I’m addicted to sugar.
We don’t regularly keep cookies or ice cream in our house. I’ve been known to throw away a mostly good box of Oreos, and we regularly throw out Halloween, Easter, and Christmas candy because we never finish it all. We even have tried to cut back on sugar by only have dessert one night a week.
Yet, we’re still addicted. I get that crash and burn feeling later in the afternoon and I typically feel like I need something a little sweet after each meal. Tyler and I will hide sweets and than pull them out later. Sometimes I have a glass of red wine at night instead of dessert. But usually, I just want some sugar. I’m not the only one. Ethan and Tyler are also addicted to sugar. It’s obvious.
Sugar makes E crazy hyper and lacking in self-control (obviously some lack of self-control comes from being a 9-year-old boy or just from being human). Tyler and I both get a generally nasty feeling after eating too many sweets, but Tyler specifically gets jittery and then crashes into a sugar coma.
I’ve heard from people who have quit sugar that they just have more energy and desire to be more active since not having sugar. Yet, all 3 of us come back to wanting sugar again and again. It kind of sounds like a drug. Whatever the situation, our household definitely struggles with an addiction to sugar and sweets. And not all of our sweets are obvious.
I think one of the reasons we’re so addicted, the reason our country is so addicted, is because most of the sugar is hidden. Most items we purchase from the store have some form of sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, or even just fructose in them. Pasta sauce, salsa, and most breakfast foods have sugar. Even items, especially items, labeled “low-fat” or ones that seem healthy have the most sugar. For example, the “healthy,” organic granola we had last week had 18 g of sugar in a 60 g serving. That’s about 30% sugar. Yet the buzz words “granola” and “organic” drive us to believe that it’s healthy, but 30% sugar is not healthy.
There’s also the whole dilemma of portion control because who really measures out the right amount of cereal when they’re pouring a bowl? It’s easy to say, I haven’t had that much today because we haven’t eaten a hunk of chocolate cake, but we’ve still consumed entirely too much for our bodies to appropriately digest.
This really came to my attention recently because Tyler listened to a radio news report about this book by previous lawyer, David Gillespie who quit sugar and lost 80-some pounds and felt so much better. Then we stumbled upon the blog Kate Quit Sugar and finally onto I Quit Sugar, a website, food program, and source for recipe books on quitting sugar. There are all kinds of resources out there for people interested in quitting sugar. I like the I Quit Sugar stuff because she is on Instagram, my favorite social media.
Taking all of this into consideration, we’ve decided to quit sugar. There, I said it. It might be more likely to happen now.
We’re waiting until after vacation. It was totally Tyler’s idea, but I’m excited to explore it. We’re giving ourselves a sugar detox for 8-weeks. We’ll makes some more decisions after about how we’ll continue to eat. The more and more I think about it, the harder I realize it will be. I’ll definitely be tracking it on the blog and writing our struggles and yummy recipes we’ve enjoyed.
This week? I’m definitely considering a slice of Snickers Pie for dessert later today, and I’m definitely eating a piece of cinnamon coffee cake for lunch. But this will quickly end on Sunday.