My predetermined 14-day refined sugar cleanse goal is over, and I'm glad I gave it a shot. As I've said before, I had been consuming far too many sugary treats during and after the holiday season, and my body and mind needed a break to get me started down a path toward greater sugar-consciousness. Two weeks may not seem like a very impressive timeline, but steering clear of refined sugar during those 14 days has indeed increased my awareness of my own sugar consumption and continues to help me to not go overboard with trying to satisfy my seemingly endless cravings for sweets. One thing that has helped in my commitment to veganism is to not view it in "diet" terms by seeing what I am not allowed to have, instead being open to what food I can incorporate into my lifestyle. I am trying to take a similar approach with sugar, allowing myself to consume small amounts of refined sugar now and then in favor of occasional, naturally-sweetened goodies, or at least those using unrefined sugars. And I'm trying to use this opportunity to incorporate more fresh, seasonal fruit into my lifestyle and to think of interesting, tasty ways to eat them.
Hopefully, I'll be able to spend more time in the kitchen this week. I feel like I haven't really cooked in quite awhile now, so I'm sure I'll be hitting the cookbooks and blogosphere very soon for inspiration.