If you know me, you know that I have an insatiable sweet-tooth. Cakes, cookies, muffins, pies, ice cream, and, my Achilles heel, candy, figure far too prominently in my diet. I definitely exceed the daily recommended allowance for sugar on a regular basis. For some reason I have convinced myself that calories from sugar are better than calories from fat, because you can exercise, which I do a lot, and burn them off. And deep fried shit is like, really bad for you.
But, I realize now, I have been deluding myself. Sugar is like, really bad for you.
Not only does it make you fat and rot your teeth, it suppresses your immune system, among other things! I was a ill a number of times this past winter, and I wondered constantly why I kept getting sick – I eat lots of vegetables, I exercise regularly, I take vitamins, I drink green tea, I get a good amount of sleep, etc. My colleague who lives on rice and onions and works about 10 time as many hours per week as I do wasn’t sick a single day!
I see now, it must be the sugar.
While I do eat healthy, generally, and I don’t drink sugary drinks or put sugar in my tea, I do a lot of baking, and eat a lot of cookies. When I feel hungry… my snack of choice is undoubtedly something sweet. So, after listening to this podcast about how bad sugar is for you, I got to thinking… “I should really eat less sugar.”
This was at approximately 1’00 pm this afternoon, just after I had finished my lunch. I had pulled out a small container of “Blackberry & Cream” flavoured low-fat yogurt which I was planning to have a little later in the afternoon. I realized that so far that day, I had already made it to 1’00 pm without having any sugar. I determinedly put the little container of yogurt back in the refrigerator, and willed myself to give up added sugar for an entire week.
This shall be the diary of my experiences.
I then spent about 2 hours looking up recipes for baking with stevia. I haven’t tried any yet – since my ill-fated and inedible chocolate stevia cupcakes of last year, but I will post about my experiences here.
I already felt tempted this evening, when, feeling peckish I opened my desk drawer in my office, where my eyes fell upon a bar of Lindt chocolate. “Just one little square won’t hurt….” I heard myself say to myself. I picked up the package and looked at the ingredients. Sugar was right there, at the front of the list.
I resisted the voice telling me to eat it, and shoved it to furthest recesses of my drawer. Out of sight, out of mind, right? I just keep telling myself I can save it for next week.
But who knows? Maybe by next week I will be cured of my addiction to sugar !??!
For the purposes of this experiment, by sugar, I mean “added sugar” – ie – any food that contains refined, or unrefined added sugars, including honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, etc. However, natural sugars found in juice, fruits, and vegetables are permitted. And since artificial sweeteners give you cancer, no aspartame or sucralose. Stevia, on the other hand, is not sugar or an artificial sweetener, so it’s ok. It also has a pretty repulsive aftertaste, but if I get desperate, I feel safer knowing I can bake some stevia cookies.