About the second week of November I had enough of our leftover Halloween candy. I declared to my husband that it was finally time to kick the candy habit. Of course this excluded chocolate. I rarely get cravings for chocolate anyway. A little chocolate never hurt anybody, right? It was too late to take our leftover candy to a dentist for donation and I didn’t want to just throw it away. I put it in a bag and tucked it away in our pantry until I could figure out what to do with it. A week or two went by and I gave in to temptation. I just had to have some Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids. Not long after I started feeling like complete crap. There’s a reason for that. I just finished consuming complete crap. That was it. It was tough but I threw away what must have been $10 worth of candy. I hate throwing away money so that made me even more sick.
Okay, I’m not THAT bad. In fact, I never could understand the whole let’s put sugar on cereal thing. What I really don’t understand is that it’s perfectly acceptable to eat a pastry for breakfast, but it’s frowned upon to have cake, pie, or ice cream for your first meal of the day. It makes me sad (and kind of sick to my stomach, literally) that everything needs added sugar these days to taste good. By whose standards, I don’t know.
This country is addicted to sugar and I am no exception. I love anything gummy and/or sour. Bears, worms, fruit, coca-cola bottles, etc. I obviously couldn’t have most of these after becoming vegan. It was a happy day when I learned Sour Patch Kids are vegan. Just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s good for you, folks. Giving sugar the boot is one of the hardest things you can make me do. I’m trying to decide if I should cut it out completely or just the candy. No more ice cream, cake, cookies, or pie. Just kill me now. I absolutely love baking so I either need to try baking without sugar or I need to give up one of the few things I’m passionate about. I know I would feel a lot better so why is it so hard?
The thing is I have someone else to think about now. What I eat effects Twila. I got a rude awakening the day after I ate a ton of cupcakes. These were cupcakes I made from scratch so they weren’t full of junk. I wasn’t feeling well afterwards and I am convinced that I made her sick. The next day she threw up all over me and was fussy for most of the day. If “healthy” cupcakes can do that no wonder my stomach has gotten so sensitive when it comes to things that shouldn’t be in our food in the first place.
The other day I read an article on the 100 Days of Real Food website that was baffling, How Food Companies Exploit Americans with Ingredients Banned in Other Countries. I had no idea that the same products are made with different ingredients for other countries. That seems like they are making more work for themselves. Even though they know these ingredients aren’t good for us these companies use them just because we haven’t specifically said not to. That’s just like a bully telling their victim you’re going to eat this and you’re going to like it so deal with it. The shelves of grocery stores here in America are a chemical shit storm. They are going to continue to be until we stop allowing these companies to bully us. The more I learn about our food industry and the crap that they allow the more I want to move to Europe.
Peace out guys. I’m going where you can trust the food you’re eating isn’t slowly poisoning you. Go vegan. Eat whole food. Live a long and happy life.