How many times have you said, “I’m cutting out sugar for a week”?
Or, “No. More. Candy.”?
Or, “I’ll just eat one or two” then you’re 2/3rds of the way through the gummy bag before you wake up and wonder, “What just happened?!”?
(Hand raised over here).
Sugar is a sneaky little bugger that whispers sweet nothings of, “Just have one more bite. You deserve it.”
We become addicted to the high and we can’t stop craving that powdered sweetness (especially when we’ve been up every hour trying to coax a cranky munchkin back to sleep).
But it’s obviously not good for us in large quantities. It can impact our energy, mood, gut, heart, immune system…
So it’s smart to cut down on the amount of sweet stuff you eat. No, you don’t have to go crazy and throw out every bit of sugar in your house. Just trying to consume less is a great start.
Yes it isn’t good for you. Yes it’ll probably make you feel like garbage and you’d be better off without it. But having little bites here and there is not the end of the world.
As Chris Kresser says:
“If every now and then you decide to indulge in a piece of dark chocolate or have a scoop of real ice cream made with refined sugar, you shouldn’t mentally and emotionally beat yourself up or force yourself into a week-long “detox” to make up for your dietary transgression.”
So yeah. Like I said, there’s no pressure to quit sugar for the rest of your life. Just eating less is awesome.
But if you’re trying to cut down on the amount of white sugar, and processed sugary stuff you eat, it can be challenging to just cut out the sweetness cold turkey.
Which is why I’m a fan of refined-sugar-free dessert options.