Today's post is dedicated to sugar. Kind of the way I'm dedicated to sugar. I majored in public health. I try to live a healthy lifestyle, you know, fruits/veggies, whole grains, sleep, physical activity. If I have one Achilles's heel, it's sugar. I just love me some sugar. In basically every form. When I was diagnosed with dairy allergy, I had to give up ice cream (I have almond ice cream sometimes, or sorbets, but they're just not the same). Since cutting out milk, cream, cheese, ice cream, cream cheese... my diet's gotten healthier, but I still eat cookies/chocolate/treats every day, sometimes multiple times a day;)
Over the last few weeks I've been getting the message that I need to be eating less sugar. I keep talking to friends who tell me their worried about diabetes, just trying to be healthier, etc. and they're decreasing their sugar intake. I've been in the "contemplation" stage of change:) I know there's too much sugar in my diet, but there are barriers to cutting it out. For example: I love it.
But I've committed to my first baby step of change. Because I'm serious about this. Diabetes runs in my family, and also in our country...so I want to get serious about not overworking my dear pancreas. I've decided to try this: no sugar before lunch or after 8:00pm.
It reminds me a little of a roommate I once had (who shall remain nameless) who gave up food after 8:00pm and felt the need to force her diet on us all whenever we ate something at night by saying, "uhhh, you really shouldn't be eating. It's too late." Well maybe I'm hungry! I still eat late when I'm hungry, I'm just eating real food, not sugar.:)
Anyway, I've been trying it for the last few days and it hasn't even been hard:) Which is why I chose to start with such an achievable goal;)
I will probably add some better guidelines to help me stop eating so much sugar in the future. I feel like the less processed sugar/foods you eat, the less you crave them. We'll see how it goes!