Changing My Mind About Sugar
Sunday, October 08, 2017
I have gone almost a week now without eating any processed sugar. It is something I don't usually eat. I know people who eat very few sweets but once in a while they can eat a candy bar or some cookies or an ice cream cone. It is a different story for me. I can go for quite a while without eating sugar, feeling good, feeling in control, living without food being the center of my life. I then get a crave for something sweet and think to myself, "a little won't hurt." I believe the lie. I do eat a little, then a little more. I tell myself it is over, but the next day I am getting cookies out of the freezer or searching for a scrap of bread to make toast or eating cereal right out of the box. Before long I become hungry all the time. Maybe I'm not really hungry, but I want to eat all the time. It is out of control, a struggle, a feeling of helplessness. Not fun, not pretty, not the way I want to live.
The only way I can control the sugar beast within me is to stay away from it, along with starchy carbs. When I eat real food like fruits, vegetables, lean meat, a moderate amount of whole grains and some dairy I feel good. I feel clear headed. I can think and organize my time productively. The sugar fog and haze lifts and I am me again.
I like the way I feel today. I worked in my yard all afternoon, weeding the asparagus bed and rhubarb patch so they can be productive next spring. I got the iris plants ready for winter and I mowed my lawn. I racked up way more steps than I had planned today, but it felt good. My eating was just the way I planned it to be. My plan is to keep it going. I have a plan for tomorrow and that is good. I am ready! I hope you are, too, my friends.