As you may recall, I gave up sugary desserts in solidarity with Tim quitting smoking.
That was back on November 1st. So far, I’ve not purposefully eaten any sweets. I say “purposefully” because the following has happened:
- Me wistfully eying the fortune cookie: “That’s probably all sugar, isn’t it?” Tim: “Nope.” So I grabbed the thing and enjoyed it. Literally, the minute after I finished it, Tim looked at the package and said, “Sugar’s, like, the second ingredient.” I then felt shaky for for about an hour.
- On Christmas, Nadine made French toast (with sugar-free syrup). I chose one with extra cinnamon, without thinking about the fact that extra cinnamon necessarily means extra sugar. I was tired and irritable most of the day.
- While wandering around through the Super Bowl fan craziness Saturday, I spied kettle corn vendors. As you may have surmised, I didn’t really just how much sugar is in kettle corn. Yesterday morning, I woke up feeling shaky and crabby. In fact, I just about bit Tim’s head off when he interrupted me.
Each of these cases reminded me just what too much sugar can do. I also spent most of Sunday trying to tell my body that we would not, in fact, eat the rest of the kettle corn. Because no, “at least then it’d be all gone and not tempting me” was not valid reasoning.
Of course, I can’t cut out processed sugar altogether. Even if we did cook, I wouldn’t be up for finding a completely sugar-free diet.
But I can at least try to stay away from the worst of it. I’m going to be careful about which frozen meals I pick, and read the sugar content. When we drink at home, I’m picking juice with no sugar added. It’s not a lot, but it’s something.
I’m also trying to limit how much bread or pasta I eat. That said, all bets are off when it comes to Cracker Barrel’s biscuits and apple butter. That said, we’ve cut our Cracker Barrel visits down by about 75%. So there’s that.
I should also note that I’m still eating chocolate protein bars. Those have two grams of sugar, and it’s enough to keep candy cravings at bay. (It tastes more and more like the actual chocolate the longer you go without the real thing.) My protein shakes have three grams of sugar, though they in no way taste like real chocolate.
I think the key is my mindset. I’m not saying that I can never have sugary stuff again. That would cause me to feel deprived, and I’d give into cravings quickly.
Instead, I consider this whole thing to be temporary. I know I’ll (purposefully) cave at some point. So when I start to crave sugar, I just ask myself if that’s the day I really want to cave. The answer thus far is no. And yesterday’s episode will probably make it an emphatic no for awhile.
Meanwhile, I figure we’re saving $30-60 a month in candy.
By the way, Tim is doing great. He hasn’t had a single cigarette since October.
Has anyone else given something up recently? Or started a good habit, like exercising? How’s it going?