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Foolish tooth...confession of a sugar addict

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Foolish sweet tooth, Here I go again…

Three days ago I broke up with Dove Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate. Dove’s chocolate just swayed me smoothly right from the start. It satisfied my needs for sweets (which is a warning sign since true cocoa is bitter), it melted in my mouth and it was “dark chocolate” (a healthier choice than milk chocolate right?). I really thought I have found my favorite candy and that I was taking good care of myself...

After a while, I needed more to satisfy my sweet tooth. This was becoming quite expensive since I could have bought 6 Tangerines for every bar instead. It was when I panicked, when our supermarket stopped selling that chocolate brand, that I knew I was in trouble…

Godiva 86 % Extra Dark Chocolate's first ingredient is “ bitter sweet chocolate” unlike Dove's ( first ingredient is sugar). After eating 2 blocks of Godiva I am full and not craving “that kind of” chocolate anymore. Perfect for dieting but not satisfying my sweet cravings. Dove’s dark chocolate on the contrary gave me a multi sensory experience (it's delicious and melts in your mouth)…This chocolate is a good example of how the food industry is designing food to make people crave it and to make it successful on the market. The book “The End of Overeating” written by David A. Kessler, had warned me…

My memory of eating a Dove bar reminds me of the lyrics of the song “Smooth operator”,

Diamond life, lover boy.
We move in space with minimum waste and maximum joy.
City lights and business nights.
When you require streetcar desire for higher heights.

No place for beginners or sensitive hearts
When sentiment is left to chance.
No place to be ending but somewhere to start.

So here I am after a little slip…still cranky, craving but setting the safest boundary “absolutely no product with sugar as the first ingredient “. The potential danger of sugar addiction is too high. The benefits low (my teeth hurt and I have headaches, which are probably withdrawal symptoms). It is simply not worth the risk (diabetes and weight gain).

Whenever my mind wanders off, seduced by pretty wraps and words such as “silky smooth” the song "Foolish Heart" will remind me…

Feelin' that feelin' again
I'm playin' a game I can't win
Love's knockin' on the door
Of my heart once more
Think I'll let her in
Before I begin
Foolish heart
Hear me callin'
Stop before
You start fallin'
Foolish heart
Heed my warnin'
You've been wrong before
Don't be wrong anymore
Foolish heart

That emotions and senses can be wrong and can lead me away from reality. In this case the true ingredients of the chocolate bar. I let it in…and they were wrong again…

I feel the urge to go to the store...just one more time...to hold it...to touch it...But I resist the urge...embrace the sadness, the crankiness and anger.
We are not good for each other.
One day smooth silky operator I will be able to keep you out of my mind, out of my stomach…and off my waist.

But for now I lose myself in the words of the songs...and read the book again from cover to cover, until the pain passes...
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  • 56ROSE
    Tessa, Great blog! You do have talent as a writer! I'm also a sugar addict and I hear your struggle. Sometimes, I have this ripple effect that seems never ending. Other times, one good piece of chocolate will do just fine. I wish I could pinpoint what makes the difference in determining what choices I end up making. Sadly, this remains a mystery! emoticon
    4120 days ago
    Should I be grinning? I enjoyed reading your blog! Would you believe I have never had the nerve to try Dove chocolate? I think that's a good thing! I used to get 60% cacao chocolate sticks, 9 of them in a box, 1 WW Point each. Perfect. Then my store quit carrying them. Alas. Now I am really quite content with a cup of Swiss Miss no added sugar cocoa almost every day. It seems to have a prophylactic effect and I don't crave any more chocolate than that.

    Glad you are blogging again! I think it has helped keep me accountable and here.
    emoticon Cindy
    4120 days ago
    I think you sahould be a`writer.LOL
    4120 days ago
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