So I have now been off sugar for almost two weeks. White sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, natural organic sugar–you name it–if it doesn’t come packaged in a piece of fruit, I am not consuming it. (And that means no cookies at lunch, no chocolate bits after dinner, no coffee cake, no syrup on pancakes, etc.) Amazingly, while I have done diets before, this is the first time in my life I made the decision to stop eating sugar, and honestly, at the time I made the choice, I wasn’t even sure why I was doing it.
Well now, just about two weeks in, I have learned alot more about why I eat sugar from not eating it than I did from eating it. And in the one little slip I had last week, I also realized that while I can have a bit of a sweet and not go back to daily candy, I actually feel a lot better being off the stuff(and a lot less addicted having no sugar at all than trying to manage the problems of having “just a little.”)
So here’s the deal on why I quit, and what I realized about eating sweets once I’d stopped eating them:
A) I got scared.
B) Sugar is not an appropriate reward for surviving something difficult, a way to keep yourself amused via your palate, or a good choice for a comfort food when things are tough.
Cookies are not my Mom
Do short term fixes, especially the ones you stuff in your mouth, really solve anything?
f you eat cake while Rome burns, you are more likely to end up in a bad way.
Why wait till the big problem hits to address what you knew all along you should be doing–and didn’t?
Isn’t eating as a type of reward/release (or drinking, or whatever..) just a way to push off stuff you should process and deal with?
Moving to Boulder, giving up my apartment, leaving friends and family and working my tail off with the team to make People’s Software happen and ship product is hard enough work that if I keep using sweets to stablize my stress, I could gain 15 lbs, just about the last thing I need.
EPIC FAIL (I like this expression).
So the plan is sugar only rarely, and only in occasional desserts–no snacks, no treats, no rewards. So far it’s working.