Sugar Problem? Re-define “Treats”
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When my doctor informed me that my body and white sugar were enemies, I had to choose sides – my body won. However, I love sweets; almost any sweet will do but, donuts remain at the top of the list. I had a promiscuous sweet tooth so, I was in trouble. Ice cream, cake and candy were my friends and I am a loyal friend. These delights were my rewards for hard work; they were my 3 PM pick-me-up; they were the goodies that signaled vacation or relaxation. I was not prepared to give up “treats” so my solution had to be: re-define treats.
I’ll share my thinking with you; perhaps it will help you to come up with solutions of your own so that you can cut down on sugar in the new year. I went through all my ideas about what could be my new treats. Shopping is too expensive, I don’t like crowds, and I can’t nibble on a new blouse. I wanted substitute foods that would please me – I didn’t want to feel deprived all the time and I didn’t want to become that crabby person who is always complaining about the foods not eaten. I realized that I love fruits and decided that I would treat myself to whatever ones I wanted, even if they were out of season. I even paid more attention to different types of apples – embarrassingly foodie. I toyed with the idea of upping fatty foods and pizza but more carbohydrates
just add to the problem and not
to my solution for food.
Here are my decisions about cutting back on carbs and white sugar and this plan has worked successfully for nine months:
1. Eat fresh fruit.
2. Enjoy high quality foods, whether it is fish or fruit, or anything else (still cheaper than eating out or getting sick).
3. Never get hungry – I will gravitate towards sugar like the lemmings to a cliff.
4. Always carry a snack; I take apples (the banana odor emanating from my bag is a no- no).
5. Plan, plan, plan. Think ahead, shop ahead, have food in the fridge, have food ready.
There are other obsessions besides food……….