I love good ethnic food, but I am learning to be selective in my choices relating to quantity and quality of what I consume. I also LOVE sugar. But I also am extremely sensitive to eating large amounts of it. Over and over again I will go over my limit and experience the “crash” of sugar-overload. Lately, this usually happens when my boyfriend and I go over to have a great Italian family meal at his parents’ house and I’ll eat a couple of pieces of snickers snack size bars, a fruit cocktail that his father adds sugar to. We’re talking about fresh local North Fork blueberries and strawberries – in season – that his father adds sugar to! Is this mind-boggling? Yes! So after having a couple of snack-size Snickers bars, the sugary fruit cocktail, and let me add some lemonade sweetened with sugar, I also had a piece of cake that sometimes is baked from scratch, or “semi-homemade” by my boyfriend’s father. Now when we get into the car and start the hour ride home I’m done. I start falling asleep from the sugar. As much as I love it, I know it’s an addiction. And this is something most of us laugh about and agree, “Yeah, I’m addicted to sugar.” But, I’m trying to eat it more in moderation. I don’t see giving it up altogether. Although several years ago I went through a phase of not eating chocolate for about a year. Well that didn’t last. I’m pretty selective now and try to only eat dark chocolate because that’s what I enjoy most.
More on the food saga soon.