It took me awhile to mentally associate “poor health” with the beautiful colors and delicious tastes of so many tempting junk food items; I wish there had always been warning labels on junk food. It’s not hard to give up sugar; I’ve done it before. I’m a sugarholic; it’s my escape and crutch and if …
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Day 10 (Without Sugar); Warning labels on Junk Food, #2

It took me awhile to mentally associate “poor health” with the beautiful colors and delicious tastes of so many tempting junk food items; I wish there had always been warning labels on junk food.

It’s not hard to give up sugar; I’ve done it before.

I’m a sugarholic; it’s my escape and crutch and if I start, I don’t stop until the jar/bucket/wrapper/can/box/sack is empty.  If I treat myself, I dive right in.

I’m grateful it’s not heroin or cigarettes or alcohol; there are worse drugs out there, that people struggle harder with.  I’m a human like them, so I should be able to walk away from this one.

Once I got one hundred one dollar coins from the bank, and used them as a counter to stay off of sugar.  Another time I went off sugar, splurging on my preferred fruits for two months.

Afterwards, I’ll one day think, “One can’t hurt,” and have a chocolate bar.  And really, one won’t hurt at all, however I eventually always find myself watching a great movie with an entire package of cookie dough and a whole carton of ice cream, with raspberry jam as a seasoning.  It’s a waste of money and it’s of course bad for your teeth.

People debate how bad it is for our health, although no one ever debates how good it is for our health.  “Research has shown that drinking sugary drinks is linked to type 2 diabetes“; sugar impairs our immune systems and can contribute to depression (!), Crohn’s disease, premature aging, kidney disease; sugar can “worsen conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer“.  Sugar has been identified by one researcher as “the key source of an American health crisis“; even this article which questions the science promoting sugar’s status as ‘Public Health’s Enemy Number One’ acknowledges “we can all agree eating less of it is probably a good idea”.

When I eat a little, I eat a lot.

Probably, I have to learn to simply never eat processed sugar treats at all, ever.  Once I start, it’s a decline until I realize suddenly that I’m thinking so slowly because I’m a pre-diabetic waking coma.  I have to make like Nancy Reagan, and just say No.

I recently discovered that Bartlett pears are really not as expensive as I had naively thought.  That’s the kind of sweet treat and dessert I will develop a passion for.