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Losing the Taste for Sweet

I would have said at one time that it was impossible I would lose my taste for sweets, but to my surprise, after the last few years of very low carb eating, my taste for sweet has vastly diminished. Last night I was out to dinner with friends, I didn’t give the bread basket a second thought, then a dessert sampler was ordered for the table by one of my friends. I would have declined dessert if we had ordered individually. But, my friends are not on my low sugar-starch diet, and I don’t make a big deal when out with others.

So this big dessert platter with four desserts was put in the middle of the table. At one time I would have dived in and had my fair share, but instead I nabbed the strawberry settled on some whipped cream, had one tiny bite each of two of the desserts, an apple tart and a sticky pudding, and had no desire for more, indeed it was a ‘ho-hum’ experience. I just had no desire for any more. At the time I was not thinking much about it, but when I got home I realized what a different experience I just had from the years when I had to have my very own dessert in order to enjoy the meal.

So, take heart if you are still struggling with avoiding sweets. By maintaining good habits at home–no sweets live here–and avoiding most situations that are personal triggers, like convenience stores were for me, then given enough time, months to a couple years, we do gradually lose our super-sweetened palates and find pleasure in much healthier options. I make pumpkin custards, almond flour cup cakes, mousses, etc., ¬†sweetened only with a little bit of liquid stevia, and enjoy such treats as much or more than the old heavy sugar desserts.

All the negative issues with weight, inflammation in the cells, brain fog, and other such bad reactions to sugars-starches-artificial sweeteners, are enough to keep me on the path of good health which for me is anti-sugar.

Even when you fall off the wagon, and we all have, in the early days especially, take heart–it will get easier.

When you no longer feel deprived, you no longer want what is bad for you. To get to that point requires both habit changes and a change of mindset, but the good news is that it can be done.

Yours in learning,

Nan aka Sugarbaby

Deprived? Really?

Does giving up sugars, sweeteners, and most carbs make you feel deprived? I know I felt that often, but what does it mean to be deprived? Are you truly deprived if the things you want are making you fat, unhealthy, and unhappy? We know the answer to that. Yes we want sweet tastes as long as we keep feeding them, but that passes fairly quickly. So you can’t have something you wanted, does that mean you still can’t have lots of wonderful things in your life that will be more rewarding–of course not. I would rather be able to walk up a couple flights of stairs without huffing and puffing. I would rather eat better food at better restaurants. I would rather wear attractive clothes instead of hiding in loose garments.

Make a list of all the things you want to do that you can’t do now, and as long as your brain is obsessing about the next sugar-sweet fix.Want to ski, dance, meet a special person, play with kids, go hiking, enjoy the beach. Life was not meant to be lived for food; food is supposed to support life–a great life.

There’s an old saying about people who either live to eat, or eat to live. I’ve made my decision. I now eat to live. Even if that means I’m the oddball, eccentric, health-nut, or any other thing people might throw my way. Words can’t hurt me nearly as much as sweet can. Besides, I don’t mind being special; being the person who goes against the old Conventional Wisdom (which is in fact the new foolishness).

I have no desire to convert anyone who doesn’t want to be on this path with me. But for those who have struggled desperately with sugar-sweet-carb craviings,who know they are sugaraholics, there is a healthy and safe path to freedom: Give up the sweet.

Until next time,
Sugarbaby