Friday, May 06, 2011
Every since Halloween, this house has been pretty well stocked with candy. It's ridiculous. It doesn't help that my husband and I both share a love of chocolate. The boys like candy, but when it's out of sight, it's usually out of mind. Whenever they get some money, they rather spend it on toys, puzzles, and games instead of candy. But for some reason, while I'm saving them from the tooth-rot, I find myself raiding the cabinet looking for anything to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Halloween is when I satisfy my nostalgic sweet tooth (candy corn). Christmas brings the peppermints and the Helen Grace outlet (chocolate). Valentine's Day welcomes the chalky conversation hearts and chocolate (Sees and/or Godiva). Next is Easter where I'm a sucker for jelly beans, Peeps, and...wait for it...chocolate. It's crazy. I can hear Ozzy screaming about the Crazy Train as I look for a way to jump off.
So as a gift to myself, I did jump off the crazy candy train. Yep, that's me doing a shoulder roll down the hill. People love to talk about gluten free, vegan lifestyle, yadda-yadda-yadda, but for me the real demon is sugar. Typically I don't add sugar to my food and drinks. On a rare occasion I want an English cup of tea, I'll drop a teaspoon of sugar into my milky tea, but that is rare. Anyway, sugar ages the body. Sugar hurts the body. Sugar turns your body into a fat loving mess. It can rot your teeth if you have poor dental hygiene. It can do some serious damage to your health.
Well, I'm pulling the twigs out of my hair and dusting off my jogging pants as I watch the crazy candy train speed away. I'm not going to sabotage myself and say I will never have candy, but I will avoid the aimless grazing. If I want something sweet, I will have a conversation with myself. I'll do a gut check to see if I REALLY want that candy. If I'm grabbing it because I'm bored, then I'll put myself in check. If I'm grabbing it because the reason is too good to deny, then I'll have it.