On a bad day, be it one of cold and rainy weather, or of bad news, or of humiliating stress, I usually will devour some ice cream or chocolate or cake. It cheers me up. Now, I’m cutting out eating refined, processed sugar. On a bad day, I let myself hog out on pears and …
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(Bad) Days Without Sugar

On a bad day, be it one of cold and rainy weather, or of bad news, or of humiliating stress, I usually will devour some ice cream or chocolate or cake. It cheers me up.

Now, I’m cutting out eating refined, processed sugar. On a bad day, I let myself hog out on pears and bananas.  A doctor would be very pleased; would a psychotherapist? I can probably have an even healthier crutch than apples and watermelons, like skipping rope or studying history. Last night I picked up a late-night pear and wondered, “Aren’t I simply turning to sugar for an escape here?” I brushed my teeth instead; it felt good to make the healthy choice.

My goal is to reduce my taste for sugar.

I’ve gone off of processed, refined sugar before. Gradually, I drifted back to ice cream, and cake, and chocolate when stressed. But… I came out turned off by the overly sweet taste of an Arizona Iced Tea or a McCain’s Chocolate Pie or a Snickers, and these had been favorite treats. So, I hope that by next summer, I’ll be turned off by more things (soft-serve ice-cream, hyper-flavored ice-cream, cola, jam, donuts).

It hasn’t been too tough to live without ice cream and chocolate and cake; already, I’ve given up, over a year ago, gummy candies and commercial chocolate bars. Ice cream and cake and chocolate are just more flavors I won’t eat; it’s not the end of the world. I don’t miss peanut butter cups or green gummy sharks that much; ergo, I won’t miss Heavenly Hash or chocolate cake.
I eat a lot of plain yogurt, usually with cinnamon and a cut up banana. It’s a great ice cream-like snack. I intend this to be the end of my cake-eating. One day I’m going to eat dark chocolate, and I bet it will taste even better than I remember.