My sugar habits
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
So, besides assessing my current sugar habits and listing the reasons I want to cut back (which I did in my last blog post) I was supposed to record my sugar habits all week long. not to change my ways yet, but to keep track of what, when, and how often I crave sweets, and how much I eat.
One thing is – and last week was the right time to witness it – I get a craving for gummy candy right before my period starts. Don't ask my why it's gummy candy and not chocolate as for every other woman I know, but that is that. I don't negotiate with myself about it. It's a once-a-month-thing and I don't buy family-size bags of gummy candy, I can live with that.
Another thing is – and this one really irks me – I get food jealousy. My boyfriend has the habit of digging into Milka chocolate while watching TV. And I hate watching him eat the chocolate. All on his own. If I had been by myself I wouldn't even have thought about chocolate, but I can't tolerate him sitting there and eating all the chocolate by himself. There, I said it. I know it sounds ridiculous. I wish I could get a grip on that. I usually don't eat more than 1 to 1.5 oz of chocolate on those occasions, but I hate that I'm doing it without even wanting the chocolate in the first place. Geez, it really sounds horrible.
So, I had 3 oz of gummy candy last Thursday, and chocolate on two nights this past week. On Monday I walked to the italian ice cream parlor with my friend and had a chocolate gelato with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and chocolate fudge sauce. No craving involved here, we do this about once a month, it's a social thing and we enjoy it. It racks up a little more than 600 calories, but I usually make up for that with a smaller lunch snack and a light dinner that day. Oh, I nearly forgot: There was cake last Wednesday. It was the MILs birthday and I made raspberry cheesecake of which I only had one piece, but another of the guests brought a marble cake that was so delicious that I ate a bit too much of that. Skipped dinner afterwards.
All in all I am not so sure how much I really "crave" sweets. I do have a sweet tooth, yes, but the only real craving I notice is the hormonal thing once a month. I do, however, want to get a grip on that silly chocolate envy and a few other little self-indulgences, like not being able to stop on that delicious birthday cake.
Now I'm curious what week two of the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" Challenge will bring!