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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Oh Sugar, Sugar... Oh Honey, Honey

I claim to be an 'everything in moderation' girl.

But I'm not.

I'm an 'all or nothing' girl.

In pretty much everything.

I give (or take) 100%, or I don't do it at all.

Yeah. I know. I'm working on it, OK? Quit nagging me about it! Sheesh.

Anyway, last year, I decided I needed to give up Diet Pepsi (and all artificial sweeteners, in fact). And if you know me at all, you know that was big. Really big. Diet Pepsi was all I drank. And it was all I drank for years. I mean years. Well, that's a lie actually. I drank Diet Coke, too (but only out of the fountain. Because it doesn't taste good in bottles or cans, that's why). I drank gallons of the stuff every day. And though I know I'm prone to hyperbole, I'm not exaggerating about this (seriously... I figure I have so many chemicals and preservatives in my system, I'll never die).

So I went cold turkey.

'All or nothing,' remember?

It wasn't too bad. At first. But it got harder. And then it got easier. And now? I don't really even like the taste of soda anymore. I quit in November and I switched over to unsweetened iced tea and/or water. I don't really like water all that much (unless I'm crazy-thirsty), but I know I need to drink more of it. So I'm trying. But all in all, I consider my 'all or nothing' effort a rousing success!

Yay me!

But now? My 'all or nothing' thing is sugar.

Sugar is really not good for you. I know this. And what I've been told by numerous sources who work and specialize in nutrition and in the actual 'healthcare' industry (as opposed to the 'sickcare' industry most medical people work in), is that cancer feeds on sugar. This makes sense to me, really, as when they gave me the radioactive crap to light up my cancer for the PET scan, I was told it contained high amounts of sugar, which goes straight to the cancer.


So, since it's not really good for you in general and it might be really bad for you if you have cancer, it seems a logical move to cut it out. Right?


OK. I can do this. I mean, I don't eat a lot of actual sugar. Like, out of the sugar bowl, I mean. I don't put it in stuff or on stuff. So I'm good there. But I'm told there's sugar in... (gulp)... chocolate.

Say it ain't so, my peeps! Say it ain't so!

OK, I'm not a moron. I know it is so. There is sugar in chocolate. There is. It's there. It's not fair. But that's Life. There. Is. Sugar. In. Chocolate. And that means... there is sugar in... in... in...


Oh, lawd!

I don't know what I'm gonna do. Is there a Nutella rehab clinic? Does anyone know? Hey, maybe I'll start one! I know it can't just be me. Can it? No, there are others. I know there are. It could be a good career move, really.

But I digress (that's also called avoidance. I'm quite good at that, let me tell you).

OK. I can do this. I can. I will pull myself together and I will go...

Cold turkey.

On Monday.

No sugar. No chocolate. No...


Sigh. Sniff. Sob. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

I'll check back in with you when the shakes have stopped and I can write again.

Wish me well, my friends. Wish me well.

At least I can rest easy knowing there's no sugar in red wine. Whew! Dodged that bullet.






dianne said...

Loved this post, you made me laugh with you funny narrative.
The problem is there is hidden sugar in just about everything.
I watched an interesting documentary about 'low fat foods', yes low fat but they lace them up with sugar to make them taste more palatable.
You do have to read the labels on any canned or processed foods.
I was astounded to see how much sugar there is in soda drinks. It is a battle to eat a healthy diet,so many hidden sugars and fats. I too stick with tap water, herbal teas, green tea, instant coffee (probably not good) with skim milk, lots of fresh vegetables, fresh fruit in moderation, some fruits are high in fructose and I eat lean beef, skinless chicken and fish occasionally.
Hang in there, you get used to no sweeteners and added sugars. :)
xoxoxo ♡

Amy McMean said...

My husband drinks a crazy amount of soda. There are currently 18 12pack cases of soda in my closet......long story big sale at the store. I on the other hand don't drink soda. Just ice tea with no sugar or fake sugar or ice water. My dad drank a lot of water and I guess it rubbed off on me. Now if there was sugar in ice cream I'd be up the creek........WHHHHAAATTTTTT!!!!

Lisa said...

Every time i have anything sweet i remember that fact about cancer feeding off sugar.
I have tried to go sugarless but that lead to migraine and tears.
I cant do artificial sweeteners at all, so I am into moderation and that is even worse.
Damn sugar.

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dianne said...

Just thinking of you dear Diane, hope you are going ok and wishing you well.
Your friend Dianne, with two n's. ;)

xoxoxo ♡

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Amy McMean said...

Hey lady just checking in with you, hope things are going well. Amy

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Pauline said...

There's no sugar in broccoli :)

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hebba said...

Oh, Diane, I have missed you so! I am sorry to hear of your health condition; it sounds like you are doing all the right things (cutting out soda, cutting out sugar, etc) to get your immune system as healthy as possible.

Happy I can keep checking in on you.

Alyce said...

CANCER FEEDS OFF SUGAR?! Why, dear cousin, would you ruin my greatest love by broadcasting that fact? I'll never be able to eat Krispy Kreme again (those donuts are a rare and precious commodity in my country) without imagining evil little cancer cells expanding. I love you, I'm here for you, I sympathise with your efforts to kick the sugar addiction, but I'M NOT HAPPY WITH YOU RIGHT NOW!

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