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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.
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    Pretty tough for me to eat just one or 2 if there's more right in front of me. And I can feel the bad effects within minutes & for sure the next morning.
    161 days ago
    It has to be totally out of sight to be out of mind, no little nibbles allowed. I do love chocolate but have discovered that two small tsps of pure non sweet cocoa nibs sprinkled on my oatmeal is all I need. Same with PB, only all natural with no salt or sugar, a tbsp stirred into my oatmeal as I cook it.
    166 days ago
    I'm in the same boat. After valiantly avoiding it, I found leftovers which triggered a whole host of eating things I shouldn't!

    I'm thinking that's why my joints feel so awful.
    167 days ago
  • NANCY-
    As for Halloween candy... I only purchase what I will not eat. If I do want chocolate I must make an effort to drive to the organic vegan Belgian chocolate shop.
    167 days ago
    As a recovering alcoholic, I know it's easier not to have "just one". I don't think of it as "forever" though, just One Day At A Time. I cannot eat even one
    167 days ago
    Like you, I am not going to tell myself that I can never have candy again. Baby Ruth candy bars are the ones that do me in. The candy habit is really a hard one to break, but you can do it!

    167 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    I cannot say I'm not an addict when it comes to potato chips. It's very dangerous for me to have some (because I think I "should" be able to . . . and I suppose I CAN but then I'm going to have to deal with the strong strong urge to eat more for days afterwards. Whether that should be my reaction of not: it IS (sob sob sob).
    167 days ago
    Good luck to you.
    167 days ago
  • no profile photo CANTSTAYAWAY
    When it comes to sugar, in all its glorious forms, I believe I am an addict, and it is my drug of choice! Maybe I should be able to eat a limited amount of it,but generally speaking, I can’t! It also doesn’t mean that I will never have it, but it will never be a regular part of my life, if I want this weight off, permanently.
    I am okay with that and do want to live that way.There just are some foods , that although I may have cravings for them, it doesn’t mean that I have to have them . I just can’t manage them in the same way I manage other foods.
    It’s always interesting to see how different we all are, and what works for each of us. emoticon

    167 days ago
    Sounds like a great goal. I have to be very careful with candy too. And desserts. I have a sweet tooth.
    167 days ago
    Good luck with your plan. Unlike you, I cannot say I'm not an addict when it comes to sugar. And peanut butter. And a few other substances. Not that I never have them, but when I do, I have to "detox", and be very firm with myself about it. Once I have a few sugar-free days under my belt, I feel sane again, but while I'm "on" sugar, mood is just NOT a stable thing!
    167 days ago
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