Day three of the detox! It’s getting easier – I’ve been making smoothies, cooking up soups, and I’ve given up on the juice. It’s just not filling to me. And I’ve been enjoying my dates.
Going into this detox, I thought it would be a great way to sort of cleanse and prepare for the month ahead. I rarely drink coffee so I knew not having caffeine wouldn’t be hard, and since I’m vegan giving up meat or dairy wasn’t an issue. Sure, I don’t normally start my day with liquids, but I’ve actually been enjoying the smoothies, and once I bought some almond butter, snacks have been fine, too. And I was excited about devoting four days to yoga.
What I have learned since eating this way, with so many rules and regulations, is just how much I crave sugar.
Boy oh boy, do I crave sugar!
I guess I knew that I ate some candy or chocolate after every meal, but I didn’t really think about it until those foods became “forbidden.” Candy is my friend, and I love it all – gumdrops, licorice, taffy, necco wafers. You name it, if it’s sugar-based I probably enjoy it. Now, I know all this sugar isn’t good for me and I do try to limit it to one or two pieces after a meal, but still – it’s there and I eat it.
Since I can’t have my candy, these last few days have found me reaching for dried fruits – dates, apricots, even raisins. Hey, it’s nature’s candy, right? Part of me wants to think: It’s fruit! That means it’s good for me: Go ahead and eat all you want. But the other part of me thinks maybe I should try to examine this whole “needing” sweets thing.
So I’ve been sitting here thinking about what to do about that. Obviously eating sweet things isn’t bad for us, and I don’t think I need to give it all up. But I do think I should probably try to be more mindful about eating – to REALIZE I’m having a treat and to enjoy it rather than mindlessly grabbing a few pieces of candy corn after I finish my lunch. And frankly, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to avoid all that high fructose corn syrup. (I’m a big fan of Dr. Andrew Weil, and he hates the stuff
I’ve decided I’m going to try to make January a candy-free month. I’m not going to stop enjoying sweet treats, but I’m going to try to make those treats a little more of an indulgence. Some dried apricots with dark chocolate, figs cooked in red wine
(delicious!), baked apples, or even homemade cookies, something I can actually sit down and enjoy rather than pop from a box while I’m running out the door. Not that I couldn’t do that with cookies, but I think I’m much less likely too.