Two years ago, I started my own silent campaign against sugar. I always prided myself on the fact that I had little to null sugar cravings. I am definitely more into savory things than sweet, yet I always had at least two teaspoons of sugar in my morning lattes. When my husband would sneak a sip, he would quickly drop the cup citing, “way, way too sweet.” I swear, I’m not a big dessert person and if there is no ice cream in the house, I don’t miss it.
But the sweetness of the coffee was always in my thoughts especially when I saw other people having coffee without sugar. I wondered how they could possibly enjoy coffee without sugar. Then one day, I took the plunge: I skipped the two teaspoons of sugar and simply kept going and never looked back. Now, if I go to a coffee house and order a specialty coffee drink, I immediately tell them, no syrup or hold the sugar. I can’t even drink orange juice anymore unless I water it down because my taste buds have become so sensitive to sweet.
Eliminating the sugar from my coffee made me think about all the other food we eat that contain hidden sugar, like sandwich bread, salad dressings, alcohol etc. I now read every label to be sure that I am not getting added sugar in my foods. I use honey carefully, my one vice-ok, two if you count wine! I’d rather get my sugar while savoring a deliciously prepared healthy meal. So, I haven’t quit cold turkey, but my body has definitely experienced the difference in a totally positive way. I feel more energetic than ever. The long term effects will be even better, like staving of diseases like diabetes and cancer (sugar is cancer’s best friend, btw.)
See this article from the NY times and get more information about taking a month long challenge to eliminate sugar from your diet. The method: no scales & clean eating to rebalance your hormones and eliminate your food cravings.
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