It’s a mild understatement to say that I have a sweet tooth. In fact, it’s still an understatement to say that I have a raging addiction to sugary treats. Even as a young girl with a painfully selective palate, I had no problems eating a wide range of sweets– baked goods, licorice, chocolates, hard candies, gummy candies, frostings, and custards. When it came to sugar, I didn’t judge. Now, as an adult with a more– um– inclusive diet, I still welcome sweets of all kinds into my pantry. I’m like the United Nations of Confections.
Something’s been nagging at me, though. Seriously– a lot of my nightmares for years now have involved choking on elaborately frosted baked goods. Death By Cupcakes. (No, I am not making that up.) I also experience a variety of afflictions– ranging from the ultra-mundane to the best-left-unmentioned– that I think might be linked to refined sugar intake. The idea scares and saddens me to an unreasonable extent (probably because I am a full-fledged sugar junkie), but I think I have to drastically reduce, if not eliminate, my consumption of refined and more heavily processed sugars.
As you all know, I’ve been trying to pay more attention to the food that goes into my body for the past few months. I’ve done a great job of taking out dairy products and upping my intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. (Mostly vegetables.) I’m attempting to eat in more often and to choose less processed and packaged foods when I can, although the reality of 14-hour days down on the causeway sometimes makes this difficult. Hello, Noodle Box!
My questions to myself are:
– How can I eat kale by the barrel full but still turn around and devour a 100g chocolate bar like it’s nothing at all? Without thinking, even?
– Why do I turn down goat’s cheese but say ‘yes, please!‘ to an assortment of vegan cupcakes? (Like dairy is automatically and always bad for me, but the vegan-ness of certain cupcakes cancels out their cupcakey-ness?)
– What makes it so hard for me to eat a moderate amount of sugar, instead of absolutely none at all or ALL THE SUGAR IN THE WORLD AT ONCE!!!?
And my questions to you, my dear readers, are:
– Have any of you ever taken sugar out of your diet successfully (and not welcomed it back soon afterward with slutty enthusiasm?) How, god, how?
– Did you have to take sugar out cold turkey, or was it actually possible to eat it in moderation? (And if the answer involves moderation, how was this humanly possible? Please share!!)
– Do you find that sugar intake (or a lack thereof) has a real impact on your health and well-being? How so?
– If you had to choose between a lemon coconut cupcake and a caramel truffle chocolate bar, would you choose the cupcake, the chocolate, or both? 🙂
Just kidding. I’d really like to kick my sugar habit. I just haven’t figured out how this is possible yet.