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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.
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    I've discovered the same thing with me only with ice cream. 1st half-gallon divided up into one cup servings that lasted a few days. Bought the next one and didn't bother with a bowl but still made it last a couple of days eventually throwing it out. Bought another the next day and ate it in a day and a half, bought two the next day ate half then put on the breaks and tossed most of it in the trash. Just like an alcoholic!
    3167 days ago
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    No sense in beating yourself up but do better from now on. They were just so convenient, I understand!

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    3174 days ago
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