I loved this article about sugar. I like the way the author does not make sugar a demon, but she gives the readers some ideas to think about.
When I first started eating healthier I tried to stay away from all added sugar. I quickly realized how unrealistic that was and limited my sugar intake from various sources. Again, I went a little on the extreme side there, but I needed to for me. I needed to get a kick in the rear to see exactly how much sugar I was eating on a regular basis.
Now I pay attention to how much added sugar I am eating, but I don't necessarily go crazy about it. For example, this morning I had dark chocolate covered cherries for my morning snack. Of course there was a TON more sugar in that snack that I usually had, but I've been pretty good about eating lately and felt that I could substitute a treat for a healthy snack today.
Being healthy is definitely a balancing act. Too many times of "just this once" can lead to a downward spiral. On the other hand, never enjoying your food is a dangerous path as well. The key, which I think this article points out well, is to be aware of what we are eating and to make choices every time we choose a food.
How do you judge the amount of "bad" choices you are making? Do you have a plan for each meal, day, or week? How do you make sure to balance the bad with the good?