In short. Pretty good.
Most days I manage to avoid sugar completely. I've been able to resist all forms of sweet baking at recent social events - of which there have been many. At home I'm also mostly able to steer clear of sugar, as I've been making fruit-based treats when I've desired something sweet. (Banana coconut pikelets, homemade fruit icecream, Smoothies and Deceptively delicious chocolate pudding have become staples).
However, Paul is quick to remind me of the scorched almond incident of 2011, where I ate half a box of his scorched almonds in one sitting.
The silly thing was, I kept eating them even though they tasted weird to me. I guess my palate is already adjusting to life without sugar. I should have just put them down after the first one, but I was in a pointless, "I-deserve-a-chocolate-treat, gosh-darn-it" kind of mood. Don't you hate those? I'm getting better at saying "no" to them.
Apart from giving in to the scorched almonds, plus eating a few of the star-shaped cookies Lily and I baked last week, I've managed to refrain from sugar these past (almost) three weeks. And I'm already noticing a difference in how I feel within my own skin. I'm sure it's not visibly noticeable yet, but I feel like my body is tightening up, in a good way.
I haven't noticed any change health-wise yet, but I am hoping my decision to cut out sugar will result in better long-term health. (Written while fighting back the beginnings of a cold.)
The reason I think I've been able to (mostly) stick to this decision to cut out sugar is because it's the only thing about my diet I'm changing. I can eat as much other food as I want (bring on the cream baby!), so don't feel like I'm depriving myself.
David Gillespie was so right, when he wrote in Sweet Poison that you don't get any hungrier when you cut out sugar, since your body didn't recognise it was there in the first place. This means you actually end up eating less food all around, without even trying or noticing it.
The true test for me will be this Christmas, when there's sure to be copious amounts of chocolate flying around the place. I'm not looking forward to exercising the will-power it will take to say no to all of that. I'll give it my best shot though.