So I decided to do a Pinterest board to celebrate and share the love of being sugar-free this month. To add to my board, I do a search for “sugarfree”, and lo and behold, my search returns….
They’re sugar-free, grant you. But they’re all desserts.
So I add “paleo” to the description. After all, I’m being paleo inspired this month as well. Surely that will return some more robust food options.
What do I get? Still desserts.
Add “vegan.” Desserts.
Add “grainfree.” Desserts.
What is going on?!
It’s like our decision to go sugar-free has created this gaping hole that can only be filled by replicating the very ingredient we’re avoiding!
Okay, people, let’s buck up together. I’m a fan of a good sugar-free brownie just like the rest of us. But the point in going sugar-free for a few weeks or a month isn’t to be constantly substituting for our “deprivation.” Our goal is to re-sensitize our overly-sugared tastebuds to the subtle and delicious possibilities of our palate.
Let’s take the plunge. Let’s go sugar-free for real.
So rather than adding non-caloric sweetener to make a faux blueberry crumble, let’s dare to take a step back and jump into a different diet altogether. We are not depriving ourselves; we are nourishing ourselves. This isn’t a pity party or a diet, it’s a festival of culinary possibility.
Let’s embrace the sugar free! Embrace real food! Embrace no additives, no sweeteners, no corn syrup, no calorie-free substitutions! (Except the best hot cocoa ever. You get one gimmee :))
I’m three weeks in and I gotta say, it’s not a hardship. I’m gonna keep the ship going.
Jump on in. The sugar-free water is just fine.
And PS: Check out my Pinterest board!