As a child, I never had a sweet tooth. In fact, I can remember eating ice cream and feeling horribly thirsty afterward. But hand me a bag of chips and I was a happy camper. I adored savory foods and couldn’t understand the hype over a chocolate bar. Then, when I was 19 years old my taste buds did a 180.
I tried my first sugar/carb free diet and two weeks later I remember craving sugar so strongly that I broke my diet and binged on a bunch of sugar for the first time in my life!
For the next six years I would either be sugar-free or sugar full. I tried everything from elimination diets to the natural only sugar diet to try to get my sugar addiction under control. But every two days, two weeks, or a couple of months later, my sugar cravings would come back with a vengeance. I would be at the corner store devouring anything sweet in sight, just to calm the craving down.
Nowadays, I have changed my relationship with sugar to a more balanced one that is working really well. Instead of crossing it off of my list forever, which never really worked to begin with, I try and have a little bit every single day. Anything less than this, makes me feel deprived, and anything more than this makes me feel sick.
I don’t do this because I want to be skinny I do it because I want to feel good in my body! And this deceptively simple approach has successfully kept me from binge eating on sugar.
More often than not my story is incredibly common amongst people that feel like they are addicted to sugar and can’t get it under control – no matter what they do. If this is you, perhaps you need to try a more balanced approach.
You can start off by trying to get into a different mindset around it. If you are thinking negative feelings the whole time you are eating it, that is how it will digest in your body. You also want to take into account the amount of sugar you’re having and the time of day you are ingesting it. I encourage you to play around with this concept until you find your inner sweet spot. Literally.
Through my own trial and error I have found that midday is usually the best time for me to have a little bit of sugar. When I start off with a sugar-free breakfast it sets me up for a high energy day. So today, I wanted to share with you my savory take on French toast. I hope you enjoy it!
Savory French Toast
Splash of Balsamic Vinegar
Spices such as Italian Herb Mix, Cumin, Cayenne pepper, Onion Powder, Smoked Paprika and Salt
2 slices of bread
Butter or Coconut Oil
Ground flax seeds
- Whisk the eggs, balsamic vinegar and spices together in a large bowl
- Heat a small frying pan with butter over a medium-high flame
- Dip each slice of bread in the mixture and let it sit for 30 seconds
- Place it in the pan and cook both sides until it’s golden brown
- Serve with optional toppings of your choice
Time to dish: how’s your relationship with sugar? Do you feel in balance, or out of balance with it?
This week/end, give my savory French Toast recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments below. And of course, feel free to share some of your tips (and recipes!) for staying in balance with sugar.