Changing habits are hardest in the beginning. Motivation may be high, but the absence of familiarity can be difficult. This is especially reflected in kicking sugar, a substance to which we easily develop both physical and emotional addictions (along with salt and fat – our brains just love those tastes).
Barry Friedman, of 30 Days Sugar Free, does not have diabetes, didn’t have to stop eating carbohydrates, but chose to do so initially for the challenge. He then continued because he felt so much better mentally and physically without sugar being a part of his diet. Barry interviewed me recently about the difficulties involved in avoiding sugar, and one of the mindfulness practices I use to help coaching clients.
You can listen to the interview here.