This morning, I got up early to do a nice pilates workout before getting the day. Working out is a sweet start to the day for me. I love getting in my workout early, and having the rest of the morning to do my usual routine.
Speaking of sweet things, I’ve always had a big sweet tooth. I’m not one to crave savory, I’ll admit that sweets will always win that battle.
Since I woke up with my sweet tooth, I made sure to satisfy this craving with a little chocolate in todays meal. Thinking of adding chocolate into my meals used to give me a slight panic attack.
From my experience with having an eating disorder, I was under the impression that sugar was the devil in disguise. Stevia was my saving grace. What better way to cover up my love for sweetness than using a calorie and sugar free way to sweeten my foods?
While I do prefer the taste of stevia sweetened foods to overly sweet treats, there’s no harm in accepting my sweet tooth and indulging every once in a while in having a treat with real sugar.
When people asked if I liked sugar, I scoffed at the thought of it. It just wasn’t an option in my mind.
Forcing myself to see all sugar as a bad thing was the only way I could convince myself to avoid it.
Another thing that had to be avoided? Fruits. Bananas, apples, dates, pears, anything, even naturally sweetened became a food fear.
Let’s be honest, fruit is different from regular sugar. It contains nutrients, fiber, water, minerals, antioxidants, and more incredible benefits to our bodies.
We especially need fruits, since veggies don’t contain those amazing antioxidants fruits do! Of course, it’s not healthy to start bingeing on fruits, but in moderation they are super healthy to incorporate!
Society has convinced us fruit is bad, when it’s not. Slowly, I added in an apple here, a banana there, until I was comfortable with eating fruit everyday. It sounds silly, but it’s true.
The negatives that came from adding fruit into my diet?
Well, if you can say that more energy, less brain fog, lessened fatigue; then those are the negatives…Even though I haven’t totally conquered this fear of sugar, I still manage to add a little sweetness to my day at some point.
Do you have a sweet or savory tooth?
Have you ever fallen victim to the sugar stigma?
What’s your favorite treat to enjoy?