January 30, 2007
I went to get my letters and there was a sign taped to wall beside the mail boxes. It was a sign-up sheet hanging below a photo of a smiling young girl who was taking orders for Girl Scout Cookies.
I don’t know the girl and she may not even live in my building, but the solicitation didn’t bother me at all. We trust the little girls and their grandmothers. But should we trust the cookies?
Posted in Tips, Tricks, Info & News on 01/30/07
January 28, 2007
I like the idea of managing things one-at-a-time. My girlfriend Gwenn is painting every person’s portrait, one face at a time.
I just returned 20 (no joke) library books and am switching to a new plan—read one book at a time.
In the previous post I spoke about quitting sugar one bite at a time.
If you still eat sugar and are either not convinced you should quit or are having trouble stopping, I suggest that we (I’m in on this) improve our food intake one food at a time.
That means whatever you eat be VERY AWARE of what’s in it and then think of a way to make it more healthy.
For instance, if you have a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, change the bread to better bread. Try natural unsweetened peanut butter and use a fruit spread that’s sweetened only with fuit juice.
Lots of people who like soda switched to diet to make it “more healthy.” Instead, try fruit juice mixed with sparkling water.
Whatever it is that you are eating or drinking, make it a little better. If you make this a habit, eventually you’ll be eating well.
Posted in Tips, Tricks, Info & News on 01/28/07
January 21, 2007
Wow. This is really air headed of me, but I never thought of bagels as containing refined sugar until Gabriel from Long Island mentioned it on this site!
When I first quit, I avoided things like cookies, cakes, and candy and replaced them with complex carbohydrates like pasta, fruit, and bagels. It helped me to get off the refined sugars and lower my cravings. After several months into it, I found myself eating too much bread and cut it down. With the super sweets out of my life, it was easier to manage my diet because I wasn’t so ravenously hungry.
I have a friend who hasn’t eaten chocolate in over ten years. She eats other sweets, just not chocolate. When I asked her why she said, “Because it would be all I eat.” That’s what works for her.
I still eat bagels–not all the time–but I do. I also eat Ketchup. And I eat Honey. For me it was a matter of cutting out what I call “trigger foods.” My trigger foods were chocolate chip cookies, Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream, and Flipz chocolate covered pretzels. I’d eat that stuff ritualistically.
This blog has been read by many types of people. Initially I was writing for those who were just like me—people who ate sugar compulsively. But over time I have heard from people who don’t (want to) eat sugar due to all kinds of health considerations.
Remember, there is no one solution. You can stop being sweet and still have a mint after dinner once in a while. It all really depends on you.
All in all I hope to inspire you to become your own health guru. Learn how to cook healthy meals. Understand how YOUR body works. Discover what you can and can’t eat. Experiment.
Be yourself and be healthy!
PS - The Sugar Challenge is just that, so try to be as strict as possible for the purpose of self discovery!
Posted in My Personal Journal on 01/21/07
January 17, 2007
People have been asking me questions lately.
“Do you eat honey?”
“Do you drink coffee?”
“Do you eat white flour?”
Some people are genuinely curious while others ask so they can point out my flaws.
I haven’t quit sugar forever.
I will eat sugar again.
In fact, I eat things that turn into sugar everyday. I eat bread. I eat white rice. I eat sugar free cookies (home made with oat meal, nuts, diced apple, and sweetened with a little bit of honey).
Because I like sweet things but I don’t want to return to junk food.
So, the other day I tried a Maya Chocolate bar.
Ingredients: organic dates, organic hazelnuts, organic walnuts, organic cocoa, organic cacao nibs, organic cashews
There are no added sugars. They are also free of dairy, soy and gluten. Yeah, there’s some sugar content in there, 19 grams worth. A Snickers bar has 30 grams. I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but I did it anyway.
After not having chocolate for a long time something chocolaty was nice. It’s not super sweet and I didn’t feel any negative effects after eating it. Best of all there was no Malitol aftertaste or gassy reaction.
After having been off hard sweets for so long, I’m starting to experiment and see if I can eat semi-sweet things without feeling the negative effects of the sugar roller coaster.
Have you found anything that works for you?
PS - I never drink coffee, I eat white flour, and I eat honey in tiny doses approximately once a month.
Posted in Tips, Tricks, Info & News on 01/17/07
January 10, 2007 • Comments (5)
When you stop being sweet, make sure you have other foods on hand. Replacement foods are key! You will find yourself voraciously hungry and you will NEED to eat something. Have something to nosh on, something satisfying. I use apples and natural peanut butter. Try red, orange and yellow sliced fresh peppers. Mmmm!
I ate lots of bread when I first quit. While bread is a complex carbohydrate, for me it was still better than a box of cookies. Pasta and bagels also got me through. Eventually I’d reach for those foods instead of cookies and over time I managed to cut back the carbs.
Take things one step at a time.