Monday, August 23, 2010

I didn't know Skittles weren't chocolate until I got to college. I just figured they were brightly colored M&M's. THAT was a surprise...

My family didn't eat refined sugar when I was growing up. ever. Not even at birthday parties.

Turns out the sugar used in candy bars and marshmallow cereal is bad for you. And since diabetes runs in my family, my parents weren't taking any chances.

(this is my adorable little grandma, who has diabetes)

We practically lived at the health food store, and everyone thought we were crazy.

We were way ahead of our time.

I hated it. I mean, I loved being different, and this definitely made me stand out. But I hated missing out on the candy and chocolate and doughnuts that I saw at my friends houses.

I hated going to an ice cream shop, and being limited to the "sugar-free" options- usually just plain vanilla, or chocolate if we got lucky.

I hated that juicy fruit was never an option.

And I hated going trick-or-treating, and then giving all of my candy away.

So I would sneak it, every change I got.

(Why yes, I did identify with Claudia the most).


At the bank, when I was sure my mom wasn't looking, I'd snag a fistful of DumDum's from the dish.

Was that a tootsie roll on the sidewalk? Score.

And that one time, when the mall Santa was in a real life-size gingerbread house? I took a bite. Out of the wall.

I wish I was kidding.

Late at night, when I was devising my elaborate candy schemes, I would think to myself "Someday, when I'm all grown up, I'm going to try everything."

And I did.

Life in the Pitts


Here are a few things I've learned:

Sugar headaches hurt.

One Oreo is never enough.

They aren't called "fireballs" because of their color...

And if there is a dessert table at the party, you know where to find me.

Yup, I've made up for lost time. But it's not really a good thing.

I have no control when it comes to sweet stuff. I don't know if it's the taste or the guilty thrill that makes it so delicious.

Unfortunately, every time I go sugar-crazy, I gain more weight. I'm starting to think the two are related...


Kurt and I have talked about this a lot. And here is what I've we've decided.

I don't think I'm going to forbid my children to eat sugar (it becomes a million times more tempting when it's off limits), but I am going to monitor it, and make sure we eat it in moderation.

But first, I have to work on that for myself.


How about you guys? Do you have a special diet, or know someone who does? How do you feel about it? I want to hear about your experiences.


elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

This made me smile. We had limited sugar-intake diets at our house growing up. For example, we only had bran flakes and plain generic cheerios for breakfast. When I went to college, I would stand in front of the big wall of cereal options in the caf, and I would seriously eat Lucky Charms for breakfast, Cocoa Puffs for lunch and Cookie Crisp for dinner. Four years of that and I went willingly back to bran flakes, plain generic cheerios and Fiber One thrown in for variety. ;) So that's my advice to you . . . make yourself eat only candy for every meal for the next four years and you'll be cured . . . or very very sick. On second thought, maybe that's not a good idea.

Living the Scream said...

I agree with what you said you were going to do with your children. My kids do eat sugar and sugar cereals but I watch to make sure they don't go overboard and the love steamed veggies so that's always a plus.

viewfromdownhere said...

My parents let me eat sugar as a kid, but I had quite the sweet tooth so I would sneak it when they weren't looking, too. Me, I can't eat dairy without getting sick (unless I take my lactaid!) so I always get jealous of all the cool ice cream flavors they have out there. They have lactose free ice cream but it's only vanilla. And they have yogurt, but it's not the same.

Sorry, I'm going into a whiny rant here...I'll just have a pity party in my bowl of sherbert...

Chantel said...

I'm thinking I'm not going to let them have it until they're 7 or maybe a little older, but then it will be monitored...

ps. I would sneak stuff too ;-)

Amber Dawn said...

I think I had the opposite problem and I think you just inspired my next blog post. My mom was teeny tiny but she literally saved all her calories for red licorice and popcorn. (not kidding) So growing up it wasn't rare for me my mom and my sister to skip supper but be sitting at the tv with our giant bag of gummy bears. Unfortunately that totally caught up to my mom and now she regrets it sooo much. She finally got back to her original weight but she literally can eat No.Sugar.Ever. I am still trying to learn a happy medium for everything but trust me..I still have those nights where I skip lunch and supper and dive right into a Butterfinger Blizzard. Eeeek!

But, as always, your post was so cute and I'm glad you were able to sneak the occassional treats! :)

the thrifty ba said...

we werent in the health food store, but we NEVER had sugar. well, halloween.
and we would pound it down!
but my mom didnt let my dad have sugar either, so he would help.
the candy never lasted.
i let my kids have some sugar. heck-i bribe them with candy if i cant find a babysitter and have to take them to a meeting! but it isnt a staple (that my kids know of-they cant reach the cabinet above the fridge!!!), but a treat when i need to be the cool mom.
which is daily.

Shayna @ Texas Monkey said...

I love your posts, look forward to them daily! We limit the sugar in our house too but we do not forbid it. We let our 2 year old have it at parties, special occassions but not on a regular basis. She didn't get anything sweeter than fruit until her 1st birthday and now she prefers fruit over cookies or sweets so I think we can teach kids to make better choices but not forbidding it, that only makes one want it more. Great now I want cheescake. :)

JoJo said...

Oh gosh you poor deprived child!

No wonder you're so skinny!!

Unknown said...

I usually don't get sugar cravings, which is a good thing since I'm also diabetic. But every once in awhile, I really crave regular soda. And then I drink my body weight in it, because I cannot control myself. lol So I feel ya. If there's a coke fountain next to the dessert table, we'd be glutton bffs for life. ;)

~~Mia~~ said...

omgosh, sometimes i think we are kindred spirits!! we didn't eat sugar either....i grew up thinking that oreo cookies were the devil ~ that is why i now can not buy them...they walk thru that door and jump down my throat ~ allll of them. every time.

ahhh, yes. i let me son eat sugar, but in moderation. like i, yeah. when he's awake i try to do it moderately, that is. *sigh* thanks mom. good thinkin'.

~~Mia~~ said...

me son. apparently i am now a pirate as well.

Kristen said...

I had always wished that my parent's had limited my sugar so I wouldn't be so addicited now...but I guess it doesn't work that way!

"I identify with Claudia the most" - ha ha! LOVE IT!

seven thirty three said...

Love this post. And you are right on track when it comes to your kids. Moderation is key. I have a niece that is forbidden to eat candy and the minute she is away from her parents she HORDES the stuff.

I've raised my kids in moderation. They get to have dessert one night a week and we will surprise them with an ice cream every once in a while, but by no means do they get it every day. But it isn't a thing that is unobtainable so it isn't an obsession!

I'm a total candy lover, so the rules are as much for me as them. ;)

CNM said...

First off, I love you Baby-sitters club reference. I was totally obsessed!
Anyways, I had the same problem. My mom was the sugar police. No desserts, no sweet cereal. Nothing. And if I had a penny for everytime she told me fruit was dessert...
My BFF growing up could eat whatever she wanted, and her sweet tooth wasn't near as bad as mine. Therefore I blame my mother for my lack of self-control. It couldn't possibly be my fault ;-)

Mruna Mistry said...

You're right! When its forbidden its more tempting...I used to eat atleast two chocolate bars everyday when i was younger so my dad didn't let me eat any eventually...kind of banned chocolate in the house...So one day I ate(sneakily) almost 1kg of cooking chocolate that my mum had got for some dish and the next day i almost lost my voice...My throat was so hoarse i could hardly talk...From that day till present whenever i eat chocolate i get a sore throat or something...:X Kinda developed an allergy...

But i still sneak the occassional bite ;p

Kendra Goodrich said...

What a sweet face! I love the lighting, looks great.

The Rantings of a Drama Queen's Mum said...

I have a wicked sweet tooth too. I think I got that from my Dad. I grew up eating ring dings & ding dongs etc.. We try to not give our daughter too many sweet things. It's so hard. Especially when we bring her to a b-day party or playgroup.

DLK said...

Great post! Yup, everything in moderation. I have kids and they enjoy sweets because, well, because I do and that would be mean if I sat there and ate whoopie pies and didn't share the love. But, they've never really gone over board. I once read "Beware the forbidden" and I have lived by that!

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