I have a confession. I LOVE dessert. Especially ice cream. And brownies. And chocolate. Okay…fine…there are few sugary things that I don’t enjoy eating. But, I do know my limits and like to think that I don’t overdo it on the sweet stuff. At the same time, I’ll readily admit that I have taken advantage of the fact that I now weigh 6 pounds less than I did pre-pregnancy and may be eating more treats than I used to.
Like most Americans, I’m probably taking in more sugar than is healthy for me. The worst part is…I’m a dietitian, so I know better! Luckily, this far into my life, I’ve been able to get away with it – though that probably won’t always be the case. The truth is, it’s REALLY hard to not eat sugar. That’s probably because once you get a taste for sweet, your taste buds get used to the flavor, and then you crave it even more. Sneaky, sneaky!
And to make matters worse, my husband is a true sugar-holic. He can’t resist cake, ice cream, chocolate, and Splenda-sweetened coffee. It’s not hard for either one of us to convince the other that we need something sweet…that a trip to the corner bodega for ice cream will only take a few minutes, that we should get a Thai iced tea along with our takeout order, that one little chocolate croissant won’t hurt – you get the picture.
For all of these reasons, I convinced my hubby that we needed to do Joy Bauer’s 10-Day Sugar Detox program. This means that for 10 days, we’re skipping out on all added sugars – not just desserts. It includes sweetened yogurts, breads with sugar in the ingredients list, granola bars, most cereals, and many condiments.
Today was Day 1 and it was HARD! Even as I sit here writing this, I’m thinking about how I can’t eat the chocolate in the fridge – so tempting! At the same time, this one day has been quite an eye-opener. Although I typically put a good amount of thought about what I put into my body and what I make for my family, this “detox” has put a magnifying glass to each individual ingredient.