Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day! The "Sugar Struggle" takes a "new" turn.......


We have all heard that we learn something new about ourselves every day, this is not really new but it was a mini-epiphany that occurred last weekend regarding my life long struggle with how simple sugar can fit into, or not fit into, my diet plan. As I have said many, many times, this is completely an individual thing, I know people who can keep a bowl of M&M's on their table, eat 3-4 per night and have to throw the rest them away after they go stale! However, most people I know and most clients I have dealt with over the past 20 years in this industry have some type of "trigger food", sugar, salt, "comfort food", whatever. Mine is obviously simple sugar but as I realized, or finally admitted to myself, last weekend, it is a specific type of simple sugar, not sugar itself that does not work for me.

It had been 4 weeks since I had any type of trigger sugar and I innocently had a couple of candies that my kids were enjoying while watching a movie at a friends house last Sunday night. Not sure why I did it, I was very tired, very relaxed and mostly, the definition of insanity, figured I could have a couple and be done...............NOT! A few candies progressed to me finishing the box of candies my son was eating (not even a candy I like or crave)! At this point I decided to actually enjoy a dessert, as I say, having some "calories that are worth it" since I was in the midst of a sugar "binge"! I had a small frozen Snickers Bar, one of my favorite treats and, amazingly, I was done for the night. A little cravings the next day, that were easily cured by eating a handful of almonds and another week of no simple sugar at all!

Lesson: Just what I always tell my clients, if you have this "addiction", make sure your "treat" has some fiber or fat with it, for example, low or no fat Ice Cream does not work for me (I can eat a whole gallon, no problem) or any type of hard candy with no fiber or fat. This Saturday I had an amazing run at Kennesaw mountain (what an amazing day of weather): I ran 220 minutes (probably between 20-24 miles) and felt fantastic the whole way......treated myself to another frozen snickers bar and a protein shake afterwards, no cravings, no binging the rest of the day. Last night I had one, yes, just one, bowl of Breyers Ice Cream while watching a movie with the family and was completely full, satisfied and did not crave anything for the rest of the night or any time today!

So...............The "new" plan is to keep the trigger foods (candy, sweets with no fiber or fat) pretty much completely out of my diet but "allow" myself a full fat treat when I want one............I'll keep you posted!

Enjoy the journey......next week, information on "Chia Seeds"..........

The quote below really summarizes how I feel about life so I thought I would share (it is not my "tag line" after my email signature - for at least this month :-)
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
- FDR -