Yes, I have seen all those TED talks about sugar. Yes, I know corn syrup is a cheaper sweetener than sugar, and thus finds its way into seemingly every product known to man, except possibly broccoli.
But it’s doggone hard to give it up. I have a sweet tooth, as opposed to my friends with salty/spicy teeth, so I know these poisons are in much of what I love. But sweeteners are also in all the savory stuff you’d never expect, like spaghetti sauce, ketchup, garlic bread, yogurts, and salad dressing.
I remember enjoying a breakfast with my son, Cassidy, when he was in high school. Well, that enjoyment was short-lived, because, good mother that I am, I mentioned that my granola was a much healthier choice than his Cap’n Crunch Cereal.
I offered proof. I would read the contents of my granola box, and he would read the contents of his blue-hatted friend’s box. We went right down the list—fat, sugars, carbs, protein. And in every single case, his cereal beat mine! I was flabbergasted.
It’s like that incredibly delicious Cracklin’ Oat Bran that Kellogg’s makes, bursting with sweetness, coconut, and cinnamon. And it’s like 200 calories a bowl! Assuming you pour ¾ of a cup into your breakfast bowl. You see “bran” on the label and assume healthy, then you taste it and you might as well be eating a cookie.
So the smart thing to do is to read the labels, not simply glance at a hideous cereal that resembles dog kibble and assume that just because it doesn’t have little heart-shaped pieces it must therefore be healthy.
Or, you can get around this whole problem by using St. Bob’s pronunciation technique. I saw him devouring a bag of sugar-coated almonds recently and he proudly held up the bag with a “Gluten Free” banner across the top. “See? Glutton Free. That means I can have as many as I want.” And there you have it.
Another good way to lose weight is to get so engrossed in a great book that you forget to eat lunch. Might I recommend mine at this link? Although Sisters in the Mix is about a crazy lady with a cooking show, so you might want to read that one while on the treadmill.