Hi friends!! Happy Friday! Today I’d like to talk a bit about a personal struggle of mine… SUGAR addiction. I’ve pretty much always been known to have a massive sweet tooth, to the extent that I had the nickname “Sugar Monster” from my sister (she even made me a printed earring with it on).
One of the many things I love about following a paleo lifestyle is that it avoids refined/added sugars. This is a HUGE plus for me, since it helps keep the good ‘ol Sugar Monster in line most of the time & steers me towards more nutrient-dense foods.
Except… lately I seem to have replaced my refined sugar ways with a new, healthier looking alternative… although, I’ve found I’m abusing it in the same old ways. Dried fruit has been my latest vise, along with a bit of dairy & soy-free chocolate.
So, I’ve asked myself… does a Sugar Monster ever truly reform their sugar-loving ways? Or do they simply replace that void, filling it with another sweet form (as I have with dried fruit)?
What’s the matter with loving & enjoying some dried fruit, you ask? Well, good question. Not much, if you have it in moderation & possess some self-control. If you digest it well & can portion control it, go for it! Me, on the other hand – no self-control… & I’ve found my tummy is not at all happy with the impressive amounts of dried fruit I’ve been inhaling. After finding myself devouring an entire bag of dried figs the other day, followed by more of the dairy/soy-free chocolate chunks than I needed in my trail mix… well, I realized it was time to address this issue.
Does a true Sugar Monster ever truly reform their sweet ways? I’m not entirely sure. I have decided that I’m not going to buy any dried fruit or any more of the chocolate for a while. I need to not rely on it & if I want something sweet I’m going to try & have some fresh fruit instead. An “A” for effort… we’ll see how it all goes. So far, I’m one & a half days in…
Once a Sugar Monster, Always a Sugar Monster? Are YOU a Sugar Monster too? Any tips or tricks you’ve learned?