No sugar challenge: day 2-15

I wanted to make clear something that I’m also doing. Apparently many people that stop eating sugar, are replacing it. They can’t help but eat sweets so they are looking for the alternatives that are offered nowadays. Corn syrup, agave syrup, maple syrup, coconut sugar, artificial sweeteners, stevia extract,… Besides the fact that some of these products might be even worse for your health than normal plain refined white sugar, there’s a bigger problem at play here.

If you don’t stop consuming sweets, your body will keep craving sweet food and it will be more and more difficult to stay away from food that’s sweetened with bad sweeteners too. Besides that, some other side effects might be at play when consuming artificial sweeteners.

My diet. Did I mention I’m eating vegan? That’s a permanent challenge! (Photo by Artem Bulbfish from Pexels)

So ok, I’m just skipping basically everything that tastes sweet for these 30 days. In the mean time, I’m halfway there. It’s said that after a while your taste gets reset, and it seems I can testify to that. A few days ago I was eating a bowl of (brown!) rice with tomatosauce, a pinch of salt and some herbs and hot sauce. Among the herbs was also some turmeric. It tasted as if there was pineapple in it! It was an amazing taste experience… This is not the only difference in taste, I really have the impression that all food tastes more sweet-ish. I like to eat my bread with peanut butter (real one, 99.7%peanut and some salt) and it really tastes sweet. Try to eat cashew nuts after a week of no sugar… as if they’re dipped in sugar!  It”s really amazing how much more tasty everything is now.

The downside is that I have to say no more. I have to explain at least once a day that I’m not eating sugar. No, not for this time only too. No, it’s not that difficult to say “No”. Yes, you could do it too if you didnt already say no before even thinking about it. The amount of people that seem to have a problem with even imagining not eating sugar for one day is amazing. Am I the only person with some willpower left in this world?

I do miss eating fruit, but it’s not that difficult to handle. 2 more weeks and I’ll start eating fruit again. Sweeteners? Not likely…

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