No News Is Reason For Gratitude

It’s surprisingly hard to give up following the news. I’m really grateful that I’ve done it for two full weeks now. Last year I went off the news; it was great. I got sucked back in just like I did so many times with sugar: “Oh, a little bit will be okay, after all of …

Days Without Sugar: Sugar & Slavery

Today as I ponder going off of grains and rice, and even whole-grain bread, to eat more greens and leaves, and thereby further combat my chemical addiction to sugar, I looked at this industrial sugar art display (thanks to Mark Bittman). It’s interesting to consider that much of our economy today relies on some level …

Days Without Sugar: What is sugar?

One evening I was sharing some corn chips with friends when a couchsurfer sarcastically denigrated my efforts to quit sugar: “What, that’s not sugar? Hm.” Then, s/he turned her/his back to me. Some peeps find it hard to show any appreciation for a place to crash! Corn chips never struck me as particularly sweet or …

Days Without Sugar: Eric Clapton On His Gateway Drug (1999)

Here’s a fascinating (and quick, only 1:11) clip of Mr. Slow Hand revealing the innocuous-seeming gateway drug he first utilized to change how he felt, which ultimately opened him to a later chain of addictions in life. Hint: It’s not beer, or caffeine, or nicotine, or even marijuana.