Hello. My name is Erin and I am a chocolate addict. Or maybe a sugar addict. I like sugar but I love it best when it’s mixed with rich, creamy chocolate, so maybe chocolate is more accurate. Not that it matters. Right now I can’t have either and it may be the death of me.
Earlier this summer my daughter and I visited my mom, older sister, and brother in North Carolina, along with said siblings’ spouses and children. We had a lovely visit. I was surprised to learn that everyone in my family is on one version or another of a grain-free/sugar-free diet. While there were few exceptions and treats, my mom, siblings, in-laws, nieces, and nephew ate very clean meals with little to no processed foods or sugars. There was much discussion of sugar addiction and gluten issues which were very informative.
While it seemed as if we were constantly eating, I didn’t gain a pound during the entire visit. Strongly motivated by this fact I vowed to eat cleaner at home and for a while it worked. We ate well and I lost a little weight. After a few weeks chocolate and other “treats” made it into the grocery cart. Hectic schedules resulted in faster, more processed meals. My weight increased to its pre-healthy-eating level.
In late August I had an appointment with a new physician who placed me on a 21 day elimination diet which I started after Labor Day. For over two weeks now I have had no sugar, dairy, wheat, and a few other things selected just for me. My family has been very supportive, sending me recipes and ideas of what to serve for meals. They also assure me the first two weeks are the worst. Soon, they say, my sugar cravings will be gone and chocolates, breads, pastas, and processed foods wouldn’t even taste good anymore. In fourteen days I will kick my sugar addiction and be ready for a more healthful lifestyle.
This has not yet been my experience. I am 16 days sugar and gluten-free and I really want some chocolate. And cheese. And bread. The fact that stores are now carrying huge bags of Halloween candy is not helping. I look at the new mega packages of snack-sized bars and think, “That might not be enough.”
My husband has joined me on this health adventure and can’t wait until it’s over so he can go back to his pudding for breakfast and ice cream for dessert lifestyle. I am taking a different view. While I am looking forward to adding certain foods back into our diet, I don’t want to waste this opportunity to reduce sugar intake and carry forward our healthier eating habits. But it isn’t going to be easy.
I love chocolate in almost any form but especially dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate with peanut butter, chocolate with nuts, chocolate with sprinkles, and chocolate with chocolate. While it saddens me to relegate this delectable food to an occasional treat, I know it’s the right thing to do.
Today is my birthday. Instead of a cake we’re going to have a bowl of mixed fruit with a candle in it; the perfect way to celebrate my turning 52 and our new, healthier lifestyle. While I know things will get easier, right now life is rough.
My name is Erin and I’m a chocoholic.
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