January 19, 2011
My Battle with Refined Sugars
So, it's come to that time again where I feel like I've finally had it with refined sugars. I don't know if it's because I've been eating it so much lately, but I can totally feel a difference in myself when I've been eating it. I feel lethargic and achey and just not my best. I've cut back on refined sugars before and I felt so much lighter and clearer (I don't really know how to explain it...I just felt sort of "better"). I've been trying to do it ever since I bought Alicia Silversone's book The Kind Life where she talks about giving up refined sugar so you can harness your "super powers". It's a really good book for those looking for a great vegan read! I remember when I used to work at a natural foods store, I was talking to a customer who said that she thinks the vegans she knew ate so much sugar because they're trying to fill the hole of all the other foods they have to give up. (She was dead serious too. I don't happen to agree with her, but it's always stuck with me) So, from now on I'm going to try and experiment with other forms of sweeteners when I'm making my desserts. I love agave, maple syrup, and brown rice syrup! So those are the one's you'll probably see in the future.
I'm not totally giving up on refined sugars, I'm just going to be saving it as a special occasion treat! (Plus I've found it really hard to make a good cookie without it.) So you'll probably see the occasional cookie made with refined sugars on here!
What's your guys' opinion on refined sugars? Have you tried giving it up before? What's your favorite alternative sweetener? Any tips?