It has now been three weeks of no sugar, but thanks to melon season, my life has not been lacking in sweets. I got an 8 kilo watermelon a few days ago and am already more than halfway done with it (don’t worry, I shared!) I’ve also felt like I enjoy natural foods more, like peanut butter and plain yogurt, and have less desire to eat sugary dessets. The No Sugar Rule has twice given me an excuse to refuse pastries I didn’t want, which I often find difficult when someone baked something themselves.
I am realizing how difficult it is to avoid sugar when you are not making all your own food, particularly in sauces, breads, and drinks. Even in Morocco, where high fructose corn syrup is unheard of, sugar is lurking where you might not expect it. But with the dawn of cherry, peach, and melon season, my life is plenty sweet.
I have three weeks left of the No Sugar Experiment, and I am curious to see if sweetened foods will taste sweeter when I start eating them again. I’ll let you know!
Mint tea, almond pastilla, and flavored yogurts are staples in Morocco, but unfortunately have one thing in common: lots of sugar. Based on recent books, studies, and experiments of sugar-free life, more evidence is coming out that sugar is one of the worst things we can eat. Supposedly it works like any addictive substance, so that once you start putting three sugar cubes in your morning tea, you can’t easily cut back to two. Sugar can be hard to avoid in packaged foods, and sweet treats are often offered as a sign of hospitality, making them hard to refuse.
My mom and I have decided to see what the no-sugar revolution is all about by cutting sugar out of our lives for five weeks. We read that a sugar-free diet can lead to withdrawal symptoms, rapid weight loss, and drastically improved health. We don’t think we will see such a big difference seeing as neither of us eat much sugar as it is; just the occasional sweetened yogurt or some chocolate. However, one of our motivations is that it will give us the ability to easily turn down treats that are forced on us. We both dislike when people try to get us to eat unhealthy foods against our will, so it will give us a good excuse.
Our five weeks started strong on Tuesday, with three healthy meals and a dessert of a melon eaten directly from the skin with a spoon…very sweet. We’ll keep you updated!