If you guys have been around here for awhile, or if you follow me on Instagram (@thelaurelgazette) you know that sugar is a big part of my life. Mostly sour candy, and frosting, but I’ll eat just about anything sweet. My friends call me Buddy the Elf.
I eat candy in quantities you’d have to see to believe. To make matters worse, I drink a diet Coke every morning for breakfast, followed by two or three during the course of the day.
There’s a part of me that believes nothing in life is free and that we will pay for the late nights and the overindulgence and the lack of savings somewhere down the road. I apply that belief, albeit minimally, in certain areas of my life – I exercise (kind of), I use anti-aging night cream, I have a 401k (barely). But I always thought I’d get away with the candy and diet Coke, because I figured if I could keep my blood sugar levels and my weight in check there wouldn’t be anything to “pay” for.
Until today, when my new dentist informed me that the time has come to pay the piper. I have FOUR almost-cavities. I’ve never had a cavity in my life, and now I am in the early stages of having FOUR. (She said they are still in the “demineralization” stage and not yet through the enamel, or something like that; I was too in shock to absorb the scientific mumbo-jumbo.)
So, no more candy, cut back on the simple carbs, floss religiously, rinse with flouride. Oh, and the diet Coke has to go. She really didn’t like diet Coke – told me stories about all the things it’s doing to my internal organs, which was a mistake on her part because once she started on the holistic health rant I wrote her off as a hippie and stopped listening.
But still. To find out that I’m getting four cavities after a lifetime of none is just a little too much for my ego to handle. So I’m going to quit the unhealthy habits cold turkey, starting today. I accept that I’m probably going to have some slip-ups (anyone remember my ill-fated juice cleanse?) and that taming my self-control around sugar is probably going to be the biggest challenge of my life, but I’m going for it.
Have you ever willingly given up something you thought you couldn’t live without, like junk food or meat or caffeine? Any survival tips for me??