THAT THE PIECE OF CHOCOLATE IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.”

    You have such a talent of putting women’s silly thoughts into words… :)

    Love,
    Jovana
    AfterTwoFive.blogspot.com

  • Caroline December, 11 2013, 6:02 / Reply

    Bleh! Cane sugar is awful for you! It’s like a drug.. I had a friend tell me that it only takes three consecutive days of eating sugar to make you hooked.
    I used to eat cane sugar often ( I used to be a part time assistant to a pastry chef) which meant sampling everything.. and the next day after work, I always had a terrible feeling in my gut. It also made it very difficult to lose weight! Sugar helps you put on the pounds for sure!
    I eventually stopped working in pastry and completely cut sugar from my diet and I felt infinitely better when I woke up in the morning and throughout the day. I felt like my stomach was even flatter!

    Buuuut I never said that stopped by craving for sweets! I’ve learned to substitute sugar for different delicious alternatives that have relatively good nutritional benefits like maple syrup, raw honey, coconut sugar, molasses, stevia (this is ok but has a strange aftertaste), dates, apple juice..I find these to be more delicious than cane sugar and you also don’t get the sugar buzz / sugar coma.

    I think I will always have a sweet tooth so it’s great to be able to find substitutes to satisfy cravings.
    I hope you can try some of these out if you ever find yourself with a sweet tooth!

    ps. Raw honey drizzled over peanut butter is deeeeelicious

  • L. December, 11 2013, 6:04 / Reply

    C’est incroyable qu’après seulement, 4-5 jours sans sucres, la moindre bouchée t’écoeure. Ca donne envie d’essayer.

  • Alex December, 11 2013, 6:34 / Reply

    I go on sugar fasts every now and then, because I am a major sugar addict, and always turn to chocolate when I’m stressed. I’m always cranky and crave-y for day 1 and 2, but then after that I forget to want it. Then I’m coasting along, all superior about just having a bite of gelato or no, just a tiny piece of chocolate, and then the work stress kicks in… sigh.

  • Charlie December, 11 2013, 6:38 / Reply

    Tellement vrai Garance! Merci pour ce post, drôle et pertinent! J’ai fait comme toi l’an dernier, pendant un mois, pas de sucres blancs, peu de céréales raffinées et réduction drastique des apéros (le plus dur socialement finalement, c’était ça!) et j’ai perdu 3 kg! C’était pas franchement le but avoué de la manoeuvre, mais j’ai pas craché dessus! Résultat: ton post me donne envie de recommencer, juste pour me sentir à nouveau en super forme et super forte!

  • Amélie December, 11 2013, 7:03 / Reply

    Catastrophique de mon côté ! Seule solution : ne pas acheter de choses sucrées mais mon mec est aussi accro et ne peut vraiment pas finir son repas sans sucre, donc … il en achete tout le temps…et c est moi qui me retrouve à dévaliser notre placard, parce que contrairement à lui, je n ai aucune volonté !!! Bref, c est de sa faute tout ça évidemment !

  • Sevan December, 11 2013, 7:23 / Reply

    J’adore ce genre de post et les commentaires qu’il declenche !
    Je n’ai pas grand chose a ajouter car je me retrouve un peu partout dans les coms, j’ai diminue sucre, sel, gras (pas tres facile lorsqu’on vit aux U.S.) depuis quelques annees parce que avec l’age, je suis devenue tres sensible a tout ce “rajout” et mon estomac et foie sont la pour me rappeler a l’ordre !
    Bon courage Garance !

  • Sarah December, 11 2013, 7:28 / Reply

    J’ai adoré ton post, très drôle et tellement vrai. je suis un bec sucré depuis toujours, comme ma maman et ma grand-maman ! Je ne peux finir un repas sans une petite note sucrée. Mais en vieillissant j’apprends à me contrôler. Au bureau ou à la maison j’avais l’habitude d’engloutir le paquet de granola ou de pepito, et j’ai réduit les quantités. C’était difficile au début, mon earl grey se sentait bien seul sans granola dedans mais j’ai survécu. J’apprécie toujours le sucre et ne peux vivre sans mais il y a une grosse part de plaisir dedans. On en mange pas seulement par goût mais pour se faire du bien. Jamais je ne renoncerais à mon carré ou mes deux carrés de chocolat noir. Comme tu le notes très bien, en régulant sa consommation, on trouve certains trucs trop sucrés donc tout est une question d’équilibre. Après il y a une différence entre les Etats-Unis et la France, là bas les trucs sucrés le sont bien trop.

  • Steph December, 11 2013, 7:39 / Reply

    I’m quite, quite certain that if only I could bar ALL sugars (and yes, ALL refined carbs), I’d probably lose 20 kilos in 5 days. But here’s something I MUST warn you against: giving up coffee instead. Last year, I decided to forfeit my, weight for it, 13 shots a day for the entire duration of Lent. WHAT, no more skinny penta (=5 shots) latte at 8 am? Yes, that was me on the first day of Lent and for 40 days exactly.

    Well, I got fat(ter). Do you know why? Because coffee was a distraction for my mouth. Once I removed it, I was seeking others, such as crips (baaaad) and cheap choco bars (extremely baaaaad). By the time Easter rolled around, I could not zip up ANY skirt I had. So NEVER EVER again without coffee (sudden swoosh of empathy for those fag-quitters who say that giving up smoking made them FAT. I can well believe it).

  • Nicky December, 11 2013, 7:45 / Reply

    Excellent post Garance ! Bravo et Tiens Bon !!!Pour ma part, j’adore les gâteaux et comme à Paris les bonnes pâtisseries fleurissent, franchement pas facile de s’en priver. Et pourtant, je ne peux pas dire que je suis accro au sucre !! Attention, moi non plus je ne compte pas les fruits là dedans !!! Je peux tenir une semaine sans sucre assez facilement. Et si vraiment, j’ai une envie irrésistible – le coca Zero est ma bouée de sauvetage ou le petit carré de chocolat noir … Merci :-)

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  • CarolineJ December, 11 2013, 8:47 / Reply

    Le sucre.. tout comme toi, je suis effroyablement accro, 5 jours sans sucre ça me semble vraiment être infaisable !! J’essaye de restreinte un minimum ma consommation de trucs gras et sucrés, mais c’est effectivement toujours la même chose; après, quand je craque, ça fait mal..

  • Ana December, 11 2013, 10:27 / Reply

    Hello Garance! Comme je suis diabétique, je ne mange jamais de sucre. Alors quand il m’arrrive de manger quelque chose de sucré (chocolat, biscuits, etc), j’aperçois tout de suite l’ “hypersucration” de tous ces produits: c’est vachement sucré!!! C’est même parfois écoeurant. Le sucre c’est comme tout, c’est pas mauvais si on n’abuse pas.

  • Cacophonie December, 11 2013, 11:34 / Reply

    Oh, c’est fou combien ton illustration ressemble à cette photo de Diana Vreeland : http://bit.ly/1e5xnLF

    C’est vrai que c’est une belle inspiration!

  • JC December, 11 2013, 11:35 / Reply

    2-yrs ago, I went carb free (no sugar, no flour) for about three-weeks. I had gained about 15lbs over the previous 2-yrs and even though I worked out – the weight was not leaving. While the first 4-5 days were HELL…I quickly noticed I lost some bloating and pudge off my muffin top.

    The last 2-weeks I figured out how to eat and snack without too much trouble but the thing that stuck with me is how my body was addicted to carbs. I lost about 8lbs on the diet.

    Fast-fwd to now…finally lost the last 8 lbs (thanks to heartbreak!)…I think I’ve broken the carb addiction cycle for the most part. Don’t crave or include bread or sweets or pasta as a part of my daily diet – which makes it easier to indulge in the good stuff on an infrequent basis without the psychological beating myself up…

  • Bex December, 11 2013, 12:13 / Reply

    I’m a chocolate fiend! The best shape I was in was when I was traveling through Asia because I didn’t like the taste of the chocolate there, so I wasn’t tempted….now being back in Canada I have switched to dark chocolate which has less sugars and is more bitter. I love Lindt’s Dark Seas Salt chocolate bars!

  • C2G2 December, 11 2013, 12:23 / Reply

    Reviens en France Garance ! Tu fréquenteras de nouveau des gens normaux, accro au saucisson :-)

  • ckd December, 11 2013, 12:39 / Reply

    America is everyone’s punching bag… I’m proud to be here and I love it. And am so thankful not to crave nor be addicted to anything. God bless this country.

  • Unicorn and Carebears December, 11 2013, 1:08 / Reply

    Je suis trop accro au sucre moi aussi ! Je me demande si je devrais pas faire pareil que toi… Je m’y retrouve trop dans tout ton article ! Je vais devoir me tester pour voir moi aussi… Histoire que ça rééduque mon palais, mais quand j’aurais finis mon pot de Dulce de Leche !

  • Malo December, 11 2013, 1:21 / Reply

    Hey! C’est très bizarre, Garance, j’ai fait le même test le même jour !
    En fait, ça m’est venu tout d’un coup et après un petit tour sur Internet, je suis tombé sur un site qui m’a aidé à entrer, on va dire “psychologiquement” dans le “sevrage” ;-)
    J’ai entendu parler d’un bouquin “Le sucre, cet ami qui nous veut du mal” de William Derfty qu’il faudra que je me procure ! ça a l’air très intéressant et nous montre qu’effectivement, il y a du sucre partout, dans pratiquement tous nos aliments.
    En tous cas, j’ai tenu environ une semaine, comme toi. J’ai surtout préféré diminué doucement plutôt que stopper brutalement. Comme je suis aussi un “bec sucré”, j’aurais assassiné tout le monde autrement.
    Bon, en tous cas, prête à recommencer.

    Bisous-Bisous
    Malo
    http://b-malo-les-bains.blogspot.fr/

  • mayce December, 11 2013, 1:22 / Reply

    I never consumed a lot of refined sugar but i compensated with other carbs like bread. Now i realize that carbs in general are addictive. And I’ve trained myself to dislike overly sweet things, which happens surprisingly quickly as you noticed. But to get over cravingsthe trick is to consume more FAT. Yes fat including butter. Watch THE FOOD REVOLUTION on YouTube!

  • Camille December, 11 2013, 1:24 / Reply

    I had a similar experience with giving up sodas. For years I drank a soda a day, sometimes 2. when i weened myself off of it on yet another diet, i found myself unable to drink a whole can of Pepsi because it was way too sweet. Now i have soda only once in a while and i still cant drink the entire can/bottle/glass. Soda is no longer my go to drink…but alcohol (wine, martinis, whiskey) is a whole other level of compensation. it’s the perils of being a grown up. (p.s. sugar love cannot be judged during the holidays. sorry. i wont allow it.)

  • Marta December, 11 2013, 1:27 / Reply

    I felt represent I all your feeling that you was explaining . I have Diabetes type 1 so one day I get sick and the doctor told me I could never eat again sugar in my life. It change your life completely but with time you see that is possible. Sugar is as caffeine , addictive, when you learn to live without it is easy ;)

  • Arielle December, 11 2013, 2:38 / Reply

    Oh God, I too, am addicted to sugar. When you’re off a week, everything really does taste too sweet, but if you eat too much at one, you’ll be back down the sugar cube road. The good news is that I find getting off sugar is the quickest (albeit somewhat difficult) way to lose weight for me.

  • Travail December, 11 2013, 4:13 / Reply

    Garance,
    Je ne sais même pas comment tu as réussi à t’en passer pour une journée! Les fêtes de fin d’année m’angoissent tellement, autant pour l’organisation que pour les kilos en trop! Merci encore pour ces petites confessions.

  • chloe December, 11 2013, 10:42 / Reply

    Garance you must look at Sarah Wilson’s book and website iquitsugar.com – really helpful and interesting!

  • Johanna December, 12 2013, 3:01 / Reply

    Cela me rappelle le jour ou l’on m’a diagnostiqué un diabete de grossesse… Du jour au lendemain, adieu, sucre, fruits, pain blanc, pates, chocolat…. (J’vous dit même pas comment c’est dur…)

  • Julie M. December, 12 2013, 4:21 / Reply

    Honestly, if we eliminate everything we like that’s supposed to be bad for our health, life – and food – becomes pretty bland and boring… Not my cup of tea – or sugar, for that matter. :)

  • Margaux @LaRoutedelaForme December, 12 2013, 5:56 / Reply

    Félicitation Garance! Comme toi j’ai réussi une cure sans sucre qui a duré… 2 mois! Le seul sucre que je consommais était celui présent dans les fruits (fructose). Depuis je n’arrive plus à consommer du sucre raffiné sans me sentir malade.

    Je vais bientôt faire un article dessus :) J’adore te lire c’est un plaisir

    Margaux

  • Val December, 12 2013, 6:22 / Reply

    Salut

    Si tu veux une bonne recette de crème chantilly maison sans se battre contre robots et ingrédients. Tu prends de la crème fraiche liquide avec au minimum 30% de matière grasse, la crème light de marche pas (crois moi j’ai essayé). Tu met la crème dans ton bol, et bol au congèle avec le fouet pendant 5 à 10 minutes il faut que la crème soit glacée mais pas congelée. Ensuite tu ressort le bol du congèle et tu fouette jusque’à ce que ça monte. Tu peux remettre au congèle si ça ne monte pas assez vite.
    Pour le sucre faut vraiment pas mettre beaucoup, (genre 30 g pour 20 cl de crème).

    Ensuite pour revenir à ton post, je trouve que c’est pas mal de voir où on en est avec le sucre ou le gras mais souvent on s’inflige des frustrations inutiles. Il suffit de s’écouter et de compenser (en faisant du sport) mais pas trop. Si on a envie de cette super glace avec la chantilly et le coulis on peut mais ensuite c’est pas la peine de se priver pendant 10 plombes parce ce ça engendre la frustration et le début du cercle parce que dès qu’on s’autorisera a manger on retombera dans la glace (oui je suis une grande mangeuse de glace).
    Merci pour ce post

  • Zaza December, 12 2013, 7:47 / Reply

    Ce qui m’ôte les fringales lorsque je ne mange plus de sucre, c’est d’éviter également les féculents (mon corps réagit fort avec eux, comme du sucre blanc – mais je m’autorise une tartine le matin, avec du fromage) et par contre je mange des fruits (même secs): et là, c’est plus du tout pareil et je n’ai plus envie de sucre!

  • Camille December, 12 2013, 7:52 / Reply

    Bonjour,
    super l’article, j’ai voulu tenter la même expérience après avoir lu le livre de Servan Schreiber, mais voilà, c’est vraiment pas facile, du moins au début. Le grignotage, le dessert, des mauvaises habitudes…
    Mais une fois avoir fréquenté les magasins bio, c’est quand même mieux!! On retrouve des choses plus naturelles, avec moins de sucre et même des confitures au sirop d’agave (excellentes). Mais j’avoue avoir un faible pour la pate à tartiner chocolat noir!
    Pour ce qui est des patisseries traditionnelles, il est vrai qu’on en est vite ecoeuré, du coup, j’en ai profité pour passé au rapadura et farine epeautre moins raffinées. Résultats, les gateaux fait avec de la farine de blé sont tout fadasses à côté!
    C’est dès l’enfance qu’il faut éviter le sucre. Mais le pire reste quand même l’aspartame (cochonnerie du siècle qui attaque même les neurones!), et les bonbons fait avec du gras de porc ( la peau exactement). Vous voulez éviter la cellulite? Banissez le porc… Sinon, assumez!
    Il y a des tas de produits non transformés aussi bons que ceux que l’on a l’habitude d’acheter dans les supermarchés traditionnels…
    MAIS je ne peux pas me passer de chocolat!

  • Elizabeth December, 12 2013, 3:42 / Reply

    Garance,

    Life is short–make it sweet.
    Too much denial is unhealthy.
    Fresh air, mild exercise, smiling, friendship, love–these are happiness.
    Love the Mountain Fruit Co. CA Strawberry Gem jam.
    How about a little treat everyday? Something small,
    not too processed?

    It’s good to try your experiment occasionally to see
    how we feel– then add a few sweets back in.

    I love baguettes & croissants–I can give up bread OR
    sweets, but not both!:)

  • Evgenia December, 13 2013, 4:03 / Reply

    Since I stopped add sugar to my coffee and tea, I feel the same as you, that all cakes, cookies and dessert are to sweet for me. I like it, because sugar is real health hazard.

  • Ediths_Head December, 13 2013, 9:38 / Reply

    I hear you on the Starbucks lattes. It’s the soy they use, not just sweetened but vanilla soy. Why is that their standard without saying so?? Is it to addict us? I only found out when they threw a carton away in front of me. All the other coffee shops I go to (all independent) use regular or unsweetened soymilk.

  • Margot December, 13 2013, 12:17 / Reply

    Et bien moi ça fait un mois et demi qu’on m’a mise au régime sans sucres (sucre blanc, mais aussi fruits et farines blanches / riz blanc, alcool…)! Et ça a été très dur au début mais là c’est easy.
    La désintoxication quoi…

  • Rhondda December, 17 2013, 3:10 / Reply

    You’re on the right path if you keep sugar as a (very) occasional indulgence, and not a fix to be consumed daily. No nutritional value whatsoever – and diabolical for weight gain – worse than fat.
    I used to love cake – I still do – but at 69, don’t want to get even more of a waistline.
    Don’t have sugar in the house!!!
    Garance – I applaud you for your energy, charm and enthusiasm.

  • Léa D January, 5 2014, 10:36 / Reply

    Moi aussi j’adore le sucré… Quand j’ai faim, si on me propose des chips ou une barre chocolatée, je prends de suite la barre chocolatée.
    Avant je mangeais du nutella sur de la brioche TOUS les matins, un jour je me suis dit “stop, il y a trop de saloperies là-dedans, je ne veux pas devenir grosse, j’arrête”. J’ai arrêté du jour au lendemain et ai remplacé le nutella par de la confiture.
    Quelque temps après je regoutte un peu de nutella, et là je ne ressens plus le même goût qu’avant: beaucoup trop sucré, écœurant, beurk, ça me dégoutte !

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