Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sugar Free..Not So Easy.

So I started reading "Sugar Blues". This book has been around for a long time, first published in 1976 by author William Dufty. The week I started reading it Adam brought home a bag of cookies, gummy worms and my personal favorite...licorice (2lb. bag variety!!!!) aaaahhhhhhhhh!

Reading the history of sugar side by side with the history of humanities general degenerative health was enlightening. While reading, two desires rised within me. One, it's all got to go, NOW! The other was, um, licorice sounds good right now. Actually as I was reading some of the common signs and side effects of sugar addiction, my cravings for sugar grew insaciousable with each word. Watching these feelings and thoughts pass, it is apparent to me that my will (spirit) and my mind or (ego) are at constant odds with each other. Honestly, every day my mind conjures some sort of justification for a coke, knowing full well what it does to me.

Okay, so does this sound interesting, the battle of the ego verses will power. Well from here on out I am going to be documenting roughly a daily, weekly journal of what measures I am taking to save myself and my family from the sugar blues. I think the initial goal will be to live sugar free for 2 months straight. At the end of 2 months a review and family reward of some sort.

Week 1: All refined sugar was thrown out. Including brown sugar, which is nothing more than refined white sugar with a 10-13% molasses mixture to create the brown sugars color and texture. We went to Sprouts and purchased raw honey, and agave nectar that is extracted from the heart of the blue agave plant. I aslo bought a small tin of stevia disolvable sweetener that I can take with me anywhere to avoid the white crystals of doom at school or eating out. My biggest challenge is my drive thru soda. Yes, I even have one in front of me now. So tonight we are having a family meeting to lay out the new rules.

a.) no sugar cereals, snacks, treats or drinks in the house.

b.) make good choices when at school or friends houses. make sure to let others know that it's against family rules and ask for an apple or water to drink. If there are no good alternatives, learn to just say no thank you.

c.) everyone is responsible for reading labels, does it say "all natural" or does it say "organic/sugar free/no sugar added", KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!

d.) everyone needs help, so when one of us has a craving or is tempted lets talk about it and find a good alternative.

e.) grandpas, grandmas, aunties and uncles are all expected to encourage, support and respect rules set for the health and well being of our children and family. please be courteous and do not eat the forbidden fruit in front of the kids.

These are all things that will be discussed as a family. Feel free to share any other ideas of accomplishing this goal, we can use all the ideas we can get.

Monkey See Monkey....Whaaaat?

These are from our night out celebrating Moquis b-day in December. Adam and Moqui were in there own little silly world, no inhibitions, just being genuine goof balls! I've been wanting to share them for a while now.

Yuck! It's gross but I can't help but laugh when I look at Adam in this picture.


Emily tagged me and it has been months since I have blogged about anything. So there ya' have it.

Two names you go by other than your given name:
1. Micila

2. Momma

Two things you are wearing right now:
1. Adam's pajama pants
2. glasses

Two of your favorite things to do:
1. camping
2. reading

Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1. romantic getaway
2. a spa day

Two favorite pets you have had/have
1. Lady (female lab)
2. Morrison (big fluffy cat)

Two things you did last night:
1. watch "Life Aquatic"
2. personal Tarot reading and prayer

Two things you ate today
1. whole wheat hot cereal with honey
2. Ceaser salad

Two people you've talked to today

1. Moqui
2. my cousin

Two things you're doing tomorrow:
1. hair cut (i hope)
2. clean

Two longest Car Rides you've been on:
1. Arizona to South Carolina (bus ride 2days grayhound style, not recomended)
2. Salt Lake City to Rocky Point Mexico

Two Favorite holidays:
1. Christmas
2. 4th of July
I like all holidays.

Two favorite beverages:
1. Yerba Mate
2. Coke