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Monday, March 11, 2013

Managing Temptation

By Suzanne O'Connor

I’m not sure how long this is gonna last, but we are taking the extra sugar out of our diet.

This came about because we saw our teen daughter starting to eat way too many carbs. Too much sugar, too much bread, too much pasta, candy & ice cream. She doesn’t have a weight problem … yet. But we could see that she would later on in life if we left this unchecked.

We eat rather well in our home. Lots of veggies, protein, fruit and lots of water. We don’t keep sodas in the house and we generally self regulate how many sweet treats we eat. But you could always find something sweet in our home… candy bars, cookies, brownies, ice cream. Keeping this stuff around made it harder for all of us to resist.

So, knowing that these tasty treats aren’t good for you, I through them out, including the recently purchased chocolate ice cream as well as the granulated sugar. We are not buying any “white” bread any longer…. Even San Francisco Sour Dough…which I adore! Gone are the potato chips and the candy bars.  It just got to be too much,  tempting us to eat junk.

The process will be slow. We still have a lot of carbohydrate items that need to be eaten or tossed. We will stock more fruit and vegetables for snacking.

This doesn’t mean that we’ll never have ice cream or pie again. But it does mean, they will be extra special, more unusual items in our home.

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