SUGAR or SWEET?
Monday, December 12, 2011
After lots of reading and researching, (see my previous blogs) I’m drastically reducing the amount of STARCH and SUGAR in my diet.
My first step is cutting out the SWEETS. You know, desserts. Pies, ice cream, fudge, brownies, cake, chocolate candy, etc. etc.
Several people have asked if I’m using an alternative to sugar, an artificial sweetener of some kind, or something like honey, agave, etc.
First of all, I am always trying not to eat anything ARTIFICIAL. I want real food, whole food, the best fresh food, please.
I cut out the sugar in my coffee and tea long ago when I began going to a Chiropractor (Dr. Sid) for back/leg pain. When I came in he would run his fingers down my spine and poke around on my back a little and say, “You’ve been eating sugar.” And I would say, “No, I don’t eat sweets very much.” (Back then that was true. That was before I hired Sara Lee and Betty Crocker to work with me, lol, but that’s another blog I haven’t written yet, lol.)
Dr. Sid persisted and insisted until finally it dawned on me: I was putting two or three spoons of sugar in my tea and coffee which I drank all day while at work! Duh! One of those ol’ slap-the-head-moments, lol. So, I gradually decreased the sugar in my drinks until I finally drank my coffee and tea black, nothing added. My motivation was to get my Chiropractor to stop saying that I was eating sugar. (He said when you eat sugar your pancreas responds, works hard, and he could feel it when he pressed the right spot on my back. Somehow the pancreas or spine felt differently. Was he right? I don’t know but when I stopped sugar I never told him, but he stopped saying it .)
So, back to the present. I’m cutting out SWEETS. Anything sweetened with artificial sweetener or any other sweetener besides sugar, still tastes SWEET, so I’m avoiding it. I think it’s too tempting, reminds me too much of some other dessert that IS full of sugar and will eventually lead me astray. Besides, I’m never sure what’s in some of those products and have read all sorts of warnings about them.
What I want to know is:
When you give up SWEETS are you just giving up SUGAR?
Or do you give up anything that tastes SWEET?
And what difference do you think it makes?