I am addicted to sugar. I realized this early on in my weight loss quest. There is no easy way to say it. It’s hard for me to admit it as well. As much as a healthy eater I’ve become, I still manage to get a daily dose of sugars. I’ve tried to kick them. But then the cravings become too much to bear and I binge. Example: Sunday I avoided sugar and sugar substitutes all day. Made it through the day. And it was hard! But I stayed focused and worked to avoid them. Yesterday at work I did really well until after lunch. I was craving something sweet. Anything! So I allowed myself to have a cup of green tea with Splenda in it. That was the wrong thing. Yes, it satisfied the brain craving for sweets but then the body took over.
At work we have a guy who has tons of candy in jars in his cube. No, he never asks for money and everyone is welcome to it. He stocks Tootsie Rolls. I love Tootsie Rolls. If I had to name my top 5 favorite candies Tootsie Rolls and in the top 4. My kids call him the Candy Man when they come to work with me. Needless to say that craving for candy was so strong I just found myself in his cube grabbing 4 Tootsie Rolls and 1 unwrapped and eaten by the time I got back to my cube (less than 20 steps) and the wrapper was off the second. From there things just got worse. I had a couple Jolly Ranchers candies from the jar on our administrative assistant’s desk, stopped to get gas on the way home, didn’t have the credit card so I had to go in and pay cash, bought a box of Good & Plenty (number 3 on my list). After dinner I had a “diet” ice cream bar with the crunchy chocolate coating on it … need I say more?
So my new knowledge search is to find out what exactly creates this craving for sugars and how do I defeat it?