It's the end of the month and of our move away from sugar!
I will admit I've found it trickier than I thought it would be - maple syrup and dark chocolate had become some pantry staples!
BUT. I don't feel like this month was a failure.
For starters, I know I've dramatically decreased my sugar intake since Christmas time! Even just a week of Christmas cookies and pies can be hard to come off of, but this focus on sugar really helped me to detox it out.
Secondly, I've found a number of recipes I used to make (sweet potato muffins for example) which I could swap out the maple syrup for brown rice syrup. And if you've been wondering what's so great about brown rice syrup (since the nutritional label still has a high "sugar" content) it's because it is fructose-free and fructose is the compound in sugar that is to blame for a lot of the nasty health impacts cause by sugar.
Lastly, I think it does wonders to be in tune with your body and paying attention to your habits and the quality of the food you're eating. Trying to weed something out makes you focus on what you can ADD to your diet (more veggies, some sweet tooth curbers - cashew cream sauce hello!) not just take away.
So no matter how you did this month, whether you followed along some of my sugar-free advice (like finding out your cravings profile or making these sugar-free treats) I'd count it a success if you simply became in tune with your body and your health habits.
It's the best place to start!