Mom + K + Summer 2008 = Going Processed Sugarless.
Are we crazy?
Are we going to cheat?
Most likely. Mom is not including a small bite of dark chocolate here and there.
Can we have ANY sugar?
Yes, if it's natural sugar, such as honey (and I'm not positive if molasses is 100% natural, but i'm including it in "ok" category)
Do we need support?
Big time, yo.
I made a list of all things dessert-like that I might encounter this summer so that I am fully aware of what I will be giving up (or at least trying to) for three months.
cinnabon • candy(butterfingers,gummybears among other favorites...) • dark chocolate/milk chocolate/white chocolate • ice cream • banana cake (mom's specialty)/cakes/cupcakes in general • gingerbread • carmel apples • gum • baklava • cookies • marshmellows • Fannie Mae candy • chocolate covered strawberries • liquor / sweet drinks like margaritas • popsicles • fudge • the cinnamon sugar butter at Blue Grass restaurant • cotton candy • pumpkin pie • donuts • cobblers • pies
My creative director went cold turkey on processed sugars after the new year and he says he has never felt better, but that the first two weeks are the hardest and once you get past that, your craving for sugar goes away and fruit tastes sweeter and he says he feels better.
It's an interesting experiment. I do not think that it is something I would/could do permanently. I blame my craving for dessert on college dorm food. What a cop out right? Before I went away to college we rarely had dessert at home unless there was a special occasion. In college i became accostomed to it always being available. Now, even after a delicious, healthy and filling meal, I still go searching. This is something I want to do for myself. Help strengthen my self-discipline and make me healthier. I still can't believe my mom said she wanted to join me in this adventure. Wish us luck!