But I like sugar.
On an average day I will eat chocolate flavor cheerios for breakfast. Two coffees with two teaspoons of sugar each. Lunch might be cookies, if I’m out it might be a blueberry fritter from Tim Hortons. Around 3pm I get tired, like the rest of the world, so I’ll have two coffees and 4 more teaspoons of sugar. I might eat Doritos. Dinner is always healthy because I have to cook for the family, but if I need BBQ sauce I will make my own – and that means lots of brown, magical sugar. Luckily I don’t make BBQ sauce that often ;).
After 8pm I need to snack and I will always go for chocolate. I may add chips in there as well, but chocolate is necessary. I also often have one more coffee – two more teaspoons of sugar.
Right about now you might be checking to see if I have any pictures posted of myself and I’ll save you the search. I’m a size small. I may have my trials in life but a slow metabolism wasn’t one of them. Usually family functions involve me gorging myself at the sweets table while my sisters stare at me in disgust and warn me that it will catch up to me one day.
(okay, one little picture of me. Last year we went to SC and I ate at a shack by the ocean. They made fried chicken, sausage gravy, cheese and a fried egg sandwiched between 2 buttermilk pancakes and smothered in syrup. It was the happiest meal of my life, no lie.)
And so it has, but not the way we all thought. Last fall I caught a cold. It was a weird sinus thing, and I took Dayquil. Then it went into my throat. More Dayquil. Around Christmas I was still fighting it and although I had some better days the sore throat didn’t really go away. Then I caught strep throat in February. I was on antibiotics and throat gargles, ran a high fever and slept for 4 days. It took me the full 10 days to be able to stay awake all day and even then my throat still hurt. The month of April saw me on antibiotics again, and that was when I read an article in one of my magazines about the effects of refined sugar on the body. This woman tried removing white sugar from her families diet and experienced amazing changes in sleep patterns, behavior and physical health. After 6 months they discovered that eating even the smallest sugar treat made them feel immediately ill, tired and fog-brained.
I’m not a doctor or a dietician so I won’t go into details about the medical effects of refined sugar but I thought it was time for a dietary change in my life. I’m starting to wonder if this is a warning sign, and if it is then I best pay attention. I’m hoping that the month of May will pay off, that I’ll feel better, have more (natural) energy. My husband is doing it with me – obviously because I’d kill him if he ate a chocolate bar in front of me – and Jassy is going to do it too because she thinks it sounds interesting. She’s had great results in her health by removing gluten and dairy so she has a positive outlook on getting rid of sugar.
So here’s the plan: Month of May, no refined white sugar. Honey in my coffee, nothing that says “sugar” in the label and if it’s in question I’ll leave it. So far I’m feeling good about it, and in a home where we already face the culinary challenges of a gluten and dairy free child, what’s one more challenge? Maybe I’ll even discover healthy dessert! Actually, my emotional survival will depend on it… fingers crossed!