Today I am celebrating 300 days living without sugar. Sweet! If you want to know what compelled me to do such a thing in the first place, click here. If you are simply wondering if this has turned me into a high maintenance freak show with a fork, read on. I will answer that question right here and now.
But first, let me preface it by assuring you that I am not doing this for attention. When I go out to eat, I don’t interrogate the waiter, or send for the chef and insist they show me irrefutable evidence that there are no added sugars in the dish I am considering ordering. Of course, I don’t order dessert, or sweet and sour pork, but if there happens to be a little something in my yellow coconut curry chicken, I’m not going to worry about it. I’m going to eat it and enjoy it, and I’m going to do so with all my sugar-free integrity intact.
Why? Because of these two universal truths: No-one likes being kicked out of restaurants, and no-one likes eating alone. Good food and good friends are necessary for living a sweet life. Therefore, I have settled on a policy that keeps both intact. I abstain from sugar and all its cousins, but I use stevia to indulge in the sweetness of life.
Lest you think self-denial is involved, let me tell you what I often eat for breakfast. It’s a brownie topped with granola, whipped cream, and chocolate chips. Or… is it? That’s what it looks like, but it’s actually an incredibly protein-packed version that is not only sugar-free, but also gluten-free, chocolate-free and guilt-free! And, yes, it actually tastes great, too! It’s not just me who thinks so, either. Several unbiased sugar-eaters have wholeheartedly substantiated my claims. One of them even suggested I open my own cafe and serve it as the house special!
I thought that was sweet and all, but I have no desire to enter the restaurant business. With my luck, some over-zealous nut job would probably come in and want to know if my organic stevia powder was manufactured and transported without the use of fossil fuels. “I know its sugar-free and all,” they’d say. “But, what about the dinosaurs?” Wouldn’t that just take the cake?