The time has come. I’ve alluded to my sugar addiction for months now. I really think using the word addiction is only a slight exaggeration. I LOVE SUGAR! Most of the time, I pick my resolution by reflecting on what I need in my life to be happiest and fulfilled. This time, I couldn’t escape the signs the universe continued to send my way. A friend of mine pinned a sugar detox diet (it looked too intense for me). My daughter served me pretend ice cream, chocolate, donuts and a cup containing “soup, marshmallows and syrup.” I wondered if we watch Elf too much over the holidays or is my sugar addiction influencing my daughter’s world of food?
Then, I read an article in the January 2013 issue of O magazine about the truth about sugar. This quote from Dr. Robert Lustig was especially interesting to me: “We’re biologically programmed to like sweets- our tongues and brains know that no food on the planet is both sweet and poisonous. It was a test for our hunting-and-gathering ancestors: If food is sweet, it won’t kill you. It’s ironic because that’s exactly what sugar is doing to us now.” Listen to this mind-blowing statistic, “In 1822 Americans consumed the amount of added sugar in one 12-ounce can of soda every five days. Today we consume that amount every ten hours.” Yikes.
So, my sweet friends, I will be laying off the sugar this month. This entails:
- no desserts
- no sugary drinks
- paying attention to hidden sugar
- limit juice
- fruit in moderation
My no-sugar eating plan starts tomorrow!
*confession: wrote this blog post while drinking a Central Market Blood Orange Italian Soda: 28g of sugar