EVERYONE SHOULD GO TO A NUTRITION WORKSHOP BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS (OR MAYBE NOT).
In my "normal" everyday life I do not eat sugar. At. All.
Now it took a while to get to this point (aka a LOT of ebbs and a LOT of flows), but now I can say with confidence I do not eat sugar (yes I do consume alcohol, but that is another story).
When I worked in an office there were ALWAYS (always... always) treats coming in through the door. People would bring in donuts to share, there would be homemade cookies, pies, brownies, and more!! There were ALSO candy dispensers that were always stocked full o' tasty treats (gummi bears, m&m's, reeses peices, skittles, etc).
My rule was to just NOT partake. Just don't do it. And I never did.
Things become easier when the rule is absolute.
I would however sometimes get into a gluten-free treat kick. French macaroons, gluten-free cupcakes, gluten-free brownies, gluten-free cookies, coconut milk ice-cream! Now, NONE OF ME thinks the absence of gluten makes ANY of these treats "better" or "good" sugar is still sugar in whatever form. I would treat myself one day... and then I wanted to treat myself the next, and the next. Once a week would become twice week... to three times a week.
Just not optimal.
About three months ago I tweaked my diet a bit and HAD to take out the sugar and the chocolate (I'd been allowing myself 70%+ dark chocolate). In three months I have had a bit of honey, but that is it. The reason for the diet tweak is therapeutic, I am working on my digestion and sugar is trouble for a lot of digestive issues. It feeds some of the bad stuff (if you have bad stuff) in your gut (more on that later).
And you know what? It has been awesome. My skin looks better, I've dropped weight, my energy/mood is better, pretty great right?
So now let us fast forward today. Michigan. My home.
I come to Michigan about four times a year and when I am here I typically throw a lot of the rules to the wayside. The way I live in Seattle I say ... eh WHATEV. And do what I want in Michigan.
My parents are a fan of candy. You can see the pictures. There are cupboards just lurking with tasty sugary treats.
Now not everyone has a thing for candy. I do. And I don't want just a "taste" I want A LOT !
I want candy until I am overloaded with sweetness and am bordering on sickness. (Handfuls, you guys, handfuls is what I want.)
In Seattle, I follow the first rule of self defense aka don't be there. In Michigan, that isn't possible so I indulge! At first it is great... and then it isn't... and then I feel pretty terrible.
It is Michigan!
It is my special time!!
Not this trip.
The weekend before coming here I was at an onsite nutrition workshop and blood sugar regulation was a HUGE topic. Learning what it does to you internally when you overload your system was really impactful. Like really impactful. It gave me the resolve to say no to sugar for the holidays, for my trip to Michigan, and for the foreseeable future. Like I said I do REALLY well when I work in absolutes. Grey areas are where I get tripped up. Michigan has been a grey area, but no more my friends no more.
Next post I will be getting into the nitty gritty of what good blood sugar regulation looks like... and what an overworked system looks like and why it is harmful for your awesome body.
You all rock.