Sugar is addicting. Just like any other drug out there on the market, sugar is a drug. Have you ever gone through sugar withdrawals? Headaches, dizziness, and visions of chocolate, cookies and candy dance in your dreams, an uncontrollable desire to devour some sweet, anything sweet (even something as sweet looking as a little baby)? Well folks, it’s true. I’ve gone through the pain and torture of giving up sweets. This spring, I realized that I should take my health and nutrition into my own hands. So, I started seeing a holistic nutritionist, who was going to help me develop a personalized nutrition plan. How cool is that?! As the day approached for our first meeting, I started getting really pumped. I had daydreamed about all the amazing things she was going to tell me, show me, and teach me to revamp my eating habits. It was going to be a perfect symbolic relationship.
Our first meeting—after extensively going through my current eating habits, eating habits as a child, family history, personal life, external life… you name it; she assigned the task of keeping a food journal for two weeks. Piece of cake. Done and done.
Our second meeting—“Emily, I need you to complete a natural three week cleanse. First week, eat just fruits and vegetables. Second week, go ahead and add in some good ole whole grains. Third week, let’s move you up to the proteins.”
I’m sitting there, a little bit uneasy, but hey—this is only for three weeks; it can’t be that bad, right?!
“Oh, and by the way, you must avoid at all costs sugar, alcohol, coffee, and anything processed.”
WHAT? Hold the phone. You’re telling me to do what now?! Processed food? Fine, I can remove that. Alcohol? Well that will make for a mellow weekend, so okay. Coffee? You must be completely out of your mind? I’ve been drinking a half pot of coffee daily for the last “who knows how long” and now you’re telling me to go cold turkey? Sugar? You mean everything sweet and delicious that is sitting right next to the vegetables in the pecking order of my food chain? You must be crazy… absolutely crazy.
Thinking back, I don’t know who was most crazy… her, for assigning the plan or me, for agreeing to it.
So, for all you out there that don’t believe me when I say “sugar is addicting,” you haven’t try to give it up for three weeks straight. No baby steps, no three week step program, no sugar patch (side note, that could be a good idea. If you run with it, I’ll give it a try), nothing… zero… zilch. Only then will you understand.
So, where does that leave me now? I’m off to find the best, the worst, and everything in between, sugar sensations to satisfy my sweet tooth. I’ll be sampling the finest sweet creations and giving you a full report of my sweet findings. I know it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it!
Sit back, relax, and come back to see what “truths” I’ve discovered in the world of “sweet”.