Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sugar Addict

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem right? Well my addiction is SUGAR. Now that I have cleaned the house out of all the Christmas treats it is time to that I get this under control.  It is really disgusting how much chocolate I have eaten. Part of the process is to be completely honest so I'm gonna lay it all out there for you. Since the holidays have been over the following is the junk I can remember consuming: two boxes of chocolate covered cherries, 2 big bags of M&Ms, a couple bars of salted dark chocolate, frozen Christmas cookies, one case of cranberry ginger ale and a tub of ice cream covered in Nestle Quik powder.  Also throw in there random treats at people's houses and cookies Mr.Loonie brings home from work.
There is also my morning coffee with vanilla creamer, cereal with vanilla soy milk, orange juice, toast with jam, pancakes with syrup, spoonfuls of Nutella, handfuls of sweetened cranberries and all those other hidden sugars.
I always liked my chocolate but I was able to control it.  Pregnancy was the addiction really started because all I wanted to do was sit on the couch with a bucket full of chocolate banana ice cream. I thought it was okay then but little did I know I was on a downward spiral into a full out problem.
So starting Monday that's it! Well not completely, just in reasonable amounts.  Little substitutions like milk instead of soy milk, water instead of sugary drinks and desserts will be a special treat not another meal in my day.  I was seriously replacing lunch with chocolate most days.  Thanks god for breastfeeding which helps me burn up to an extra 800 calories outside of regular activity.  Even though I am back down to pre-preggers weight I should be taking advantage of these extra calories burned and get on the treadmill to really get fit.  Limiting sugar and getting back to healthy eating is the first steps.

Candy Shop = A Crazy Lady
From what I have read I'll probably experience headaches and feel lethargic and grumpy for a few days. The only way to combat these feelings and to avoid intense cravings is to keep my blood sugars consistent by eating protein and foods on the low end of the glycemic index like beans, lean meat, veggies and brown rice and pasta. 
Wish me luck!