Hi, Friends! Do you think I am being all rulesy if I go sugar-free through the end of the year? There is a part of me that agrees with you. I mean, isn’t it just the time for a bit of cheating? The season of celebration?
(This will NOT be my beverage of choice this season. Even if I wish it were!)
If only this were true for me. I have a pretty good idea of the way things work around the holidays. The first couple of days I stay strong. Around day three I waver and have just one dessert. After that, it’s a wash. A haze of high-calorie, headache-inducing poor eating choices. I resent myself for making the choices and I walk away five pounds heavier.
A couple of days ago I was reading an article on Mark’s Daily Apple about trigger foods. Mark suggested that if there is a certain food that, once consumed, causes you to make a myriad of other poor food choices, perhaps you should avoid that gateway food. Well, for me, that food is sugar. Specifically desserts. I start with dark chocolate and suddenly I am eating Bugles! How does this happen?!
That is why I am so excited to be diligently sugar-free this season. I would like to enjoy myself and not feel guilty about my bad choices. It is worth a bit of denial to be at peace inside myself.
I have decided to keep you much more updated than normal on how it is going because I need that kind of accountability. My plan is to post diary-style through the end of the year. It’s gonna be great! 😉
Here are my rules:
No sugar. No desserts. No chocolate.
No stress if sugar is put into a fairly benign dish like homemade spinach salad with dressing by a relative and I am unaware. I will just be doing my best to avoid the obvious. Yes, sweet potatoes. No, marshmallow topping.
PS – Care to join me? Be sure to let me know if you are trying to avoid sugar too. Don’t just keep it to yourself. There is power in accountability!