Today's update - so far so good. I'm holding strong and sticking to my sugar fast.

I've been surprised with myself because not only have I skipped over all candy, chocolate and cakes but I've not had any honey or pure maple syrup either - things I consider natural sweeteners.

I am eating a lot of whole fruits in case you're wondering - it's helping me keep going.

But my mind is missing sugar more than my body.

Sugar - The Great Gatherer

I began to reflect yesterday on why I love sugar so much. Of course part of it's the taste - I can't deny I've got a sweet tooth. Plain and simple - I love sugary stuff.

But I'm really doing OK not eating it... I mean I miss it but I am living fine without it.

It got me thinking - maybe my love of sugar is deeper than my palate. Maybe I love sugar because of what it often means to me.

I realized sugar is often used to bring us together and create moments to enjoy.

I bake a batch of cookies and my household congregates to the kitchen.

We celebrate a birthday and everyone circles around a beautiful iced cake.

Cheers with margaritas bring out the smiles and end the day on a high note.

Cinnamon rolls gather us around the table where we talk and laugh with one another.

Freedom With Sugar

I'm glad I'm doing this sugar fast because it's helping me be very mindful about how much of it I eat.

I've still got a lot to learn about how to adequately moderate it once it's incorporated back into my diet. (I can't not return to baking!)

But I'm also uncovering why I have such a deep love and appreciation for it - I cherish the moments sugary foods have helped create; they are some of the most meaningful in my life.

And while that doesn't mean I'm going to end my sugar fast today, it does mean today I'm pausing to be grateful.

To experience the freedom that says sugar isn't all bad but on the contrary, it brings a lot of good - a lot of wonderful, sweet people and experiences into my life.