Today’s subject is sweet, or to put it plainly, sugary sweet.
That’s right everyone; today we are talking all about sugar: both the good and the bad!
It’s hard to believe, but those tiny, sparkly, sugary granules can produce such a love-hate relationship for so many. I love the way the sweet stuff tastes in my favorite sugar-filled desserts and candy. When I close my eyes and indulge in a homemade dark chocolate brownie, rich vanilla bean ice cream, or red velvet cake covered in cream cheese icing, the result can be positively euphoric. The taste, the smell, and the practice of enjoying a fantastic dessert are experiences that should be enjoyed to the fullest by all. It is truly one of life’s sweetest indulgences, both literally and figuratively!
For me, splitting a slice of pumpkin pecan cheesecake with my husband on our date night Friday was one of those life moments I don’t ever want to miss. It filled my heart and my stomach with a satisfaction so comforting and sweet, and provided me with a true foodie experience that I won’t soon forget. It was one that satisfied my yearning for both sweet taste and sweet company. I ate about a third of the cheesecake and felt perfectly satisfied and content to box up the rest to take home.
Fast forward to Saturday evening, and I decided to have the last bit of my cheesecake for a sweet treat. Don’t get me wrong, it tasted delicious, but something seemed to be different than the night before. Was the handsome company missing? Yes. Was it the restaurant atmosphere that was now excluded? Yes. How about the overall sweet and memorable experience from the night before was what had changed? Yes!
It is strange how something so simple, like a shift in experience or one sweet bite too many, can completely change the remembrance of a meal. What tasted so perfect two nights before now left me feeling a tad-bit lethargic, run-down, and complete with a sugar headache Sunday morning. Ever since I have been a part of Best Body Bootcamp, I have been doing my best to avoid too much sugar as much as possible. I find my workouts are way more fun and productive when I stick to the healthy stuff than when I am overindulging. I actually crave exercise when my mind feels clear, my stomach feels nourished, and my body feels well-rested; go figure!
However, this recent avoidance of sugar has seemingly made me more sensitive to its inclusion in recipes. It is as if my body has built up intolerance to it and the amount that may have been perfect just a month before is now too much for my body to process in a healthy way. So although a few bites of cheesecake may have been perfect Friday, a few more sugary bites on Saturday may have been just too much for me to handle. I used to be able to put down a huge piece of chocolate cake without a second thought and without much negative physical implication, but now I try and focus more on how my body will feel and less on how that next bite will taste. My continued philosophy is that treats should always be enjoyed in moderation without having to worry about waking up the next morning not feeling so great!
I still love desserts as much as the next sweet lover and that will never ever change! I will continue to indulge as experiences come, but I will also keep my sugar intake at the correct level for me and my own health. It may be less than others, or it may be more, but it is important for each of us to find that balance to live a happy, healthy and very sweet life!
Life Rule #1: Wedding cake, especially your own, should never ever be skipped!
Disclaimer – I am not bashing sugar whatsoever, and I think it absolutely has its place in a healthy diet! I just wanted to share my most recent sugar experience with all of you so that if someone needs encouragement today, they will know they are not alone in the great sugar debate!
I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject!
- What are your thoughts on sugar intake? Do you think the company kept and experience had while eating a sweet-treat can make a difference in how it taste and in how it’s remembered?
- Do you find that your body is more susceptible to a sugar overdose when you are eating healthier, exercising regularly, and eating less of the sweet stuff?
- Do you think it’s possible to build a tolerance to sugar? Does your body seem to react negatively to sugar, or does sugar not affect you in a negative way at all?
- Let’s be honest – The majority of us absolutely loves dessert! What are the desserts you can’t live without?