Cutting back on refined sugar is not an easy task. Recently, I tried a low sugar diet for three weeks before I succumbed to failure. I wanted to lose 10 pounds of winter weight but I guess I’ll have to find another way.
Sugar is like a highly addictive drug for me. I just can’t stop thinking about it. Trying to stay away from it during my attempted diet was a disaster. The harder I tried to do without it, the more I wanted it.
I know that too much sugar is detrimental to your health. I’m getting older and have to watch things like that. The body becomes less forgiving as the years go by. Artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame and Sucralose are just gross. These substitutes taste terrible, even when they’re slipped discreetly into food and drinks. Stevia, a plant based sweetener, is only mildly tolerable in small quantities.
The Morning Mistakes
My morning starts with strong coffee. For years, I’ve added vanilla creamer and mini marshmallows to make it deliciously sweet and frothy. My 2 tablespoon dose of creamer supplies 10g of sugar. A half cup of marshmallows is 13g of sugar. The top two ingredients in the marshmallows should have been enough to scare me straight but haven’t. They are corn syrup and sugar. My downward spiral continues into mid-morning with a 16g of sugar Pop Tart.
During the diet, I eliminated the marshmallows and skipped the Pop Tarts. This was a big mistake. By lunchtime, I would crave sugar and carbs like there was no tomorrow. I realized I didn’t care about tomorrow, or the diet or my health. I needed my sugar, and a lot of it! Without sugar, my moods were worse than usual and I felt like I had no energy.
A Friend for all Seasons
My sugar cravings also seem to directly correlate with the weather. The colder and darker the day, the more I want it. Sugar has become my best friend. It’s always there when I need it, especially when I am bored, depressed or feeling like I’m coming down with a cold. Sugar is my comfort and reward.
The Donut Dream
My biggest wake up call came in my sleep one night. It was at this time that I knew I was a true sugar addict. I had a dream that I was working in a donut shop. I was surrounded by beautiful donuts of all shapes, sizes and colors. The store was called Everyday Donuts. The donut boxes read: Every Day and Every Donut is a Celebration!
I woke up at 2 a.m. disappointed that I did not have all those wonderful donuts around me. At that moment, I decided to admit defeat, reunite with sugar and continue the unhealthy and obsessive relationship. I’ll just have to take my chances that I will not end up with diabetes, heart disease or other health problems. Some addictions can make you feel like they’re worth the risk.