Let’s just take a moment to really talk about food and processed sugar in this day and age. That comment I made on day 1 (“How am I going to survive the next 35 days? There is nothing I can eat.”) was slightly melodramatic, but it did hold some truth. This generation does a fair bit of eating on the fly, as well as choosing already prepared foods that require minimal work. Even if that food you choose is a pre-packaged salad, it comes with dressing!
The moment I gave up proceeded sugar, all those “convenient” options went out the window.
Have you ever stopped to read the ingredient list on the foods you eat? How many of them can you pronounce? How many do you recognize? Do you know all the different names for SUGAR? Because there are so many ways to say sugar… sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup, as well as barley malt, dextrose, maltose and rice syrup. There are many more, but this at least gives you an idea of the many ways sugar is found ‘hidden’ in the foods you’re eating. You also can’t assume something doesn’t have sugar in it because it isn’t “sweet”. This is not the first time in my life I’ve given up sugar; and even still I forget about some of the foods they sneak sugar into. Like ranch dressing- not something you would think to have sugar in it, and if you made it at home yourself it wouldn’t. But yep- commercially prepared ranch dressing has sugar in it! Most store bought salad dressings have sugar in them. Pasta sauce, bread, yogurt, most pre-packaged meals, crackers (even the non-sugary ones)… this list goes on and on and on. ?
You may not be ready to do a full on sugar free month, but starting to get familiar with the ingredients in the food you are eating is a great way to start to understand what you are putting in your body. Why would you change something you’re not even aware is an issue? Knowledge is power!
I know that making your own dressings and dips and sauces sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really not so bad. A lot of them can be made and then frozen until you need them, or kept in the fridge for a couple weeks. I’ve pinned a bunch of easy, sugar free recipes for ranch dressing, tomato sauce and more, so check out my “No Sugar Added” Pinterest board for inspiration! And if you have a favourite dressing/sauce recipe, feel free to share it below!