I eat some form of cake, candy, cookies, or soda every single day…and many days I will have all of the above! Oh and I refuse to drink diet soda. Full sugar for me, baby! Yeah, I am aware that I eat too much sugar, but it’s not that bad because so does the rest of America too, right? On a daily basis I hear someone say “I’m so addicted to sugar!” (which is annoying for one, because the word “addiction” is so grossly overused). But how much sugar actually constitutes an “addiction”? I for one, know that I eat more sugar than the average person, but would I go so far as to say I’m addicted? Um, maybe. It’s probably not a concern though because I’m skinny, right? Ha!
Because of my tendency to come into work, grab a handful or four of candy for breakfast and then mindlessly eat away while I begin my workday, my coworkers have affectionately named me the Candy Queen (and sometimes not-so-affectionately told me that I’m going to be SO fat one day).
To prove them wrong, I cut back. And on my very first day, since I was feeling proud of myself, I decided to count up how many grams of sugar I had had that day. I wanted to compare it to the maximum daily amount of sugar as implemented by the American Heart Association…which is 25g. So guess. Guess how many grams of sugar I had eaten on the first day I “cut back”…FIFTY FIVE! Um, what!? Not gonna lie, I cried. I was having reallyyy bad sugar cravings and could NOT believe that I had had so much sugar when I felt like I had practically none!
My first thought at this point was to cut out all sugar completely. Then I realized that I’m a wimp and would have SUCH a hard time with that – I can’t stand to put myself through the migraines and misery that would surely follow. Instead, I’ve decided to “cut back” to only eating the maximum amount of sugar, haha. So 25g is my limit! My strategy is to eat a LOT of fats and proteins to help make my body feel really full so that I couldn’t eat sugar if I tried. One weird thing about sugar cravings though, is that my body doesn’t care if I just ate a full course meal, it wants sugar anyways! But making it feel really full does seem to be helping a little bit, and the fats help to make me feel like I’m not depriving myself. Avocados have been my BEST FRIEND. I’m on day two and…it’s going okay. I stuffed my face with cherries all morning and my brain tried to reject them/talk me into some cupcakes from a local cupcakery, but I held strong. Then I had cheese and salami, herbal tea, and lots of veggies. At lunch I had 6 girl scout cookies to ward off the migraine that would come if I didn’t (BTW, I am SO migraine prone – I wonder if it’s my incredibly high sugar diet?!).
Oh! I forgot to mention! EXERCISE HELPS SO MUCH! Seriously, try it! I don’t know why, but it works every single time. You HAVE to try it the next time you have a craving, I insist. “They” say (at least, I think I’ve heard this somewhere) that once you go two weeks without something, your body doesn’t crave it as much anymore. So for now I’m waiting for that point and then maybe I’ll further reduce my sugar intake. Feeling good so far :)