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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Refined Sugar Is Not My Friend


So this has nothing to do with adoption, or birth parents or really anything related to kids. Unless you want to relate it to the sugar addiction I've battled since my youth. Ok, so it really hasn't been a battle. I lost a long time ago. But I'm coming back with a vengeance. I may have lost {many} battles, but I shall not lose the war!

I've tried a few times to kick the sugar habit. I've been through detox. I've quit eating sweets for months at a time. And then I decide to reintroduce that wonderful stuff back into my life. I'll just eat sweets once a month...just once a week...just once a day....just once an hour. And then, once again, somehow I've been overtaken by my taste buds to delight in the wonderful sugary-ness of baked goods or candy or ice cream.

The problem isn't that I just eat occasional sweets. The problem is that I don't know how to stop. It literally is like an addiction. I can't eat just one cookie. I love to bake. I mean, I love to bake. It makes me happy. But by the time the first batch of cookies is done, I've already eaten like 3 cookies worth of dough. And then I'll just have a couple cookies since I have to make sure they're safe for the rest of the family to eat.

I'm lucky in that I do find great pleasure in running. I'm not overweight by any means, but a few months ago, I was reading through the book of Philippians, and I came across this verse: "Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and...their mind is on earthly things." (Phil. 3:19) I don't think I'm a glutton, but when I have sugar in my life, it tends to take over quickly. And I shouldn't be ok with that. If I spent as much time focusing my mind on the Lord instead of how incredibly tasty my baked goods are, I would be a much better person.

So, I've decided to make a life change.

I'm not cutting out baked goods or sweets or yummy foods. But I am making a conscious choice to be conscious of what I'm putting into this temple the Lord has given me. Superman is one of those people naturally drawn to healthiness (lucky duck) so he was on board to try this with me. So we're now on day four of our "no refined sugar" kick. I want to see if I feel different, better. I have had chronic pain in my joints for years and years and I want to see if making this dietary change happens to help. I've tried pretty much everything else, so why not this?

I don't expect to cut out all refined sugar forever. I know there will be times when I will enjoy a sweet delight with a friend. And I'm not going to force our kids to never eat sweets. Halloween is, after all, just a few weeks away, and there are birthday parties, school parties, and just fun at friends' houses. But, we will be aware. We will be sensitive to how we are treating our bodies. When I can, I will substitute natural sugars for refined sugars in my baking. I will do my best to treat this body with the respect it deserves and to be thankful for it. I have no right to abuse it!

Anyone else want to join me?

3 comments:

FoundProdigalDaughter said...

Kudo's to you for making the change and being more aware of your refined sugar intake. I too try to be aware, but there's just way to many darn little yummy reasons for me to eliminate it completely. Some days are better then others. Best of luck with this challenge...plus I like why you are doing this. Not just for you or your family, but for the Lord.

Robin said...

Nope! I love my refined sugar. It's one of the great things about running, I can eat it! I can honestly say, it'll never happen. I quit smoking but I don't think I'll ever quit sugar! Good for you though, you always inspire.

Rachel said...

Oh, I feel you on this one! I have been battling this addiction since I stopped running competitively (after college), and I've done the pendulum swings from no sugar to binging and back again. I'm currently on a eat-healthy-during-the-week-and-splurge-a-little-on-the-weekends kick (4 weeks and 7 lbs. down!)...That Bible verse always kicks my butt. I feel so lame for letting my stomach be my god, but it's such a true explanation!!!

"Enjoy" the struggle! :o)

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