I realize that's a stupid question - of course it's hard! Humans are primed to seek out fats and sugar and now it's EVERYWHERE. I've been trying for a long time to reduce our sugar consumption as a family. I know it's possible because I've read about it here on mothering, and I have friends IRL who don't even keep sugar in the house, but it seems so DAUNTING! A lot of it is emotional - I grew up with lots of sugar, my family (parents, sibs, etc.) eats lots of sugar, and so I've learned to associate sugar with good things, like family and fun. And DH thinks I'm paranoid and overreacting when I talk about the adverse affects of sugar on our health, so that sucks...
But I have to get serious now. DS2 has decay in his top front teeth, and I've noticed lately that he and I both have yeasty-smelling sweat and urine. That indicates to me that we both have a candida problem. He's had thrush since he was a month old, and I have it on my breasts of course, and GSE has only helped keep it at bay but hasn't gotten rid of it. I feel like I'm always itchy, and I just have to finally step up to the plate and do this. DS2's teeth is really what sent me over the edge though. I have to do everything I can to reverse the damage and prevent further decay.
I've tried several times to go low/no-sugar, and I always fail within 3 days. Partly it's because I'm the ONLY ONE at home who's trying, and I'm sure partly it's because I'm basically beating an addiction, which is always going to be hard up front. I'm not sure what I'm looking for with this thread, maybe some moral support. I know some of you have BTDT; it might help to hear from you.
We're going semi-paleo too. Meats, veggies, nuts, fats. Very little fruit at first. Wish me luck! I'm gonna need it.