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.
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 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.