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A Sugary Rollercoaster of Crazy
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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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By Valerie Brandt
April 22, 2013 9:57 a.m.



I have always loved sugar.  Always.  For Christmas, my inlaws used to buy me the family sized bags of Skittles, Starbursts or Jolly Ranchers.  And I would eat it in on sitting, maybe two, depending on how many cookies I had scarfed down.  

My regular diet consisted of a daily doses of taost with jam, a cup of juice and/or chocolate milk and some fruit, coffee with flavored creamer, soda, cookies, cakes, popsicles.  The list could continue on.  I won't bore you with the details.  What I will tell you about is that my body was screaming at me to stop the madness!

My emotions were OUT OF CONTROL.  I was on a sugary rollercoaster of crazy and it was only getting worse.

 I decided to have a consultation with a nutritionist.  When we sat down and talked about how much sugar I was inundating my body with, she encouraged me to end the battle with sugar and give up all processed white sugar - cold turkey!  Then she encouraged me to not eat natural sugars unless I was also eating protien.

I had my doubts on the way home.  In fact, in her office I felt like I had gone to see a hippy witchdoctor, and I mentioned that and she laughed and told me to keep in touch with her so she can monitor how I am feeling.  I drove home, finishing a Pepsi wondering what life was going to be like without sugar.  I ate ice cream with Easter candy after supper, and I loathed myself.

It has been one month today and I have never felt so mentally strong.  Surprisingly, my body only craved soda that first day, candy cravings continued on for another week or so.  I have found myself in a frame of mind that makes me feel strong, confident and healthy.

The fog that covered my thoughts and mind has lifted.  I am still opinionated, but my self control is amazing.  My tastebuds are reborn!  Things that used to be tasteless or gross now have amazing flavors!  I have entered into a new realm of eating and it is wonderful!  

I go back to see the nutritionist in a month to where we will discuss the outcome during this time of "sugar fasting" but I am happy to say that it will be a lifestyle change for me.

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