I have a HUGE sweet tooth, but recently I have been making a conscious effort to avoid added sugars to my foods. I haven’t gotten to 100% no added sugar to my diet, but I’m not quite sure that’s my goal. I try to avoid extremes because they mostly end up not being sustainable. My goal is to actively recognize an added sugar as an added sugar- whether it’s maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, etc. it doesn’t matter what type it is. It doesn’t matter if it’s organic sugar.
Sugar is sugar.
And in addition to recognizing an added sugar, also avoiding them when possible. Not completely. It would legit make me sad to have my oat flour pancakes without maple syrup. Or overnight oats without a dash of coconut nectar. I’m not trying to go on a deprivation diet (I try to avoid extremes), but avoid the unnecessary dumping of sweeteners into my regular foods. And I have noticed a difference.
I can feel my cravings shifting from sweet to savory. I’m back on the west coast this week for my project. When I went to order breakfast this morning, I didn’t want my “regular” probiotic yogurt with berry compote (fruit and sugar), banana, and granola. It just seemed too sweet. I wanted something more savory. I ordered this delicious plant-based frittata bowl and felt completely satisfied. No sugar cravings to follow or feelings of deprivation.