Well, it has been a week since Easter and I wish I could say that I stayed away from the sweets this year. I’m getting better, but Easter seems to get me every year. It may have something to do with my youngest two children having their birthdays in April and early May. I know it certainly doesn’t help. I do my best to keep the overall sugar consumption down for my family, but it is a struggle for all of us. Just a nibble of this and a little taste of that………..and suddenly I am feeling really sluggish.
It’s not that sugar is the worst thing in the world to eat, but I have found that my family’s consumption of sugar is still too much. We use honey and maple syrup as sweeteners at home because it is rare to find processed food that uses those ingredients exclusively as sweeteners. This forces me to cook and bake at home which helps me to control the sugar we eat on a regular basis.
It would be nice if we could just stay in our little house forever with me cooking every meal that we eat. We would be the picture of nutritious eating……… And then I woke up from that dream and came back to reality.
My reality this weekend was a trip to see my college son. He is a technical theater and design major at Bowling Green State University. He builds sets, runs lights, and sound…depending on his assignment for the show. This has been a passion of his since he was quite young. The school’s spring musical was this weekend so we decided to take the day and ride out to see the show. We had a blast! My son showed us around the theater after the show and we got to see all sorts of things that you wouldn’t know existed when you sit in the theater and watch the show. I was really impressed. I know. I know. I was impressed when he rolled over for the first time, too. Still, this was really impressive. Here are a couple of pictures. My son works in the dark and these photos were taken with my Iphone.
So, this is all well and good Christina, but what does this have to do with sugar?
I’ll tell you………….I was out of my little house and I had no control. We avoided the rest area turnpikes for a meal because all they had was fast food. I’m not doing that. I didn’t go that crazy! We got to the campus and planned to go to a campus restaurant we knew that at least had some vegetables. It was closed! We ended up at the fast food student union. I found some sushi and had to make do with that. Kids ate pizza. After the show, my son introduced us to a Mexican restaurant he liked. We found bean and cheese burritos with lettuce and guacamole. Who knows how many artificial ingredients we were actually eating. It seemed like it was made from scratch, but I doubt that used organic cheese or vegetables. It was delicious and we really enjoyed the short time we had with our son.
Now for the sugar………….None of us were quite ready to head home. The sun was still shining and we were having a great time. How to make the day last a little longer before making the long trip home? Off to Dairy Queen………….the nail in the coffin for me. I just can’t resist ice cream. Old habits die hard.
Sugar has a hold on me. No matter how many times I purge sugar out of my system……….it comes right back with just a bite or a nibble. I need to take this week to start fighting back. The few jelly beans and chocolate bunny’s bottom that we have around the house are heading out the door. I am going to fight my sugar cravings with fruit. It has worked for me before, so I’m going to start there again. Instead of ice cream for snacks, I will have fresh fruit and frozen smoothies. Some of my favorite recipes I discovered during the Juggling Real Food and Real Life Smoothie Competition. If you want to eat smoothies with me, here are the recipes from the competition. It’s time to dump this sluggish feeling. I’ve got a lot of things to do!
I’ve talked long enough. Now I would like to hear from you. Does sugar have a hold on you? What do you do to fight back those sugar cravings? Do you worry about your family’s overall sugar consumption?
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