Today’s post is one that surprised even me. I spent the morning reading (which is my favorite thing to do) and read about Gretchen Rubin’s drastic change in what she ate. She cut out carbs. And while, I love my breads and muffins and especially cookies….it got me thinking about something that has been on my mind for a while. Sugar.
It’s nothing new to hear that “sugar is bad for you.” People compare it to drugs frequently. It’s highly addictive and found in so many things that we consume: pop, peanut butter, chocolate, even spaghetti sauce. Yeah, weird to think about that one. Sugar is an omnipresent thing in today’s world. Or is it?
This is a diet trend that has been cropping up more and more in recent years. Essentially you’re supposed to eat only things that a caveman could have. I’m strictly opposed to diets as I hate how they destroy body image and cause so much guilt when you break them. Also, I’d never give up dairy (which is not allowed in paleo). However, there are no processed foods and that means no sugar.
How Did This Start?
I’d been thinking more and more about cutting out sugar as I know that it’s bad for my health and I’m very addicted to it. I have some every day in the form of sweetened tea, muffins, cookies or even chocolate bars. But, one of my friends can’t digest sugar. So, she doesn’t get to enjoy these muffins, cookies or chocolate bars. If she does, it’s something that she regrets almost instantly. Eating sugar doesn’t really make me feel great either and I know I’ve paid for many a sugar binge in the past. This all got me thinking about natural sweeteners.
What is sweet?
There are a lot of sweet things out there: fruits, honey, maple syrup, agave, etc. There are also things like stevia and splenda (which I’m not a fan of). Sugar is a relatively recent addition to the worldwide diet. It became very popular in the colonies in the 1700s and 1800s and has been popular ever since. What did people do before that? Well, they found a way to get by without sugar.
My Plan To Quit Sugar
I know that I’m going to get some sugar cravings and probably not feel so great at first. But, this is something that I know is for the best. I don’t know of anywhere locally that produces it so it’s a bad day for the environment whenever I buy some that’s been imported or flown a great distance. I just don’t want sugar to have me under it’s thumb anymore!
I’m sure that I’ll still consume some sugar over the next month. For one thing, I’m sure not going to let the cookies and muffins I baked last week go to waste! I do have some sugar still in the house. But, I plan not to use any of it in my recipes for the next thirty days. I cook and bake pretty often, so that will be hard to resist. I’m going to use honey and maple syrup whenever I would normally use sugar.
What Will I Eat?
Like I said, I can use maple syrup or honey in my recipes instead. Also, the recipe that inspired me to make this change is cookie shots. I made some with the friend I mentioned above earlier today and they were so delicious! Honey was a perfect sugar substitute!
So what do you say? Will you join me on a thirty day challenge of sugar free recipes? You can see my friend and I’s baking inspiration here. I’ll be sharing the results of these recipes over the next month!
Are you addicted to sugar?