Sweet, Sweet Sugar
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
I used to have an addiction. Well, I used to have a few, but that's a whole other story. This addiction was to soft drink (soda or pop in the US). Pepsi Max was my drug of choice and I had a LOT of it. On any given day I was drinking upwards of 3 litres of Pepsi Max.
Eventually, due to health issues, I was advised to quit cola. Not because of the caffeine, but because of the insides-rotting chemicals involved. Ever heard the one about putting a coin in Coke and having it be cleaned overnight? Yeah, that's because it dissolves everything it touches. So I got a bit of a scare from the specialist and quit cold turkey that very day.
Before I quit, I had always thought I didn't have a sweet tooth at all. I never wanted sweet foods, only savoury, I had no desire for desserts or sugar or fruit. It never occurred to me that I was getting obscene amounts of sugar (or sweetener) from the stuff I was drinking.
It wasn't until after I quit, after the withdrawals, the nausea, the headaches had all passed that I got an absolutely insane craving for anything sweet. I definitely gained a bit of weight when I quit soft drink purely from grabbing anything sugary I could find to fill the void left by the Pepsi. It was at this point that I finally realised I DID have a sweet tooth, a bad one. It had just been created and then fed by the large amounts of soft drink I was having, so I didn't notice it until my body was screaming from the loss of that sugar.
Once I realised what was going on, I knew I had to get some self-control. I couldn't just grab everything that contained sugar and guts it. I stopped buying biscuits (sweet biscuits, you guys call them cookies), chocolate and fruit drinks and started buying more fruit. For a while I mistakenly thought hot chocolate was a good substitute, but since I've started tracking I've realised it's horribly high in calories with no value in it whatsoever.
I'm still struggling with sugar cravings and Easter has been particularly hard. But I managed to cut my bunny into quarters and actually stick to one quarter a day. I have a block of dark chocolate that I have one piece from when I can allot it into my day and the rest I've gotten my fiance to hide. Otherwise I just stick to fruit and that helps.