Why I Eat Sugar

I love sugar. Well, it’s more of an obsession really. I literally will start salivating at the sight of brownies. And I refuse to leave a fancy restaurant without dessert, even if I’m stuffed. I’ll take it home, then eat it as soon as I walk through the door.

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Cheesecake Factory – I’ll never leave that place without a slice of goodness!

Back in the day, when I was in that hole of an ED, I avoided sugar at all costs. I was all about the replacements. Sugar free cookies? Oh I can eat those!! Ice cream? Nope can’t do it. Sugar to me meant fat. Sugar substitutes meant lower calories. A lower calorie count won over taste and nutrition every time.

Well, not anymore.

Now I eat sugar in some sinfully sweet dessert form once a week. Yes, once a week. At least.

I know it’s high in calories.

I know it’s bad for my brain.

I know it leads to diabetes.

I know it causes weight gain.

Want to know something else? I just don’t care.

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Mile High Mud Pie

After so many years of deprivation and depression and suffering through unsatisfying "healthy" desserts, I’m just over it.

And you are not going to convince me that any of those low fat sugar free substitutes taste better than the real thing. In fact, I’m going to go so far as to say that REAL cookies with REAL butter and sugar is by far better for you than cookies with fake sugar and butter. You can’t honestly tell me you’d rather have a cheesecake made with fat free cream cheese and stevia over the full fat version. It just doesn’t taste the same. AT ALL. But that’s just my opinion.

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Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

I understand that too much of a good thing is bad. Trust me, Halloween and Christmas each keep me in a sugar coma for a week. But I enjoy my holidays more when I’m not depriving myself. I can actually sit with my family and have a good time, instead of drooling on myself while they eat their pieces of pie. I actually feel joy and am able to relax, instead of focusing on all the foods and what I can and can’t eat.

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Toffee caramel apple

After so many years of telling myself no, after so many years of depriving my taste buds of the joy of sugar, I just can’t do it anymore. For those of you who have had success giving up sugar or surviving off raw desserts, I commend you. It’s just not for me. I need my sugar. I need my chocolate. It keeps me sane, and whether you think that’s “healthy” or not, it’s not going to change.

Healthy to me is living, not depriving. I say if you want to have a piece of cake, have a dang piece of cake. And refuse to feel bad about it.

What’s your take on sugar? Do you avoid it? Do you allow yourself to have it sometimes?

23 comments to Why I Eat Sugar

  • Genevieve

    Hi SPA ‘sister’ – I personally do not have the sweet tooth most girls have but I love chocolate! I don’t think that eating sweets once a week will hurt you in the long run, moderation is the key to success!

  • Good for you!!!! My opinion is Everything in moderation and balance!! :0) spa love!

  • Amen amen amen. seriously. I am the same way and literally was drooling over some of those pictures. balance all the way!

  • THANK YOU for writing this! Everything in moderation is the way to go… I’m really sick of people freaking out about sugar like OMG OBESITY EPIDEMIC WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE IN 2030 AHHHHH! Seriously… if you’re an adult and you’re not obese now, you probably won’t be in 2030. Eat a cupcake. :)

  • AMEN SISTA!!! While I LOVE my stevia, if I am going to make cookies or eat a dessert, I do want the real thing..which is why when I made cookies for my BBQ this past sunday, I USED REAL SUGAR!!! I don’t have a sweet tooth mainly because real sugar in things to me is not labeled…take off the labels, and take off the “omg i cant stop eating this” type of feeling or attitude. Great post!

  • I’m so with Courtney – the quit sugar movement is killing me! Eat real food, eat sugar in moderation and enjoy it! I think those of us who have battled with EDs get fed up with the whole anti-sugar, anti-fat movement more than most. I love you for this today. And I want your dessert.

  • I love your post! I have lost 35 lbs, and I don’t think I have deprived myself. It drives me crazy when people assume and that do or don’t eat dessert based upon my weight. Sometimes I really want a good piece of cheesecake, and sometimes your cookies don’t look good and aren’t worth counting the calories. I say we all do what is best for us, and for me… everything is fine is moderation! -Fellow SPA!

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. I LOVE sugar!! I seriously live off of it, YES sugar can turn into fat in your body should you get too much..but that does not mean that having sugar here and there (and maybe a bit more) will make you fat. What makes people fat is lack of movement and an UNBALANCED diet. I HATE fake sugars. They have been proven time and again to lead to various health issues like HEART failure and brain issues!! GIVE ME THE REAL STUFF!!! If it’s from nature..it’s good. REAL sugar only for me!!

    Whoooa. I think this post got me excited! ;)

  • High Five! Woo! You go girl! Lol okay sorry. But no I totally agree with your take on sugar. I spent -years- avoiding sugar like it was the Devil, even going so far as to limit the sugar I got from fruit. Oh, those years weren’t in the least bit sweet ones. Thankfully, I smartened up, and I now have sugary treats whenever the old sweet tooth starts acting up. I know it’s not supposed to be the best for you, but like you I just really don’t care anymore. I ate clean for so long and all it gave me was misery. I’m done obsessing over food. Crave it, eat it, enjoy it, and move on.

  • yum! i love desserts too! I eat them almost everyday! yummy! haha just not in overloads everyday!

  • SPA love, great post. I enjoy my desserts as well.

  • My nick name/pet name from my husband is Cup Cake…. I’ll let you decide if I like dessert LOL. I totally agree with you. I deprived, said no, etc only to binge and for what to double what I would’ve eaten had I just allowed myself to enjoy! Go on with your mud pie girl!!!!

  • Kat

    I love sugar, I need to watch it though. I try to get it from fruit.but Oreos taste better;) Spa love!

  • [...] Right here, can I give a shout out to Kat at Katalyst Health for her post today: Why I Eat Sugar. I HATE the sugar hate out there – it’s not great, but it’s totally fine to have [...]

  • So funny you posted a pic of cheesecake factory- I just had a slice of their choc chip cookie dough flavor on Wednesday and to say it was delicious would be an understatement! I love this post because I completely share your sentiments. I used to live off Splenda and other artificial sweeteners but the thought of them make me sick now! I rather have a small bit of the real deal than some crappy alternative which will probably only increase my craving.

  • Soo great that you’re comfortable with that Kat! Like you said, too much of anything is terrible, but a lil sugar or ‘unhealthy’ food won’t kill us unless we have allergies to them and stuff. I’ve been truly embracing just how freeing and great it can be when we have moderation in everything! Moderation in eating some unhealthy things if we really want it and crave it/are with other people, exercising hard but learning to rest, etc.

  • I definitely agree with you! I have to stay away from sugar because of my heart, HOWEVER… the amount of pasta I eat is a bit ridiculous. I mean, let’s be honest, no one needs that much pasta. But I just really love spaghetti. So instead of measuring it out and eating a side salad to fill me up… I just enjoy my enormous plate of pasta… then get seconds. :D So I hear ya, girl! :)

  • Amen, sister! I’m with you. I eat mostly healthy, but I also enjoy life. And that includes sugar!

  • If you eat a healthy diet, exercise, and live a pretty conscious lifestyle, then I see nothing wrong AT ALL with indulging in a little sugar every now and then. Heck- go nuts if it’s just once a week- and it probably won’t matter at all in the end.
    I definitely agree that the more you deprive yourself, the more you want something, and the more likely you are to be miserable, b*tchy, and end up going on a crazy binge in the end.
    Thanks for this post! :)

  • [...] on the basis of allergy or moral grounds) is something that I don’t understand. So cheers to Kat at Katalyst Health for ‘Why I Eat [...]

  • Great post! I’m a former binge eater, sugar addict and have kept off 110 pounds for 4 years now. While I was losing the weight I ate a lot of processed crap because it had calories listed and it was easy for me to count that.

    Now? I would much rather eat REAL food, sugar included, than some diet, processed, non-food low calorie thing. Eating one homemade chocolate chip cookie is so much better than eating 5 diet cookies in my book!

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