Friday, May 11, 2012
Sugar: My nemesis
I'm a sugar fiend. I love most forms of it and not matter what I do, I still crave something sweet after most meals. And yet I know it's bad for me and am doing a lot to cut down on my consumption of it. Here are some of the ways I've done that:
1. I have finally kicked my Mountain Dew habit. I was drinking 2-3 cans a day. At least. And even knowing how bad it was for me, I still managed to drink it for years. I had to give it up during my pregnancies because of the gestational diabetes, but somehow managed to get right back on it afterwards. But I decided enough is enough. I now brew iced tea every morning to bring to school. So any time I feel the need for caffeine, I drink that instead of the Dew.
2. I have eliminated some hidden sugars from my diet. For example, I have switched peanut butter brands, to one that doesn't have any added sweeteners. I recently had peanut butter at my parents' house and I didn't really like the Jif brand I had grown up on. I also slowly weaned myself off of sweetened yogurt. I started by mixing sweetened with plain, then switched to plain with a little honey. Now I can eat plain yogurt with some berries and no sweetener at all.
3. I am currently in the middle of a sugar fast. I am avoiding all added sugars, which especially includes desserts, for two weeks. Last week I ate horribly, thanks to a party, a field trip and stress (I'm a stress-eater). I decided to make up for it by avoiding sugar for a bit. I'm not doing a hard-core fast, which would eliminate all sugars, even things like ketchup. I just am not adding it to anything I eat, and I'm not eating ice cream, cookies, bars, and all that yumminess. I've been in a couple tough spots, but have successfully pulled through. One more week!