I have a sweet tooth. And although I have spent a few years avoiding refined sugars, it has never been a permanent change. And I suspect it might not ever happen. I guess I just couldn't imagine not eating wedding cake at my own wedding. And although I would love to give my children a very healthy diet, I don't want them to go completely berserk at a birthday party at their first taste of refined sugar or, God forbid, sweeteners!
I have been inspired by the Nourishing Traditions way of eating because it might help explain why I did not necessarily enjoy improved health during my ten years as a vegetarian. The key elements I am taking away from my reading, and introducing into my home are:
- Whole Foods contain nutrients which are stripped away during processing. And so I am purchasing unrefined salt, unrefined sugars, and unrefined oils as much as possible.
- Some whole foods, such as grains, nuts and seeds are not easily digested by humans and therefore require processing. By processing I do not mean heat and industrial conveyor belts, but fermenting, soaking, and sprouting. These are time consuming activities, but possibly worth it?
- You will be hungry until you provide your body with the nutrients it needs. By eating properly, cravings for sweets and the like diminish naturally.
And so I am working my way through my pantry. Using up what I have, replacing with whole foods options, and simply not buying the more processed products. I am not entirely sure where this journey will take me. We will see how I get on. And how the family gets on as well!