Sadly, Saturday morning the facts were staring me in the face. I dumped the last of our sugar bucket into the canister. You may remember when I made my first bulk purchase. I went back to check the date. It was March 12th that I bought 50 pounds of evaporated cane juice. So, in slightly more than 6 months, my family (and daycare kids) have consumed 50 pounds of sugar. Eek! Of course that doesn't include the already prepared foods we buy whether they be bags of tortilla chips, a candy bar or the dozen donuts that my husband will dive 20 miles for at 5:30 in the morning just for his "fix."
Just the thought of consuming 50 pounds of sugar makes me nauseous. I was so distraught about it that I brought it up to Hubby. He said, "Well that's only 10 pounds each." Yeah, no help there. Since Saturday, I've been thinking of ways to reduce our sugar intake. I don't plan to eliminate it completely because I value my marriage and I know full well that sweet tea ranks higher than me any day. Even if it's not gone completely, there are a number of things I can do and I think most are things that my family won't notice (I find that those are the best changes.).
- Whatever the amount of sugar is in a recipe (or the amount I use), cut it in half.
- Use maple syrup and honey where applicable.
- Make/eat fewer sweets.
- Incorporate whatever sweets we are eating into the meal, rather than eating them separately, ie. a muffin with a scrambled egg for breakfast rather than a bowl of ice cream before bed.