Thursday, February 26, 2009

WhAT HaVE i BeEN dOInG? / ThE sUGaR ShOW dOwn

So what have I been doing with my early spring? I have been enjoying some down time, spending time with friends and family, and working on some projects.
I decided to dedicate some time to taking better care of myself and to looking intently at my long term addiction to ..... SUGAR. I know that the amount of sugar I consume or don't consume greatly affects my moods and energy and I have adjusted and noticed its affects on my body for lots of years. I have cut back, I have switched to less refined or healthier options, I have "gone off" all obvious sugar i.e cookies, candy, soda, etc. All for varying amounts of time and success, but always to return to my old habits of using sugar as a drug. Using it to medicate my moods and soothe my disappointments and always wanting more and more once I got started. This year I decides to systematically remove all sugar or sugar acting substances from my diet.. No honey, no splenda, no maple syrup, no evaporated cane juice, etc. Your probably glad I wasn't blogging much in Jan, it wouldn't have been a very pretty story..
Did you know that there is sugar in planters peanuts and MSG ? Who knew! The grocery store becomes a kind of treasure hunt looking at the labels trying to find crackers that don't have sugar in them...
Well I am now almost at two months off of sugar, there have been a few concessions made,, a couple of Ricolla cough drops for a wicked sore throat and Hoisen sauce in my pho a couple of times as well. But I feel accomplished and empowered. I feel like my moods and energy levels have evened out but sometimes it is hard to tell when your so close to the changes.. I still feel a strong emotional pull towards some sugary things, in particular anything with frosting on it. So I am continuing to abstain completely, but hope to get to a place where I can occasionally indulge in a healthy dessert, without falling into the sugar abyss. What are your stories with sugar? I talk to some people who don't seem to care at all about sweets? and then others that can't fathom why I do such a torturous thing to myself as to avoid sugar...

2 comments:

Linda Sue said...

Sweet leaf liquid Vanilla creme stevia, at the Co-Op, just a couple of drops on frozen strawberries and it is like a sweet treat! The best Stevia is on line, same brand but english toffee flavour. Heavenly but if you use too much it becomes bitter. I can not have sugar (though I do sometimes..) so I use stevia when I really need a sweet fix.

cat said...

I've never been much of a sweet tooth, but I do go a little nuts with salt! I remember as a litle girl eating a pickle in one hand and potato chips in the other. To this day it has not changed one bit!

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