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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Yesterday, I was getting my Starbuck's and the barista described to the lady behind me what it was and was in it...I'm thinking "oh a little coffee and milk with syrup" No...it was vanilla syrup and 3 Tbs of Caramel and about 12 ounces of whole milk. Candybar in a cup for breakfast... "only people don't give you a nasty look when you're drinking it out of a cup instead of chewing on a wrapper"
Yes, that is what I said. We all laughed but as I was walking away, I thought, "that's kind of wrong..."
I've always known it was akin to a milkshake and didn't think much of it, especially since I don't get one often - once every couple weeks, as a treat. But, it did set me to thinking about all the sugar I eat, again.
I've been thinking about sugar a lot the last few weeks.
Ok, so here's the scoop. I've never had problem skin, but recently I've found myself getting really bad breakouts. So, I was thinking about the things that have changed to cause it. I'm using Clinique facial stuff now...that might be irritating, although unlikely since they pride themselves on being the skin gurus. And my cupboards are starting to see an increased amount of sugar.
If you have heard of Kris Carr or Suzanne Somers, they will pretty much tell you sugar is the devil when it comes to our hormones (second only to artificial sweeteners and dyes) and can really wreak havoc on our health. But ooooh it tastes so good! and it gives a nice little high when you're feeling dumpy. And it's super duper addictive!!
And, here's my point. I've become addicted.
For the last week I've been meticulously tracking my food on Spark People and noticing trends...sugar. Mostly in drinks.
This troubles me because there was a point in my life, about a year ago when I rarely had any sugar. Of course, I was addicted to Diet soft drinks instead.
But this week...every day I was having 2 cans of Pepsi Throwback (150 cal each), handfuls of mini marshmallows after lunch, rice Krispie treats for breakfast, 3 times I stopped at starbuck's for my Macchiato, and then came the quarts of grape Koolaid I love, and Bailey's on coffee cubes every night. Believe me, Bailey's has SUGAR!

The moral of the story? I'm coming up with a sugar reduction plan. I tried cold-turkey this morning but for 5 hours all I could think about was rice krispie treats and Bailey's and got kind of shaky and seriously mean. I did a little research and because of it's addictive nature, most people have severe withdrawal, akin to heroin withdrawals...so my best bet is probably a replace/reduce action plan.
If you have any experience or suggestion - PLEASE leave me a comment. Being gluten free and staying off the artificial sweeteners rules out a lot of the "usual" options like chewing gum and sugar free candies or filling up on whole grains for a slow carb energy spike.

In case you're curious here are the nutrition facts on my Caramel treat, from Starbucks.com:
Caramel Macchiato
Freshly steamed milk with vanilla-flavored syrup, marked with espresso and finished with caramel sauce.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving (16 fl oz)
Calories 240
Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 32g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 35%
Iron 0%
Caffeine 150mg**
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Each caffeine value is an approximate value.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I had the breakout problem with Neutrogenia so i don't use any of those types of skin care. if i can't do it with ivory or dove soap and plain lotion, i don't do it.
    during the Civil War, doctors used refined white sugar as an antiseptic by pouring it in open wounds. it kept infection down and those people alive. sugar isn't evil, unless we eat it.
    1833 days ago
    Great blog.I too have fallen into the sugar trap.Not with drinks though.I love bread,carbs.I had to cut out all carbs due to having surgery in Feb and now in June.

    1833 days ago
    Sugar is addictive AND hidden in so many things. People have forgotten that many foods are not supposed to be sweet.
    1833 days ago
  • _BABE_
    It's funny how in the course of a day one sees the same message over and over ...like the universe is trying to tell you something. I just read an article on adrenal fatigue and now I happen upon your blog. I have what can only be called an addiction as well and it makes life difficult. Everything that is a problem health wise is a direct result of inflammation and guess what is the chief culprit SUGAR. So thanks for being that extra push to make me realize I need to address this as well.
    1833 days ago
    Great blog! You are right about the addictiveness of sugar. And it's not just Starbuck's but any coffee shop. The only thing I get any more is coffee or latte with half and half or almond milk. They taste sweet to me now, it just takes a while to go through withdrawal. I asked at several local coffee shops how many pumps (or tablespoons) of syrup they add. Most use 3 -4 for a 12 oz., 4-6 for a 16 oz. and if we can even cut those in half and then ask for only one and then ask for an 8 oz. latte and mix with another 8 oz. of plain coffee/decaf ... after about a week of daily consumption you have kicked the habit. Not saying that going cold turkey is a bad idea, but for people who can't take time off from work it may not be practical.

    1833 days ago
    I have never been to Starbucks and I don't think I will after reading this! One bit of sugar makes me hungry for more. It is best if I avoid it totally.
    1833 days ago
    You know you're a sugar addict when... you name yourself "Dizzy Cocoa". Sorry for my snarkiness. It's all in good fun. I can relate, sister!

    : )
    1833 days ago
    At 240 cals that must be the "short" size! --I would think it would be more.

    I wish I had suggestions for sugar replacement for you, but I can empathize. I gave up artificial sweeteners a few years ago and have fallen into the sugar trap, as well. I really haven't done the research to tell the difference between healthy) and the artificial sweeteners (evil). So, I'll check back here for the comments of those who may be able to inform us.

    My shot in the dark at it is maybe to use honey (sparingly) and fruit/fruit juices to sweeten your food, when needed. Also, I've found that when I cut down on sugar/sweet stuff, when I do eat something sweet, it seems "too sweet". (I know, it's hard to imagine in your current state. I've been there.) Give it a little time and you'll lose the taste for it.

    1833 days ago
    A treat is good sometimes as long as you track it and know what you have eaten. You can do it if you watch what you are eating.
    1833 days ago
    Cut back where you can and try to moderate the rest. emoticon
    1833 days ago
    P.S I used Clinique once and came out in a lot of spots so I never bought it again!
    1833 days ago
    It is astonishingly addictive. I am a coffee freak and I can't enjoy a coffee or hot drink without sugar. The artificial sweeteners ,even the "healthfood" versions don't taste good and the artificial ones are scary. I have cut back this week to one coffee with one teaspoon of sugar in the morning and one herbal tea with a teaspoon of honey in the evening and avoiding anything with added sugar in between. I froze some bananas blended with blueberries and didn't add any sugar and it was actually really good, an ice-cream substitute! I definitely think its a case of a reduction plan, we need to wean ourselves. Years ago I did do this successfully but these days I just can't see me giving up that one teaspoon in my morning coffee! emoticon
    I will be trying to avoid Starbucks, but I LOVE them!
    1833 days ago
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