Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Six months ago when I started this journey I decided to cut foods with added sugar out of my diet completely.......no candy, cookies, pie, cake etc. I know eliminating certain foods completely is very debatable but so far it's working for me.
Looking back over the hundreds of pounds I've lost and gained over the years, the diets I've tried, the groups I've joined.....I realized that trying to eat highly refined, sugary foods in moderation has never worked for me. In the past a sliver of cake at a birthday party could send me running to finish off the rest of the cake washing it down with a couple of sodas, followed by cleaning out any candy dishes that might be around.
This time around I decided to treat myself like an alcoholic or drug addict and cut myself off from my drug of choice, sugar. The cravings were terrible for the first week or two.....maybe three or four. I even stopped drinking hot tea with a teaspoon of sugar and I LOVE good tea.
I did start drinking hot tea again with a bit of sugar as a treat. Yesterday it occurred to me that I haven't used a cup of tea as a treat in months. When my husband makes a pot on weekends I always have a cup or two but there are no cravings involved.
I don't think I'll ever be able to eat sweets in moderation..........On Father's Day I had a small slice of strawberry-rhubarb pie (my favorite) at a BBQ. It tasted SO good. I found myself going back to that pie again and again for "just one more bite". Then I found myself hunting for more desserts and thinking that tomorrow I would make myself a big stack of pancakes for breakfast and while I was at it I would bake a nice pan of brownies.......and go to the store for the vanilla ice cream that goes so well with the brownies. I reigned myself in, realized what was happening and went outside to play with my grand-kids.
So, with the exception of that stellar strawberry-rhubarb pie I haven't had anything "stronger" than a teaspoon of sugar in my tea in six months. When I am at a gathering and there are desserts available I would still love to have a slice of everything on the table but as the saying goes "nothing tastes as good as thin feels" and I am on my way to being thin and fit for life!