It does seem to happen every year. After the holiday season the bar has been reset and my sugar problem has started creeping back in on me. It never gets back to the days of eating multiple fireballs each day and spending my entire allowance on candy, but it is a slippery slope my friends and I am thinking that like the Grinch, my little dog Maxx needs to grab the back of my shirt and pull hard.
Little Sis and I did a whole series called Sugar Busting chronicling and encouraging our journey (and perhaps yours) to reduce sugar, but it appears to be a life long battle with hills and valleys / highs and lows / fruit and pixie stix…. Gag, but I did love pixie stix back in the day.
I may be beyond the temptation of Pixie Stix but the amount of dark chocolate I eat has been creeping up, along with a penchant for bottled sweet salad dressing and the ‘need’ for something a little sweet after meals. And it’s not just weight and cavities that are cause for concern. A link has been found between sugar consumption and heart disease regardless of the quality of the rest of a person’s diet. And there are other health issues with
As we preach in Baby Steps to Better Health: A Guided Journey to Healthier Eating, I am trying to cut back and replace that chocolate (and okay some baked goods as well!!) with something healthier that fits the bill. If I totally deny that sweet craving I’m likely to go back to the chocolate with a vengeance!
Enter my 15 year old son who although he is becoming a bit more rebellious lately where Mom’s food offerings are concerned, he is helping me out! As part of our rule that one must have a piece of produce prior to eating a less healthy snack (P.E.P. – pre-emptive produce – also in the book), he often chops an apple, sprinkles on a bit of cinnamon, pops it in the microwave for a few minutes and presto – pie filling type dessert that is warm and wonderful and has no added sugar. I added a few broken up walnuts so the snack would fill me up longer. Fabulous. I ate it. I felt satisfied and able to pass up the chocolate…
As for cutting back, I have stopped taking dark chocolate in my lunch bag….. too easy to eat too much of it. And who says I need a piece of chocolate to get through the afternoon, anyway? I don’t. After all, the best reward and motivator is to treat my body with respect and reward myself with health. A little bit doesn’t hurt, but I know when I am slipping down the slope. And when I notice or have trouble remembering the real rewards, I go back to sugar busting and baby stepping. Eventually I am back on track.
Here’s a photo of the apple…. good luck to you if you have a sugar monkey on your back. It is possible to let the monkey get back to the trees, so hang in there.