Inspiration from a Lifelong Vegetarian
– Writing and Photos

Photo Credit: Skye Gould/Tech Insider

Cookies, ice cream, donuts, cereal, sodas, and countless other treats are frequent and challenging temptations for many people. It can be hard to resist these products found in so many settings from grocery stores to movie theaters and birthday parties.

However, the reality is sugar is an addictive, unhealthy ingredient. Luckily I am not so drawn to sugar anymore, but when I posted on Facebook a few years ago that I was struggling, numerous people commented they were having a tough time avoiding sweets as well. Friends were trying many ways to moderate their sugar intake. We hear that the sweetener causes depression, weight gain, and lower immunity. This image indicates many more reasons to stay away from the stuff.

The good news is that stevia, coconut nectar, xylitol, monk fruit, brown rice syrup, and other sugar alternatives can be found at health food stores and increasingly at mainstream grocery stores. These options are becoming more popular by the moment. Conveniently, fresh fruit is another more nutritious option.