Only making the heart decision is hard. After that it is easy.
Having been overweight since a teenager, I found your site and something just clicked when I realised about sugar. I think That was about 4 years ago. I was around 55. As soon as I got that 'click', it became fairly easy to stop the sugar.
I don't remember having withdrawal symptoms. On the occasions when I baked with a bit of sugar, or ate a couple of chocolates, I felt so nauseous that it was easy to stop. I never have chocolate in the house. The family knows not to buy me any.
Personally, I never wanted to use the natural alternatives with names I can't remember right now. I get a lot of sweetness from eating a piece of fresh fruit once a day.
Sometimes we make a lot about withdrawals and it appears frightening because people expect to battle. I don't think that has to be true at all. Take responsibility for yourself, relax and enjoy giving up that nasty stuff!
Over about a year, along with doing Leslie Sansone walking videos, or a few press-ups each day for toning, I went from 10 stone 8 pounds down to 9 stone. (I use UK terms).
I eat butter and fats by the way. I look younger just because I lost the weight and that makes me very happy. Another thing I noticed after many months with no sugar, is that my wrists and fingers that had always been very podgy, began to look a lot better. I was amazed at that.
Recently My 20 years of chronic anxiety and stress seemed to ebb away all on its own. This now means I can concentrate on regrowing my hair. It was impossible before because of the toll my stress took on my body!
So my advice based on my experience, is that actually making the decision to clear that nasty sugar out of your life takes a while, but when that decision is made in your heart, the rest is pretty easy.
I would suggest you don't bother with sugar alternatives, trying to recreate sugary flavours, and if you don't get frightened about withdrawal symptoms, you might very well not experience them at all😊
I do hope that this might be of some help.
Sorry about the photo being sideways. I couldn't seem to change it. Also, the dress makes me look a bit fatter than I am because it is loose fitting. I am a size 10 dress which I think is size 8 in the U.S.