Friday, January 6, 2012

Sweet Tooth

If I was going to live like a kid there was one thing I was certain I needed.

More energy!

It takes a lot of energy to be in the dreamy-eyed wonder, giggly, belly-laughing frame of mind. The first culprit on my list was sugar.

During my fouth month of pregnancy with Child #1 my secretary was certain I was having a girl because "a girl steals your beauty." In that same unscientific way, I was certain that sugar was stealing my energy.

If I was going to talk the talk, I needed to walk the walk which would mean giving up my 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 9:00 sugar pick-me-ups. I made the announcement at dinner and it was met with varied reactions.  "Wait a minute!" said my daughter. "You've been getting seconds on dessert? No fair. Totally, no fair."

"You're right," I said. "That's why I'm not going to do it anymore. I'll eat snacks when you guys do."

 My husband had some concerns of his own. "Umm, is this like a diet?"

"No, no," I clarified. "Not a diet. Just about eating healthy foods so that I have more energy." I knew where he was going with the diet thing and just between you and me and the rest of the world that reads this blog, I'm not so fun to be around when I'm hungry.

After dinner we all picked out one piece of chocolate from our leftover stocking candy. Instead of gobbling it down in two bites, I savored it. Child # 1 was savoring her own chocolate, taking teeny, tiny bites to make it last as long as possible.

I suddenly realized why she was eating so slowly. Because that was all the chocolate she was going to get! And it was all the chocolate I was going to get too!!

At 9:00, when I normally have one last little something sweet, I walked into the kitchen. The leftover Christmas cookies came out of the freezer. I got as far as opening the box before I stopped. Then I asked myself, what would I tell the kids if they still wanted a cookie after dessert? I'd tell them to eat some protein. I really, really wanted that cookie but it turns out the prospect of living like a kid was even more tantalizing.

The cookies went back into the freezer and I grabbed a cheese stick.

My husband wandered into the kitchen and said, "I thought you said no snacking."

I threw the wrapper at him. After all, this IS my chance to live like a kid.


Kristen Wixted said...

I am a lot like you as far as the love of sweets and the delightful temperament when I'm hungry.
I try yogurt sometimes too. Activia yogurts are yummy and very, um, well...shhh...I think they have sugar in them. But they are still yogurt.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's all about balance. We don't stock many sweets in the house. That way, we don't eat them.

Beylit said...

My friends have all determined that most people are more unpleasant when they are hungry, and we have named the two most apparent stages.

The first is 'Fat girl needs a sammich' which is mostly a mild cranky state of being. Annoying but not altogether off putting.

The second is 'Bitch needs a cracker' so coined after one of our friends became so unbearably bitchy from hunger that a friend reached in her bag and pulled out some crackers and shoved them into cranky friends hands saying 'bitch eat a cracker'.

By saying these phrases to each other we know we are no longer acting civilized or pleasant and should at this point eat something or shut up to save our friendship.

Also we tend to not keep sweets in the house because I will eat them. If we have ice cream and I want some I make the husband fix it because he hates sweets and gives me a portion he would appreciate, which is about 1/4 the size of what I would make for myself.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Good for you! Cutting down on sweets is something I need to do, too, but it's so hard! I applaud you for sticking to it. :)

LAH said...

I am right there with you! I ceremoniously devoured all sweets in my house before the 31st (healthy choice, I know) and stocked myself with lots of vegetables and lean meat. The next day I showed up at work and no lie-- all my coworkers hit up the post-christmas candy sales and the place is bursting with candy jars.


But seriously, huzzah for healthy lifestyle changes! I track everything I eat, and all my workouts with My Fitness Pal on my iphone... it keeps me motivated because all my friends can get on there and judge me if I eat too many reeses.

Good luck! I think you'll be able to tell a huge difference.

Jenny S. Morris said...

OH I am going through the same thing! We have truffles still in the refrigerator and I really wanted one last night. Ugh, chocolate is my downfall.

I also HAVE to start running again. I might not feel so bad if I ran a little of it off, and I'd have more energy.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, man--sugar can be so addictive, can't it? I can really get in a horrible habit, but I try to limit the sweets to when people are collectively eating sweets. If I let myself do it alone then I overdo it.

Michael Di Gesu said...

I LOVED this Johanna!

I LOVE everything sweet... Chocolate and cookies especially...

For the past year I have changed my eating habits and now I try to reach for the protein too.

Once you break the habit, it gets so much easier. I DID do a diet ... cut out EVERYTHING... sugar, starches, breads, pastas, rice... I mean everything. For six months I only ate fruits, veggies, and grilled meats and fish.

IT worked. I accomplished what I needed to do and I have AMAZING energy. I am up at seven and drop off at two. Five hours of sleep and day and I am still running like a crazy man.

Okay, most people need their eight hours, but I function fine on five or six.

Congrats on putting those cookies back in the freezer. That was a GIANT step forward.

Johanna Garth said...

Kristin, I think yogurt is fine. It's just the real junky junk that I'm trying to get rid of.

Alex, I get the feeling things are more balanced in your household than in mine :)

Beylit, I might have to steal some of those phrases!

Lauren, that is so CRUEL! Good luck with your My Fitness Pal plan.

Jenny, we have truffles in the fridge too! I feel like they are calling to me all day long.

Hart, I'm with ya. I will eat sugar until I make myself sick.

Michael, THANKS for that nice comment. You are such an inspiration. 5 or 6 hours? That would be dreamy! Think of how much writing I could get done!!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We almost never have sweets in the house. Ironically I tend to crave salty snacks instead.

Ten years ago my husband and I changed everything about the way we ate. Almost, because I was already a vegan. But one thing I gave up was chocolate. Took a few months to lose the urge, but now I have no desire for it.

However, we eat A LOT of breads, pastas, rice, and carbs in general. I aim for a balance of 10% protein (because Americans get WAY too much), 20% fat, and 70% carbs. I've been a size two for years now.

The Bookworm said...

It's so true, I think you are what you eat. Eating too much goodies seems like a good idea at the time, but then I'll feel gross later. Especially with sugar and caffeine, I'll crash and burn after the sugar rush wears
It's all in moderation :)

Glynis Peters said...

Our dogs loved January 2nd. Feast time for them. I have to do something about my sweet tooth and eating habits. My house if full of fruit and veg given as gifts by Cypriots, so I decided to have only that available to snack on. Good luck with living as a child!

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Mylie said...

I could relate so much to these funny stories. It can be difficult to discipline myself away from sweets. For my own sake though, I have to try!

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