This Is Why I Am Giving Up Sugar In 2016 – Guest Post

This Is Why I Am Giving Up Sugar In 2016 – Guest Post

Every Monday, we will be inviting readers of the blog to talk about anything to do with anything. Today’s we hear from Della and find out what she’s doing to make 2016 a renaissance year for herself. Thanks for your contribution Della. If you’d like to feature in next weeks Monday Sound off, email us at


It’s hard for someone who hasn’t experienced insomnia to understand another person for whom it is such a burden every single day. I’m not talking about a sleepless night or two. I’m talking about chronic insomnia, 4-6 times a week, every single week without fail. The nights when I actually fall asleep like a regular person are when my body is so completely worn to the bone from just from trying to be functional.

I never realized how much of an impact this had been having on me until we crossed the year into 2016. I’d had an up and down year – thankfully ending it on a fairly high note – but that was simply because I had decided that enough was enough and had already began to make small changes that have already begun to present themselves as reward.

Sleep is critical and not being able to sleep was turning me into someone I didn’t want to see in the mirror. It made me snappy, it dulled my day-to-day performance, dimmed my light, encouraged a depressed mind state and the constant physical and mental exhaustion did a huge number on my self-esteem and sense of self-worth.

So how will giving up sugar solve all of my sleep problems? Honestly, I don’t have a long term plan. I’m playing it month by month and allowing myself to stumble when I do. And yes, I know you are thinking it – “instead of giving up sugar, she should probably get to the root cause of her inability to sleep….” Yes, I get it. The psychological barriers to my own wellbeing are absolutely important. But just as important is getting myself in check physically and eliminating any possible causes in that respect.


Refined sugar is the devil. No ifs, buts or maybes. A simple Google search or doctor’s visit can get into detail why we are slowly killing ourselves by supplying our bodies with all this junk. So I decided to listen to my body and make changes. And it’s been positive so far.

This is what I have given up: white bread and pastries, added sugar (tea and coffee etc) and sugary drinks including juices and sodas.

This is what I am eating in extreme moderation – wheat products, fruits high in natural sugars and alcohol.

This is what I am eating a lot of – everything veg, water, other cereals such as rice and corn as well as PROTEIN – chicken and fish etc.

Has it changed things?

Yes. I really am sleeping better.

It’s still not perfect, but it’s becoming a hell of a lot easier to deal with. I am able to drop off at least 3 nights a week without the aid of an antihistamine or a glass of wine, and I sleep deeper. Scrap that, I SLEEP. That’s a new one for me. Usually, I would view it as killing time before work starts. Now, I SLEEP. Now I am excited about getting up. Now, I embrace opportunities during the day. No, I don’t snap at everyone and everything. Now, I enjoy that period between 1 and 3pm when I would usually have been straining against shut-eye…

Experts aren’t lying to us when they speak of the importance of higher value, slow release carbs on our energy levels. My ability to drift off is that much improved in just three weeks of action. And that’s what I’m looking to do in 2016. Take action. Regain control.

Here’s to the journey


Della Mbaya (Head of News at HBR 103.5fm and BFF)




Jedi Master T

January 18th, 2016

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