Too Much of a (Good) Thing...
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Last week, we bought a 38 oz. container of roast almonds dusted with cocoa powder and sweetened with Sucralose. Normally we buy raw almonds and make the package last a reasonable amount of time. There was a little discussion before the purchase because I have learned that my addiction to sugar is not much different than an alcoholic's addiction to liquor. I dealt with it by eliminating both refined sugar and artificial sweeteners from my diet. But these were almonds and almonds are good for you, and a 1 ounce serving of these had ten calories less than a one ounce serving of raw almonds, and it only had one gram of sugar.
I had what I learned about my addiction reinforced when we brought those almonds into the house. A six almond 36 calorie morning snack over the course of the day, became over 900 calories in an additional six servings. I generally eat between twelve and fifteen hundred calories worth of food a day so this was a pretty major deviation. I didn't beat myself up too much over it but like the alcoholic, I concealed it. I didn't put the whole sordid amount on my nutrition tracker.
I'm beating myself up today, because I did the same thing again yesterday. This blog entry is my equivalent to an AA meeting and now I am going to redraw that line in the sand between me and the sweeteners.