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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.

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:

  1. But the amount of sugar I eat is okay, right? Because I don’t drink soda?
  2. 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.

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In Which Science Takes Away Everything I Hold Dear

Did you read the article in the New York Times Magazine this week about sugar? The gist of it is that sugar* is toxic and going to kill you. As much as I wanted to dismiss it as the latest yuppie hoo-ha, the argument was pretty compelling.

Any time I read an article like this, I do a mental calculation of the extent to which it applies to me (also known as justification of my current lifestyle). On the plus side: I don’t drink soda or fruit juices, I cook a fair amount which limits processed foods and gives me a pretty good sense of what I’m eating, we don’t tend to keep cookies and candies in the house, so I have to make an effort to go get them when I want them. On the minus side: I often do make the effort to go get ice cream or cookies, I am an ardent supporter of the dessert course, I have honey in my tea every morning, I have a weakness for sugary flavored lattes (thought I don’t drink them even close to every day), and if, God forbid, Dave and I ever break up, I would consider marrying whoever makes the almond croissant at Standard Baking. This mental calculation was not as successful as I hoped it might be.

A better person with more self-restraint might decide to give up all added sugars. I am not that person.

I did decide to try having my tea unsweetened in the mornings. I have done this in the past and know from experience that I can adjust to this, though it takes a few days. Also in the spirit of not-dying, I didn’t sprinkle my yogurt with brown sugar this morning.

The tea was fine, I’ll get used to it (by the way, two ways to avoid having super bitter tea: buy slightly higher quality tea— something closer to a whole leaf tea than a pulverized leaf-powder tea— and don’t over-steep your tea).

The plain yogurt sans brown sugar was great, but was also topped with a really sweet and ripe mango, so I don’t know that this is exactly a prime example of a new more austere lifestyle.

We’ll see how it goes.

* Added sugars, with high fructose corn syrup being included.

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