12.01.2014

Addicted To Sugar

My name is Christina, and I'm an addict.

I don't smoke, I don't ever drink coffee, and I only have alcohol and soda about twice a month. I've always unapologetically allowed sweets to be my vice. I love candy. Chocolate, sour, caramel, gummy, peanut butter, nougat, all of it. I pick up treats like fudge, truffles or caramels when we pass a chocolate shop. I get candy every time I go to the movies. I even have a candy drawer at home that we throw leftovers in so I can dip into that a few times a week. Every holiday brings a new kind of candy that I just have to buy. Candy corn, caramel apples, candy canes, peppermint bark, candy hearts, Cadbury eggs, etc. I've also expanded my sweet tooth to things like brownies, cookies, and doughnuts, which never really appealed to me before. It seems like almost every single day I'm eating something sweet for a snack or dessert. It's out of control. I used to hide it from the kids, but now I find myself bribing them with candy to do a chore or finish their dinner, and we're baking more than ever. There is just too much junk in the house and it has to stop.


Of course I know how bad sugar is for us. It obviously makes you gain weight, but it also suppresses your immune system, speeds up the aging process, causes headaches, contributes to anxiety, and raises cholesterol. It can lead to major diseases like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and even cancer. Not to mention how terrible it is for your teeth!


My mom has an autoimmune disease that has baffled multiple doctors for the past five years. She was always in a ton of pain and it prevented her from doing things like holding her grandkids and getting more than four hours of sleep every night. And it's not like she's a sickly old lady! She's 54, she works out regularly, and she has always followed a low-fat diet (which we now know isn't the best option, but whatever). She recently cut sugar out of her diet and now feels 90% better. That's reason enough for me to stop. It does really, really crappy things to our bodies and we're eating more and more of it these days, sometimes without even realizing it.


So I'm quitting sweets, starting today. Am I crazy?! Today is December first, the start of the biggest baking and treat making season of the year! But I have to, because those sugary snacks will be in abundance (I usually make quite a few myself) and I have to stop eating them. I'm not giving up sugar completely. I'll still be drinking juice, and eating yogurt, granola and Kind Bars (though, not the ones with chocolate and caramel in them). But I will not be eating baked goods, candy, ice cream, and sugary cereals, or drinking soda, cider, hot cocoa, or alcohol. It's not perfect, but it's a start and hopefully I can curb my craving after thirty days and be on my way to kicking this addiction. Goodbye, Trolli Sour Brite Octopus candy. I'll miss you...

7 comments:

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Good luck!

I'm never a "totally quit" person, but I do try to moderate and when I cook and bake at home I'm wary of what's going into everything.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

OH wow. Yes, try it. If it helped your mom {so glad she's doing better}, way not see what it does to you. I have never been a person to give up something completely until I had to give up Gluten. It has improved my health immensely and I believe that food really either works for or against us. Your No-Sugar journey will be interesting but I can't wait to hear about it. As you said it's not perfect but it's a start. It's hard but you will see a difference I am sure.

xoxo

Karen M. Peterson said...

Oh dear. I am in the same boat, but not ready to give it up. Because...I can quit anytime! ;-)

Jodi said...

Good luck. Not an easy task! I love sugar/sweets too but a little goes a long way for me! Also once you stop eating it so much you don't crave it as much. You have to replace it w/ something healthy like drinking a glass of water to keep your hands/mouth busy!

Jo said...

Oh my word! I mean, yes I know that sugar is bad for you/us ... but I really don't know if I could give it up. So, all I can say is: GOOD LUCK! ps. send all your left over candy to me

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I don't have sweets every day, but crave them from time to time. Potato chips and Coke are a totally different story though.

Allison said...

Ugh, girl - I feel your pain (though I'm definitely a drinker of coffee, wine, and vodka soooo there's those vices too). I could always handle sugar pretty well, until I hit about 25 and now I start to see it with my skin (which is usually indicative about something internally going on).
Hang in there - it's definitely not going to be easy, but I know that you're a determined badass, so you can definitely do it. If I find any good recipes that have no added sugar, I'll send them your way! :)