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November 04, 2013 • Comments (2)
I abstain from sweets all but from Halloween ‘til November 3rd annually. This is my personal sustainable sugar abstinence plan. It works for me.
This year I ate sugar as I always do. After the past four days, my body is screaming at me. Actually, it’s more like my body is exhausted. I don’t want sweets anymore and have been feeling the effects of the sugar since last Friday. It’s 9 am on Monday morning and I feel tired and heavy.
3 home-made chocolate chip cookies (a gift), 3 sleeves of McViddies Digestives (2 chocolate covered), chocolate mousse, 1 pumpkin shaped Reece’s peanut butter cup, 2 chocolate Voodoo doughnuts, chocolate ice cream at Salt and Straw and at Ruby Jewel (Ruby Jewel was better), Trader Joe’s chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered peanuts (not good ones), Trader Joe’s chocolate peanut butter cups, and chocolate chip cookies (home-made by Gwenn). On Saturday we went to some open art studios here in Portland. There were tons of snacks. I ate chocolate covered potato chips, Reece’s peanut butter cups, a Rolo, several varieties of Hershey’s kisses, KitKat, Mr. Goodbar, really good chocolate brownies, a slice of chocolate doughnut, and a variety of chocolate cookies.
I’m glad I ate sweets but I’m even more excited to stop eating them. Rather than considering skipping next year (as I often do at the end of my four days) I am thinking about not purchasing any sweets and instead only eating what is offered to me. Who knows, though. By next year I’ll probably want to eat something sugary again. Until then, no thanks.
October 31, 2013 • Comments (0)
I started Stop Being Sweet eight years ago and what a trip it’s been!
If you’re new to my blog, I only eat sweets 4 days out of every year. I start today, on Halloween, and keep going until November 3rd, which is my birthday. Initially I thought I’d do this just for one year, but it worked so well that it seemed logical to continue and now eight years have gone by.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that, “Sugar is like Jr. High School. The further you get from it, the easier it is to forget all about it.” Sure I’ve slipped up several times, but I just got back on track.
Truthfully, when I began Stop Being Sweet, it was kind of a joke. I wasn’t interesting in becoming a health guru (but still felt a kind of magic when I registered the domain name). The greatest unexpected result of writing this blog is that I’ve come in contact with people from all over the world who also struggle with sugar addiction. Basically, I realized I’m not alone.
Your encouragement, support, and requests for help have kept me working to give back and help others. In 2014 I will be rolling out new services which include meetings, an updated book, and online coaching.
So, I’m eating sweets today and for the next three days as I have every year since 2005. This year I’ve got a few places I want to visit including Voodoo Doughnuts and Salt and Straw ice cream to see what all the fuss is about.
October 30, 2013 • Comments (0)
I walked into Whole Foods tonight. Realizing that I will eat sweets over the next few days, I wandered into the bakery section of the store. That area was completely new to me. The assortment of breads, pastries, cookies, and cakes was astonishing. How people manage to not spend their entire paycheck in there every single day is beyond me.
With a sweet-eating-grin on my face, I walked past the candy aisle where some guy looked at me as if I was a crazy person who needed to be avoided. My beard and my hoodie does that sometimes, but usually on dark streets late at night. I took my menacing appearance and left without buying anything. It’s a Stop Being Sweet rule to never go food shopping while hungry—especially when entering my Four Days of Sweetness!
October 22, 2013 • Comments (2)
My friend, artist and creative designer Ed Flynn, often shares poems in pictures like the one posted above. I was pleasantly surprised to find this one in my Facebook feed today along with the dedication, “This is for my pal David Vanadia. No candy for Halloween this year!”
Thanks for thinking of me, Ed!
While I don’t and won’t hand out duct tape (decent sized nails would be more my style) I did experiment with offering kids the choice of candy or glow sticks last year. I also wrote about 10 Trick-or-Treat Alternatives and am considering handing out something other than candy this year.
I don’t mind the jest and have gotten used to being the butt of many jokes. However, I want to set the record straight: I still like to eat sweets.
If I could, I’d eat nothing but sugary junk food every single day—but I don’t. For many people, that’s why I come to mind while they’re sinking their teeth into their fifth doughnut or as they finish a tub of ice cream.
I’m not the tiny angel (or devil) sitting on your shoulder and reminding you of your transgressions. I’m not a badge-carrying member of the food police. I’m doing something positive, so don’t cast me in a negative light.
PS - I joke too and reserve the right to call sugar “evil” whenever I want!
April 11, 2013 • Comments (3)
Yesterday, I had a late lunch consisting of butternut squash soup, roasted vegetables, and some quinoa. Barring a small evening snack, I planned to be done eating for the day.
A few hours later my friends said, “Let’s get something to eat.” I went along to spend some time with them and take part in the conversation. We ended up at Chipotle, where my thought process went like this:
I didn’t eat sugar but did eat when I was already full.
Whenever I go into Chipotle, I eat. To get food is why I go in there—except last night. Last night I went to participate in a conversation. It was also the first time out of maybe fifty that I went into a Chipotle just to hang out.
My friends wouldn’t have thought it strange if I didn’t eat and just wanted to talk. Certainly Chipotle wouldn’t have noticed that I didn’t buy anything. Still, I purchased food and ate it.
The reason I ate when I wasn’t hungry was as simple as me being on autopilot. I made a purchase because that’s what I always do and possibly because that’s what everyone else was doing. It was that simple.
From now on I’m going to do my best to slow down around food and listen to my gut.