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Taming the "Sugar Monster"

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

I don't write many blogs or join many sparkpeople challenges because I am notorious for not completing things I start. However, today when I logged on I discovered a new team with a new challenge that is just what I need , the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge". I've overindulged with sugar most of my life and I have the added pounds and dental work to prove it. Even knowing the damage it is causing has not been enough to keep it in check. My inner child feels entitled to indulge and the adult usually allows her to have her way.

Despite all the other healthy habits I've started and maintained, like exercise and water drinking, my spark ticker has been "stuck" and I know that sweets are mostly to blame.

Week 1 of this challenge has suggested that I keep track of my sweet cravings, mood, and intake just to gather information on how bad the problem really is, so I'll be blogging about my progress ( probably not every day, but several times per week)

At the beginning of the year I went on the "Daniel Fast" which is a 3 week detox from several foods including sugar. I had to cut out even the "hidden sugar" in foods that you would not have suspected. I was surprised how well I did sticking to the guidelines without cheating.
But when it was over I fell right back into my bad old ways. So this time I am going to attack that one monster from all sides: emotionally, physically and spiritually.

My main reasons to cut back on sugar:

1 lose weight and regain a normal BMI
2 save (what's left of) my teeth and gums
3 lessen effects of inflammation
4 control blood sugar spikes
5 prevent pre-diabetes progression
6 substitute healthier foods
7 protect my brain and other organs from damage
8 avoid "accidents" (sugar overload sends my colon into " overdrive" ...and let's just say it's not a pretty picture")

I would appreciate your support; it feel like I'm saying goodbye to an old friend, even thought I now know that sugar is no friend of mine.

Blessings to you all

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  • MISSM66
    I am so happy that you chose to do this, I was like this many years ago I would say 12 years ago, when I lost my Mother because of Diabetes, High blood pressure, she also lost her eyes sight,and when I went home to berried her and come back here I told my self that I have to stop eating sweets, drinking soda,and eating candy, because I don't want to end up like my Mother,and I just went cold turkey and stop eat sweet,drink soda, eat candy, up to today, when I try to eat sweet it give me a headache so I don't use sugar and I don't eat candy, now I am not telling you to go cold turkey, but you take it day by day, when you feel for something sweet try a apple, or a banana, good luck Kathrine and I will keep you in my Prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2114 days ago
  • LADYBUG1943
    I, too, have that ugly sweet tooth. Seems as though sometimes it drives my whole existence. I'm not yet ready to stop completely yet. I will say, though, that my husband gave me a bag of ghiradelli squares and I took two out of the bag to eat as I read, and only got to one of them, which apparently satisfied me. The real challenge for me is homemade cakes and pies. Store bought.... fuggetaboutit! I could make myself sick on homemade goodies, though. I try to make sure I am really full before I have any, then take half a portion. That's the stage I'm at now. I admire you for eliminating them completely.

    2115 days ago
    I applaud you! I thought I was ready to take a 30 day challenge from candy, but now is not the time. I will try later (soon) in the next few months. God luck and I wish you and your teammates the best.
    2115 days ago
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