Yesterday I mentioned that I was going to try out one of Ferriss’ suggestions. Granted I’m not following his whole diet, but in light of my recent post on sugar, his suggestion to cut out fruit has got me thinking. I don’t think that all sugar is bad. But I do believe highly processed foods are extremely detrimental to our health, and most sugar is highly processed. I don’t believe that fruit falls into the “highly processed” category by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel like shaking my eating habits up a bit!
In general, I’m careful about my processed sugar consumption. I find that cutting back on processed sugars keeps me from craving food like crazy, and more importantly it significantly reduces the amount of joint pain and stiffness I experience on a daily basis. Along this line, I rarely consume sugar substitutes, simply put, I don’t like the amount of processing that goes into them, and I want to moderate my sugar tolerance. Natural sugars taste a lot sweeter when your taste buds aren’t constantly assailed by artificially sweetened foods!
I’m not really sure what I’m expecting from this experiment… I’m headed to Orlando next Saturday and I’m not sure how realistic it will be to keep this up while being away from the comforts of home when my diet is already so restricted.
Will one week produce any tangible results? I think it’s unlikely but who knows? At the very least I will be eating more vegetables (since I will focus on keeping my macros the same), testing the boundaries of my self-control, and forcing myself to be more creative with my food choices! It’s going to be an interesting week… especially considering my parents just bought a bunch of fresh fruit this afternoon…
Tomorrow? Looks like it’s going to be a continuation of this theme, I’ll be blogging about cold therapy (which Ferriss talks about in his book) and blood glucose testing.
Do you have a favourite natural sweetener?
I love both the unique taste and sweetness of real maple syrup!