There are so many reasons why sugar is bad for you. Try reading Sugar Blues, which I did decades ago when I switched to stevia and stopped eating double-stuffed oreos.® (Sigh…I miss them.)
According to a recent article in Prevention, people with heavy sugar intake have a 58% higher risk of depression. Sugar weakens your skin and causes wrinkles, damages your kidneys, creates inflammation and can make arthritis much worse. Not to mention how it contributes to obesity and disease.
I had been doing so well for several weeks (after Christmas) and then I decided to throw a surprise birthday party for one of my best friends. This, of course, meant I had to bake her a cake, and I did. Not one but two cakes, since she told me she loved banana cake as well as chocolate. (Look it up- very similar to banana bread with icing.)
And that was my downfall. Because when I iced the cakes, some icing got on my fingers. And when we sang happy birthday and she blew out her candles, I cut the cake. I had to have some myself just to be polite. (LOL) They were good- wayyyyyy too good. So this morning I sent most of the chocolate cake off to work with my husband, where I thought he might give it away (although I knew better. He has the same addiction I do.)
I kept one piece for me to enjoy and savor. I threw the excess icing in the trash so I could not get to it. And after being out on the road all day, seeing clients, preparing for a speech, coaching a great lady, I came home to that piece of cake. And I savored it.
And tomorrow as I look at my swollen stomach, which has now pooched out in front by several inches, I will no longer eat the sugar. I will return to my normally healthy eating habits of organic food, fruits and veggies and protein. What can I say…I’m only human and I’m working on it. I forgive myself and move on. What about you? What are your guilty secrets?
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