Sugar - detoxing post Halloween
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Sugar sometimes feels like a drug for me. And my reaction to it sometimes feels a little like that of an addict.
Each year, when Halloween arrives, I usually allow myself to have some of the small candy bars that we purchase for the trick-or-treaters. This candy is often the first that I have had in months - because I try to limit sugar most of the year.
One small candy bar one day will generally lead to another on the next day, and then more on the following day. Before long, I realize that I have broken through some barrier that was previously in place- and I begin to crave sweets.
I will usually entertain that craving until I find the scale moving up a pound or two, and my clothing becoming slightly tighter.
At that point, I must then stop eating all sweets, except for some carefully measured fruit, for the next week until the craving subsides again.
I imagine this process is similar to giving up drugs -- just to a much lesser degree.
It almost feels as if I am detoxing. I am getting my body back to normal - where I no longer crave sweets. At the same time, while I'm withdrawing from sugar, my overall energy level slowly increases again- and stays more stable, with less ups and downs.
This happens every year at Halloween.
I am writing this down here - to record it and document it for myself.
I am unwilling to tell myself that I cannot EVER eat candy. I don't want to live that way.
What I have to learn to do is to have one or two candies, then have NO MORE after that.
Just as I have learned during my years here at SP to eat smaller portions of all foods - I need to apply that to Halloween candy as well.
After all, candy is not alcohol, and I am not an alcoholic.
Candy is not a drug, and I am not an addict.
I should be able to eat a limited amount of candy- on one or two days only - and then STOP it altogether.
I think I can do that.
That will be my goal next year.