Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Confessions of a Sugar Addict

There I have said it.  I AM an addict. (head hangs in shame)  BUT... I am going to overcome!  It has been 23 days without any sugar!  No white sugar, no corn syrup, no fructose, NO CHOCOLATE!!  I have to say that the first four days I felt AWFUL.  I had a horrendous headache, I was grumpy, and I missed  my chocolate.  But I am doing okay now.  I even went to a birthday party about 10 days ago and honestly, the cake, although beautifully decorated, did not look appealing at all.
Now I know what you are thinking.  This is totally NOT sustainable.  After all, who in their right mind will NEVER eat chocolate again?!  I may venture out in a few months and try some DARK chocolate, but no more milk chocolate for me.  And I am not totally crazy (at least about this ;-), I have been eating sweet things.  I LOVE dates!  I add raw honey to my cooked cereal and a tiny bit of real maple syrup on my pancakes.  So no, I am not giving up sweet things, just those nasty processed poisons...er white sugar and corn syrup.
Why you ask would I do something so extreme?  I have known for a LONG time that white sugar and especially corn syrup is bad - evil really, but I LIKE sweet things!  I guess thinking that I was having a heart attack was a strong motivation for me to change my behavior.
Now before anyone panics...I wasn't really having a heart attack; I was having a gallbladder attack - just as scary and painful.  And when I did the research - guess what causes gallstones? - yep...SUGAR!  But doesn't the gallbladder help digest fat?  Isn't it fat that causes gallstones?  Why would sugar be a problem?  I am not really sure why, but diets high in sugar (in my case chocolate!) often lead to stones - kidney stones, liver stones, and gallstones.  It is a POISON after all, and my body can't handle it.  I no longer have a gallbladder - *sigh*  And if sugar can cause that...what other organs will I lose?  And guess what else...CANCER (yes, that scary C word!)...guess what it feeds on.  Yes, (you are so smart!) it eats SUGAR!
I know I can't live forever.  But I want to be around to hold my grandchildren some day and I want to feel good - not old!
It has only been 23 days and I am amazed at the results. My skin is no longer dry.  I have more energy.  I don't have any cravings for junk food (amazing - I must admit!).   I feel so much better (well except for the surgical wounds ;-).
I CAN do this! - Want to join me?  I will share my dates and maple syrup ;-)

1 comment:

  1. Way to go!!!! Let me know if you want me to send you some of my favorite sugar-free dessert recipes. (Yes, even brownies.) Go Toni!!!!!