A friend asked me to get them a cup of coffee the other day. Four creams. Two Equals.
There is so much wrong there, but let’s just concentrate on the Equal for a moment, shall we?
I countered that Equal was poison. They acted shocked and said, “Really? So I should get sugar?”
I don’t drink coffee. I never have. I tried it for a while in high school and just didn’t like it. I feel like I want to like coffee. I feel like I would like the ritual of coffee. But I just don’t like the taste. So, I don’t drink it.
I stopped using artificial sweeteners long before I began clean eating. Let’s just begin by looking at the name – artificial sweeteners.
I won’t get all scientific. We’ve all heard that artificial sweeteners may cause cancer, weight gain and migraine headaches. But I’m not a scientist, so I’ll just stop at the word “artificial”. And that’s enough reason right there to not put it in my body.
So would I recommend sugar instead? Well, I wouldn’t really recommend artificial sweeteners or sugar, but if I had to choose? Sugar. At the very least, it has connections to something natural, and that is far better than the chemical shitstorm that is Equal.
Since I started clean eating, I don’t use sugar anymore either. If I need to sweeten something, I use honey or maple syrup. Occasionally, I’ll use coconut sugar in a recipe, but for the most part, I just don’t find it necessary anymore.
Y’all, this is coming from a former 4 Coke-a-day person….a glazed-donut-eating, sweet-tea-drinking sugar-holic.
Sometimes all I can do is look back at my former self and shake my head.
Since I switched to drinking only water, my tastes have totally changed. Even when I drink hot herbal tea now, I don’t sweeten it at all. I find that I love the taste of the herbs and it isn’t necessary to cover the flavors with sweetness.
Our addiction to sugar can be difficult to break. I can tell you though, there is an endpoint to the addiction and the benefits are amazing. Just by quitting drinking Coke 2 years ago, I lost 9 pounds in about 2 weeks.
Here are a few ways to break that sugar cycle:
- Eat lots of fresh, whole fruits
- Stay away from artificial sweeteners
- Clean out your pantry! Sugar is hiding everywhere!!
- Go cold turkey! One bite usually leads to two…
I know it’s not easy. Believe me. I know it’s not easy. I did it. But once that sugar craving turns off, it turns off.
To go from literally craving Coke and sweet tea as my drink of choice all day long, to not even being able to imagine taking a sip of either is astounding. I feel so much better, too.
Sugar is a known inflammatory. Chronic low-grade inflammation can contribute to a number of conditions. Some of these are:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Autoimmune disease
Wait. Acne? Yes, acne. My skin was never awful, but I often found myself lamenting the random, well-placed zit on my face. I’m an adult! Why am I still getting acne??
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It only makes sense that our nutrition would affect the way it looks.
Clean eating = beautiful skin!
I overheard a conversation the other day at the grocery store. A clerk was talking to a customer and she was explaining to the customer how she was doing a sugar detox. The customer reacted pretty typically:
The horrified “No sugar at all?!?!”
The clerk responded that she could eat fruit, but that no, she was not eating sugar in any form. She said that it was hard, but she was 13 days in and she was feeling really good.
The customer then said the one phrase that I absolutely cannot stand:
“I wish I could do that.”
Then do it! This doesn’t require superpowers! If you want to feel better, it is literally in your own hands. Every piece of food that you carry to your lips is an opportunity to make a better decision.
We look to big pharma to cure us, when our diets are the ultimate panacea.
This is about your health.
I can’t think of a better reason.