Wednesday, January 07, 2015

I May Not Be Starting Off On the Right Foot

I sat down today with a piece of chocolate cake and this book: 

Year of No Sugar: A Memoir by Eve O. Schaub

I'll keep you posted. 


Tabatha said...

I'm sure you need the cake to fortify you. The cover makes me concerned -- does bacon count as sugar?

Faith said...

They put sugar in bacon. Sugar is in EVERYTHING anymore. I am trying to cut out sugar too, Karen. I can't have any baked goods in the house. I am trying to limit myself to fruit, honey and maple syrup. Also, refined white flour processes in your body just like sugar apparently. I am doing this because my brother in law just died from complications of Type II diabetes. And I have three family members with Type II now (my aunt who passed away, and two sisters now). Sugar is evil!!!!

Karen Edmisten said...

Tabatha, she's talking about the added sugar. I'm not far into the book, but she's touched on the way high fructose corn syrup is added to so many things that we don't even think of as sugary. That's not new news, of course, but it was her starting point. She goes on to say, though, that HFCS is no worse for you than other, natural forms of sugar, but that it is "equally bad."

So she is coming from your viewpoint, Faith, of sugar as evil. :) The book grew out of her blog -- she chronicled her family's year of going sugar-free, and eventually turned the blog posts into this book.

My mindful eating choices come in baby steps and I'm nearly always an "all things in moderation" person ... and I can't see convincing my daughters to give up sugar, but I'm interested. I know how bad I feel when I overindulge in sugar, and how tired it makes me, ugh. I've actually cut out a lot over the last year or so, but holidays are still full of sugary temptations! :)

Jennifer said...

That sounds exactly right to me.

tanita✿davis said...

"I May Not Be Starting Off On The Right Foot" is my first tea-snort-choke laugh title of the year. Thank you for that.

I've been working on giving up sugar now for - wow, in March it'll be two years. I imagine that we must now feel like the Quakers felt; knowing sugar was linked to the slave trade which they morally and vehemently opposed, but ... SUGAR in TEA. And CAKE and oyyyyy. Well, between honey and agave and everything else, we have so many more choices than they - but find ourselves in somewhat of the same place, without the moral component (or at least not as much of one?).
I'll be interested in your journey/conclusions with this book.

Karen Edmisten said...

Jennifer, I'm glad I'm in good company. :)

Tanita, you are most welcome for the tea-snort-choke laugh. :)

And yes, so many choices, and considerations, and too much knowledge (it feels like that, anyway, though one can never really have too much knowledge.) Sometimes I'd rather be ignorant, but not really.... :)