Noun: A person who is addicted to or excessively fond of chocolate
Hi, my name is Meegan and I am a sugar addict.
I believe most of the population is, to some extent.
I feel like I am in the 200th percentile of the sugar addiction scale.
I’m what’s know as a chocoholic.
I love to cook with it. Eat it. Share it.
I look for it.
I look forward to it.
I rely on it.
I need to change that. I don’t want to be tied to my sugar addiction any longer.
(I can literally hear my family and close friends laughing their heads off – Meegan? Meegan Harvey willingly give up chocolate???!!! Seriously?!)
So I researched.
And read some more.
I can’t remember the last time I willingly read a non-fiction book that had me Googling terms and actually thinking long and hard about something other than the usual Circus stuff that fills 99.99% of my thoughts. One particular book made a big impact on the way I think about something. The way I feel about something. The way I behave about something.
Enter, Sweet Poison by David Gillespie.
David has written, in layman’s terms with a bit of humour added in, about sugar and how the body responds to the amount and the types of sugars we consume. He has successfully made what is a pretty messy and complicated jargon filled minefield, a relatively easy read. If you are even vaguely interested in how much sugar is ‘hidden’ in the foods we buy or how much sugar we are unknowingly consuming, but this book!
Today is June 8th – I have been chocolate, soft drink and almost completely sugar free for five days now. It hasn’t been a walk in the park, but it hasn’t been as hard as I had prepared myself for either…
I have slipped up only once, and it was completely out of habit or routine of ordering at a favourite afternoon tea place. I had actually ordered before I stopped myself!
But other than my small hiccup, it has been OK. I had a huge headache on day four but a couple of Panadol fixed that up quickly.
I am hoping that after a couple of weeks, I will be feeling less fuzzy, clear headed, more able to focus and be less scatterbrained. Basically I want the sugar ‘cloud’ to be lifted.
I think I am sleeping better.
I think I have more energy at that awful 2-3pm sugar searching time.
I am not searching the pantry or fridge for any chocolate I have hidden and forgotten about.
I have even declined chocolate.
I class all these things as small successes!
I have high hopes.
I am helping myself too – shopping mainly from the outside of Woolies or Coles means buying fresh and less processed foods, not only for me, but for the rest of the Circus as well. And Marc has been awesome. While he wasn’t too fussed on changing his ways too much, he has begun to eat even better than before, mainly with less bad snacking and better drink choices.
We are on our way to a healthier version of the Circus and I’m excited about it :)