Monday Musings: No-Sweets November

Hi, my name is Melinda, and I love sweets.

To my understanding, this is common among humans. I know I’m not alone; I’ve read a number of health related articles and books that describe just how common it is. Also, I have friends and family, and it only takes a few minutes at a get-together to see just how many people enjoy the sugary stuff. 

The problem is that I love sweets so much that the concept of ‘moderation’ has failed miserably over the years. I’m literally all-or-nothing when it comes to the consumption of anything that can be considered a ‘sweet.’ Cookies, cake, pie, candy, gum, pop (soda to all of you not from Ohio), cupcakes, muffins, ice cream, speciality cafe drinks: I can’t have just one! If I start, my brain tells me to consume as much as I can as fast as I can, and don’t stop until my stomach feels like it’s bursting and I’m crashed out on the couch in a sugar coma.

While this behavior isn’t healthy for anyone, it’s especially not good since I’ve got a baby on the way. As a soon-to-be-mom who has a family history of diabetes, and who can’t do the moderation thing, there’s only one choice if I want to give my child the best head start possible: no sweets. Period.

So I’m starting today, and making an effort to get through November without consuming anything that can be considered a sweet (see the above list for what I classify as a ‘sweet’). I know, I know, Thanksgiving is next week, but I once went two years without sweets, so I think I can make it through at least one holiday. Hopefully. 🙂

I’ll report next Monday about how I’m doing. 

Do you struggle with consuming too many sweets? What do you do to try and control the situation? Any tips for staying away from the sugar?

– Melinda

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