My devolution of Sugar
Monday, April 25, 2011
In the week since I read the NYT article about Sugar (see my post Pondering Sugar), I have been remarkably at peace with myself over sweets. I am sort of at the take-it-or-leave-it stage of pondering sugar. I can say with great pride, that I ate only 10 jellybeans over Easter weekend, and half of those were consumed idly while preparing Easter baskets late at night for my kids (hmmm, perhaps those store bought prepacked ones have more value than I ever thought?) and the other 5 because my kids wanted to share theirs with me. This is a huge milestone, as usually I OD on jellybeans and chocolate eggs while stuffing baskets. This year, I honestly wasn't tempted. The rest of the jellybeans are in the house. Not interested.
I have begun substituting maple syrup or honey in my coffee (over splenda).
I ate a few mini chocolate chip cookies that I baked for the kids on vacation. But just a few. And I realized they weren't that good. I was repulsed by the maple doughnuts my DH bought for our family road trip; he and the kids loved them.
I notice the sugar in carrots and fruit more.
I feel like I'm getting to a good place about food. I don't feel like I'm there yet, but I'm getting there.
I ate no sweets (other than those 5 jellybeans) over easter. No cakes. No pies. No cookies.
I do sometimes look for something sweet after dinner, but I'm working on that.
On our family road trip, we ate at a popular restaurant that is completely UNlike any we typically eat at. It was what I call pop-Italian. My DH and I split a salad pizza, and gawked as we saw other customers eat the same size pizza for one and pasta dishes that were as much as we feed our family.
A SF recommended The End of Overeating to me to read. It is a great book, and I'm beginning to understand much of the psychology of eating. There is something about this intellectual side of food that is appealing to my senses.
I have not started to lose any weight tho. I feel flabby. I haven't been running much, post half-marathon b/c my feet hurt. Yesterday I ran for sanity. Today I started P90X.
Tomorrow I will take measurements. Perhaps I am on the way to a healthy lifestyle that I can sustain.