Sugar Sabbatical

March 20, 2012 | My Jottings

I shared recently how I felt strongly that I needed to stop eating sugar. I said that I wasn’t sure I could do it, and I’m still not sure I can. I thought that on day one or day two of not eating any sugar, my expression might look something like this woman’s does.

But so far, to my knowledge, I don’t look like this.

And I am giving thanks for several days without a substance I didn’t think I could live without.

Here are a few things I’ve noticed so far.

1. I walked up the stairs yesterday without knee pain.

2. I have a bit less of an appetite in general. (Which makes me wonder if sugar is an appetite stimulant.)

3. My shoe size has gone from a size 9.5 to a 7.

Actually, only two of the above statements are true.

I don’t know how long I’ll be able to stay on my sugar sabbatical, but I don’t think about that. I did it yesterday, I can do it today. That’s all I need to know. If you prayed for me, thank you.  🙂

We have some very focused, prayerful days ahead, and I look forward to seeing which way the Lord leads. I know that even when there’s only enough light for the step we’re on, more light will come when needed.

I hope your day is peaceful and blessed!


  1. sue raimo says:

    Thank you Julie, for sharing your very real issues with sugar. I can relate more than I want to. It is the single area in my life where I have the hardest time being honest. I don’t want to believe it has such a pull and such far reaching effects. Through your honesty, the Lord is gently inviting me to turn away from it to another way. I have forced myself to give up sugar for varying lengths of time in the past, but have always returned. I have never responded to a gentle invitation. It feels different.

    I pray that your discernment will be clearer with a sugar free brain.

  2. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Sue – you are one of those people who can pour grace on someone with your written words. And yes, I could certainly use some clear discernment right now, so I’m very grateful for that prayer. God bless whatever changes He leads you to make as well..LY…

  3. Kay in UK says:

    Well done Julie! I can totally relate to the appetite stimulant idea. As you know, I haven’t cut out sugar completely, but when I do have a treat (always when I’m out so as not to make it a regular habit) I then find that my appetite surges. Last Sunday was Mothering Sunday in the UK and Alan took me out for Sunday lunch. I had a lovely three-course meal including a delicious ginger and orange torte. In the evening, I felt I needed some crackers for supper even though I wasn’t at all hungry. During the night, both of us suffered from awful stomach ache. We’d obviously over-eaten, although a few years ago we could easily have put away a three-course meal and not even thought about it. Next time we’ll stick to two courses only. Still, I lost 1.5lbs at my Weight Watchers weigh-in yesterday which means that I did keep to my propoints allowance this past week, Sunday lunch included.
    Love to you and yours

  4. Just Julie says:

    Hi Kay! I was telling our daughter Sara about your plan of only having sugar when you go out to eat, and she thought that was a good idea. You would still have a treat once in a while and not feel deprived, yet at home the temptations wouldn’t be there. Good for you with your weight loss! I will step on the scale next Monday and see if there has been a change. Love to you and your family too Kay…praying for C, A and L too. xxoo

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