My not-so-secret addiction is sugar. As in sugar found in sweets like chocolate and desserts. I don’t drink soft drinks, I don’t drink sweet tea, but if I could get away with it, I’d have dessert every single night (and cookies for a snack around 4:00 every day). But I can’t get away with it so I mostly ogle desserts from afar. Now…if we go to someone’s house during the week and they just happen to have pie, I’m all over it. And if my mother-in-law wants to prepare a dessert to follow Sunday lunch, believe me, I’m there. I just can’t pass them up. But each time I eat them, I’m left with guilt (Why did you eat that when you know you’re trying to eat right, and you just walked this morning? So much for burning calories. Why? Why?).
Sugar has become the latest no-no, the latest trend of evil we put into our bodies. Experts say sugar can affect the brain in the same way cocaine does. It can create compulsive eating habits and give you withdrawals when you try to cut back. It can make you cranky and even mildly depressed. (Hmmm…I’m just going to be honest. Chocolate has never, not even one time, made me cranky or depressed.)
Oh, sugar…why you gotta be so bad?
Why does something so good have to be so bad?
And you salties…don’t roll your eyes. You’re just as bad as the sugar addicts. You know it! I watch people around me douse their food with salt every day. They seem to crave it as much as I crave sugar. And I don’t crave salt at all. A little dash in my veggies while they’re cooking and that’s it.
So what’s the difference? Why do some people crave sugar and some people crave salt?
I won’t even pretend to know why we’re all so different. We crave different things, taste things differently. I guess it just means we all have a vice somewhere. Whether it’s the nightly bowl of ice cream, a hand full of dark chocolate, or a whole bag of chips.
I did find some tips for curbing cravings: limit processed foods, eat three meals a day, exercise, get out of the house, chew gum. The one I liked the most was don’t shame yourself. Isn’t that so true? I mentioned the guilt my psyche rattles at me when I eat too much sugar – well, that guilt makes me want to scream. (But honestly, if the little voice inside my head didn’t tell me to stop, I’d eat entirely too much sugar every day.)
Oh, sugar…why you gotta be so good?
You know I love you, but quit begging me to eat the leftover homemade ice cream in the freezer!