Confessions of a Sugar Addict, Chapter 2

 

sugar and treats

Not a whole lot has changed since I wrote Confessions of a Sugar Addict in 2014. And that’s why, for those of you who know me, I’m about to tell you something that will have you calling me a liar. Simply put, you won’t believe me.  Drum roll please…I have not eaten sweets in 119 days (and counting).

say what

I’ll wait while you recuperate from fainting after reading that. I’m sure the shock must be overwhelming. I’m going to get an apple while I wait…be back in a few. Okay, I’m back. Hope you’re feeling better now.

shall we continue

Yes friends, I’m almost sugar free. ALMOST being the operative word. I’m not a perfect human. I have my vices and the white stuff happens to be one of them. Precisely because I’m flawed means I will again one day eat chocolate. It’s a given. Like bell bottoms making a comeback.

bell bottoms 2

Anyway, leading up to Christmas last year, I baked the usual treats for my Christmas party guests. Let’s just say I “sampled” a few more than actually necessary. For instance, I’ve been making pumpkin breads for years. I believe I know what they taste like. But did that stop me from making sure they were still delicious?

pumpkin breads

I also taste tested (to excess) English toffee, cinnamon pecans, and peanut butter filled Ritz Crackers dipped in milk chocolate I made for Marin Humane staff and Snickerdoodles, chocolate peppermint cookies and cranberry bread I baked for our feral cat volunteers. By December 28 I was thoroughly disgusted with myself, vowing that no more sweet treats would pass through my thin lips.

holdiay goodies

A few days into my feat of willpower, the flu found me. For 3 days, the thought of eating even a chocolate chip was repulsive. A week later and 5 lbs. lighter, I’d detoxed from the addictive white stuff that affects the same areas of the brain as cocaine. Hallelujah to no longer being prisoner to daily cravings! Or so I thought…

brains on sugar

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying I’m giving up sugar entirely. Besides, it’s hidden in just about everything. But here’s the thing; now I crave other stuff, like more fruit, which is fine. But mostly it’s salty, crunchy things I want. What’s with that? I’ve simply replaced one vice with another.

I’ve never been a big chip person but I now find myself eyeing Doritos like they’re a long lost lover. In fact, I bought a huge bag at Costco but after eating 3 servings in one sitting, I promptly dumped the remainder of the bag into the garbage bin, thwarting an attempt to retrieve them if another craving hit. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where George sneaks a chocolate eclair from his girlfriend’s mother’s trash. Had those chips still been in the bag, I may have done the same.

seinfeld eclair episode

Busted!

Then yesterday I bought a small bag of baked Cheetos thinking they’d at least be healthier. But honestly, the baked ones just don’t cut it. If you’re gonna cheat, go full fat, folks. So now I’m rethinking my sugar strike and asking myself what harm would a little bite do anyway? (Forgetting that I feel much better off the stuff.)

Well, I guess I’ll find out when I visit Savannah and Charleston in a couple weeks. You know how irresistible southern sweets are, right? So it’s doubtful I’ll be able to stroll by Savannah’s Candy Kitchen without stopping. I’m just sayin’. Whether I buy a gopher remains to be seen. I’m not already admitting defeat but being the imperfect human I am, I make no promises.

We’re talking gophers, people!

gopher candy

They’re called gophers because you always “gopher” another

2 thoughts on “Confessions of a Sugar Addict, Chapter 2

  1. Way to go, Janet. I think it’s only 21 days to break a bad addiction like sugar or flour, but then again. What do I know. I wish I could just get into my juice fast that I want to do for fifteen days with Joe Cross but it’s either too cold or I’m making my mom something to eat which I do on a daily basis now since I’m the chief cook and cleaner and everything else now. Plus the six kitties. Sometimes I’m so exhausted, I think the nondairy Ben and Jerry’s is my treat and then I read the label. Just as bad as the full boogie dairy! So there goes that treat that I really thought was a good one. Carbs off the chart. Try cutting the carbs down to twenty a day! It’s as impossible as finding something without sugar. And when you do find that, there’s something to replace it that’s worse like going fat-free and then they add a ton of sugar. No escaping it. Follow these simple rules: Eat less, eat real food and mostly plant-based (which you do) as Michael Pollan says!

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