Based on a feature in this month’s Martha Stewart Living* and an endorsement from my friendly local cheesemonger, I bought myself fancy goat milk caramels today from Big Picture Farm in Vermont. They’re “birthday caramels” except that I bought a very large number that will hopefully last beyond my actual birthday.
Coincidentally, about five minutes after clicking the big “buy now” button, I came across this article about how sugar is toxic. We sort of knew that already, right? But this is the final nail in the coffin.
And of course, I read the article and immediately thought:
- But the amount of sugar I eat is okay, right? Because I don’t drink soda?
- Oh crap, I’m going to have to stop eating so much sugar.
I love sugar. I seriously do. And I have been eating a very large amount of sugar lately, what with the lack of sleep and being home all day and the insane ravenous hunger that comes with breastfeeding.**
It’s not like I don’t consume other things that are toxic. I eat bacon, and sausages, and drink alcohol. I am not above a bag of sour cream and onion potato chips. So I’m not about to go on some Paleo bender and cut sugar from my diet entirely. But in absence of real data on how much sugar a person can eat safely, I probably need to cut back.
After I eat my birthday caramels.
* Which I love. I understand that some loath Martha Stewart, but I just adore her in all her whacked-out domesticity-on-steroids glory. It’s also worth understanding that Martha Stewart Living is the home equivalent of the “no-makeup look” that involves eight different skin lotions, potions, and powders, plus two eyeshadows, a lipstick, and a three-part eyelash procedure. It is an elaborate charade. I just happen to enjoy reading about it, and, on rare occasion, participating.
** There is a very real possibility that I will have lost the pregnancy weight in the first six weeks of my maternity leave, only to gain a big portion of it back in the latter six weeks as a result of poor eating habits. That would be disappointing.