I can see the finishing line! I can smell chocolate! The reason I decided not to write every day was because it would add to the torture to have to write about not eating chocolate and the benefits of not eating sugar – I love sweets! But I have to say that the saying that habits can be broken in a month is true. As long as I wasn’t writing about it or thinking about it, I could actually handle not eating sweets, although, I would not have made it through the month if I had to cut out natural sugar as well. The dried fruit had enough sweetness to stop me going nuts and if I have to think of the benefits, the only one really is that I want to continue not overdosing on sugar.
I’m going to start using only a quarter of the sugar stated in a recipe and limit my consumption of processed sugar considerably now that I’ve discovered some healthy alternatives. Chocolate, however is another story. I have to say that whilst before I would eat any kind of chocolate regardless of the quality, now the taste of bad quality chocolate is repulsive to me. A good quality dark chocolate such as Lindt is delicious and I don’t need to eat a lot to be satisfied. So because I like happy endings, I’ll finish by saying that realistically I will continue to eat sugar but not to the extent that I used to. I’ve become more conscious now of what I’m putting in my mouth and what some healthier alternative are to satisfy my sweet tooth. I’ll make a conscious effort to choose savoury, low-fat snacks…yes, I’ll go easier on the peanuts.
I do live in the real world and I have three children who earn pocket money and enjoy their treats like every other kid. I can’t be a control freak (anymore) and grandma is happy that she can bring over a 5000 calorie cake and have the joy of watching her grandkids running amok in sugar induced fits. Ah, life is sweet!