Foodist author Darya Rose suggests that we all need to find our own personal sugar sweet spot:
Unhealthy but tasty foods like sweeteners and flours highlight the differences between physical health and mental health. Yes, sugar can be dangerous when consumed in large quantities (which most of us do). Yes, we are all better off when we eat less of it (regardless of body weight). But no, it is not good to live in a state of constant deprivation. No, you couldn’t live that way forever even if you wanted to. And no, smaller more sensible amounts of these foods do not doom you to a life of ill health.
The physical-mental divide is the reason getting healthy is so difficult. The secret of success is learning to navigate it.
I totally respect folks who find that sugar abstinence works for them. But just as with going LC or vegan, what works for one person isn’t necessarily a good prescription for another.
Me, I like to paraphrase that font of wisdom, Reese Witherspoon (or her character in the movie in the movie How Do You Know):
Never eat to feel better; only eat to feel even better.
Sugar to cope? Not so good. Sugar as part of a social gathering or other special occasion? Not so bad. See Rose’s post for her tips for finding your sweet spot.