When I first started typing this post back at the end of October my mind was already going crazy at the thought of no sugar – in the title my fingers accidentally spelled out “shugar” and “suger” before I got it correct. Then on November 3 Starbucks came out with their holiday drinks selection and there was no way I was not going to buy an iced Gingerbread Latte every single day. Yeah, I did (am doing) that. Clearly this was not meant to be.
I realized I needed to cut out sugar because it makes me feel sick a lot, and I have an addiction to soda. Let’s be clear here – it’s soda, not pop! Don’t argue with me.
I had no pictures of me drinking sodas except this one of me out on the lake this summer, because it would have been awkward of me to sit in my office taking pictures of myself sippin’ a soda. There’s always the argument that it was weird of me to take this picture in the first place, because it totally is.
I was going to try the 7-day challenge of no sugar unless it’s natural, like from fruit. Then my friend reminded me that the Christmas drinks at Starbucks were coming to town like Santa Claus on November 3, and then until today I kind of forgot I was going to do this challenge.
Why am I cutting out sugar, you ask? Essentially sugar violates my whole “eat only what makes me feel good” philosophy. Sure, it makes me feel incredibly happy when I’m eating it because it’s OMGSOGOOD, but then I always feel sick. I’ve never finished a stack of cookies and afterward thought, “That was a really good idea. I’m glad I did that.”
Except the below mess. This looks like a pile of crap, I’m aware of that. However, it’s one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten. Readers, meet pecan pie from the Neelys’ restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee.
A few months ago I read a very interesting article in the New York Times about the potential dangers of sugar. I’m not one to subscribe to the vastly varying philosophies on which nutrients are good/bad at the moment, but this article really did strike a chord with me. Especially since sugar already makes me feel sick!
Definitely have a read. It’s long, but it’s worth it.
In my no sugar challenge I won’t cheat by having fake sweeteners. No sweetness unless it’s natural! Now I just have to decide when to start …