Well friends – and you’re free to interpret as you will – yours truly takes her coffee with sugar. All. The. Time. It would be tough to give up that shot of sugar, and may the good Lord above help you if you take away my morning coffee altogether.
But could I do it? Give up the sugar, I mean. Not the coffee; let’s not get all crazy here.
Tonight, my eight-year-old daughter got me thinking about it. Elissa came home from her Brownie meeting and asked for one of my homemade chocolate-chip cookies. She sat down at the kitchen table and took one bite; then she abruptly pushed the plate away from her. “I forgot – I’m doing a sugar-free challenge. I can’t have anything with sugar in it for a week.”
So just like that, she flipped the switch. No sugar. She had a mango and some raw almonds for her bedtime snack instead. I have to say – the kid has got some impressive initiative. Mind you, we’ll see what happens in a few days when she’s craving a lollipop. But right off the hop – she’s all about willpower.
As she and I had our customary snuggle and conversation before bedtime, she brought it up again. Then suddenly – on a bit of a whim – I said, “You know what? Maybe I’ll join you for the sugar-free challenge.”
Have you ever said something – knowing it was the right and noble thing to say – yet inside, some small part of you was screaming, “Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!! You idiot! What are you doing??!?” Yep – that was me tonight.
So here I am – on the eve of embarking on a week-long, sugar-free challenge. It’s actually something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Over the last few years. I’ve done a smattering of research and reading on the effects of sugar, so I’m well aware that it’s not good for you. In fact, it’s pretty much downright evil; it really doesn’t have a single redeeming quality. No news flash there.
But I’ve always been reluctant to act on it. Granted, I’ve cut back. I don’t drink much pop – I maybe have it two or three times a month (compared with at least one soft drink daily – which I was drinking back when I worked in an office cubicle). I’m also not a huge dessert person by nature; I’m the girl who would much rather have a second helping of the main course – the meaty, saucy, substantial food – than save room for the sugary end. I can take it or leave it.
This, however, feels drastic. It will make me more aware of how much sugar I do consume – and I’m sure it will stretch me out of my comfort zone at times.
So over the next week, I’m going to blog about my sugar-free experience. I’m curious – how will it make me feel? Will it be hard to find sugar-free snacks? I will also do a bit more research on the short and long-term impact of sugar, in an effort to further educate myself on what I believe to be an important health matter.
If you have thoughts, knowledge or suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them. God knows I’m going to need all the help I can get – especially when I go to fix my first coffee tomorrow morning.