Here's something I never thought I'd think about, much less say aloud: I'm thinking about cutting sugar out of my diet.
I stopped drinking alcohol in October, in an effort to quit smoking. It actually really helped - I haven't even wanted a cigarette since then. And I don't have to listen to people say, "Do you think those cigarettes are organic...local tobacco, blah blah, heh heh."
I admit they have a point.
But it's not just because I want to be all health-nut, local this, local that. Although I really like being that way. The main reason I'm considering cutting sugar out of my diet is...it just doesn't seem like that much of a sacrifice.
I do have a sweet tooth -- mostly for things made out of dark chocolate. But compared to all of the SOLE food that I've been eating, things that come in a box or wrapped in foil are holding less and less allure for me. Even the artisan cakes and pies available at the farmer's market taste way too sweet and just don't give me what I want out of food. It seems a waste to eat it. And now that I've been treating my body to real food for the last seven months, I notice the difference in the way I feel when I do eat sugar. A peak, and then a crash -- just like Momniho always said.
I've mentioned my plan to others, here and there, and they act like I'm thinking about dropping out of college. Wait, I'd probably get a lot more support if I told them that -- "Good for you! College Shmollege! Ya can't get a doctorate without getting indoctrinated!" But decisions about food are oddly alarming to people. "You don't have to cut out sugar, just be moderate!"
I'm still considering being open to the possibility of being moderate, but sugar has me thinking: What's the point? Now that I'm not just eating for taste anymore, sugar just isn't all that sexy to me. I'm sorry, sugar. It's not you, it's me. Actually, it is kind of you. You were just using me, trying to make me think you were awesome and then never delivering the goods, leaving me exhausted! You are so selfish and full of yourself! Sugar: you deplete me.
The thing is, I don't think I can give up honey. I love honey, particularly the raw honey I get from Round Rock Honey at the Farmer's Market. Are honey and sugar the same thing? Has anyone ever given up sugar before? Was it hard? Do you feel better now? Tell me, tell me.