My Sugar-Free Story
My name is David. I am a sugar addict.
I’ve never drank, smoked, or taken drugs. Sugar is was my vice. On December 12, 2002, I quit processed sugar for about six weeks. It was the longest I had ever gone without eating sweets and, for the first time, I felt what it was like to not be constantly high on sugar. That experience set me on a roller coaster of abstinence and indulgence that lasted over the next few years.
On a cross-country trip in 2003, I found myself dining in roadside convenience stores and eating junk food to the point of nausea. After purchasing and eating six (yes, 6) boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, I took a photo of myself at Yellowstone National Park. That same day I vowed not to eat sweets (candy, cookies, cakes, etc.) for nine months until the next batch of Girl Scout cookies came out. Truthfully, I was dared to do it, which added to my determination!
No sweets graced my lips for nearly a year (actually, I ate no-sugar-added apple pie in 2003. It was my one caveat as long as I made it myself, from scratch). When the Girl Scout Cookies came out again in 2004 I was so jonesing for sugar that I took an hour-long train ride to Brooklyn so I could buy a few boxes of Thin Mints from the distribution center as soon as they became available.
Shortly after, I went to the store, purchased a bunch of sweets, and had a two-week super sugar binge that made me so sick I quit sugar and burned whatever junk remained. Then I went off sweets again for several months and felt so good that it seemed okay to try eating just a little bit of chocolate. Next thing I knew I was right back where I started and had to quit sugar all over again. Then I ate sugar again. Then I quit again. Then I ate it again.
Tired of the roller coaster—and with those nine months in mind—I set out to become sugar-free for a full year. On November 3rd, 2005 I officially quit sugar for the year and began blogging about the process to keep myself honest. A year later I ate sweets and felt terrible, so I went another year. Since then I've avoided sweets for 361 days each year and eat whatever I want from Halloween until my birthday three days later.
Because I’ve been blogging about going sugar-free since 2005, people from all over the world have contacted me to ask how to stay off sugar. In response, I’ve grown this website into a place where we can join together, get our lives back, and Stop Being Sweet. I have also written a book so that you can follow the step-by-step instructions for how to sustainably get off sweets yourself.
People often ask me, “Why should I quit sugar?” My answer is always the same.
Do not quit sugar. Stop Being Sweet instead!