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Chipmonk Cookies Review

Chipmonk Cookies Review

This article piqued my interest.  https://www.houstonchronicle.com/lifestyle/renew-houston/nutrition/article/This-Houston-man-needed-to-overhaul-his-health-15300060.php I love and miss cookies.  Not as much as I miss donuts.  But dang close.  I’ve tried other brands of sugar free cookies. Here is my mixed review of Light Delight Sugar Free Cookies: Light Delight Sugar Free Cookie Review The reasons these Chipmonk cookies caught my attention is the owner has a similar story to mine: 1). Sugar Was destroying his energy “I grew up really active,” Hernandez said. “I was always outdoors playing…

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Stevia – Good for your liver?

Stevia – Good for your liver?

A New Study today released from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles shows that taking stevia actually improved the markers associated with fatty liver disease and lowered glucose levels. The makers included, among other things, the amount of fat in the liver and fibrosis. These positive effects may have been due to changes in gut bacteria and decreases in cellular stress, according to the study lead Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS. Additional research is necessary, however, which is where the clinical trial comes in….

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Moderately Moderate or Absolutely Abstinent

Moderately Moderate or Absolutely Abstinent

Yeah, we have had this discussion many times before.  But, it’s an ongoing one and we can all learn from it. The question is usually framed this way. Can I eat sugar in moderation, or do I need to completely abstain? I have tried every variant of moderation.  For me, it doesn’t work.  For SugarBroke and our 100 Day Challenge it Doesn’t count.   But, you are grown ass adults.  Decide on your own. Here’s a decent discussion about it on…

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Coronavirus and Me

Coronavirus and Me

It has been a while since I posted.  It’s because I’m a lazy.  Seriously.  There’s no other excuse than that.  I’m a lazy donkey ass. I mean what are my hobbies right now?  Being a lazy ass is #1. I have been sick.  I got Covid 19.  There’s no doubt in my mind.  Remember my last post: https://www.sugarbroke.com/vacation-binge/ Yeah, that’s me in San Diego, at a wedding and at Disneyland.  All three are the worlds’ petri dish for spreading virus. Including…

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Vacation Binge

Vacation Binge

Went on a trip to San Diego for my brother’s wedding. Stopped at Disneyland for a day (that’s about my limit, one day. I enjoyed the matterhorn). Everynight, we went to IHOP where kids eat free.  We ordered these oreo milkshakes.  They were crazy good. I ate every form of sugar for one week.  Really I didn’t resist anything sweet that was placed in front of me. These Macaroon Cupcakes at the wedding Dinner?  Sure, why not….. Am I disappointed…

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Resetting the clock

Resetting the clock

And working on completing the book. Do I feel like a hypocrite writing a book about not eating sugar on the day after I binged hardcore? Yes. “I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else.” ― Albert Camus, The Stranger

Falling off the Wagon and Getting back Up

Falling off the Wagon and Getting back Up

Here is a Reddit post that resonated.  More on my Holiday and post Holiday binge later. Last night I partook of some ice cream and chex muddy buddies along with a bowl of sweetened cereal.   Fell off the wagon (after 2 years) from r/sugarfree Card

Down but not out………

Down but not out………

Ended 2019, in the year of our Lord, with many chocolates, cookies, cakes and all of the extremely negative side effects and consequences.  My body becomes less tolerant to sugar every year. I did have a 125 day sweets free 2019 though and I keep that on the forefront of my mind. I’m working on my 2020 goals and “intentions” (a millennial generation term for goals and I am on the back end of that generation, so I might as…

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Back to Zero – And How to Avoid Sugar on Christmas

Back to Zero – And How to Avoid Sugar on Christmas

My Holidays are choppy right now.  I wake up pretty committed, then it kind of melts away as the day progresses.  I succumb yesterday at the feet of some Christmas chocolates.  Then I paid for my sins. So, I had to reset my counter and starting today at 1 again. These recent posts on Reddit resonated with my experience:   Going great and then BAM I binged from r/sugarfree Card At Coca-Cola, we recognize that too much sugar isn’t good…

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Always Starting Over

Always Starting Over

Not a downer post.  A Happy post.  I went 125 days without sugar.  I feel great about that.  Yes, I’m starting back at zero, but I don’t feel down.  Sincerely.  Not trying to be a motivator, just how I feel. Unfortunatley, over Thanksgiving, I flew to Vegas with my family and partook of the forbidden fruit.  We flew on Frontier Airlines.  Have you ever flown on Frontier?  That’s an experience in itself.  Really cheap though.   Found a cheap ass…

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Clean Halloween – But it wasn’t easy

Clean Halloween – But it wasn’t easy

There are plenty of people “re-calibrating” after Halloween weekend. No need to be discouraged.  Today is monday and you can start fresh today. If you binged on Halloween, just ask one question to yourself. Was it worth it? Don’t shame or blame or wallow in defeat.  Just ask that question and remember the answer for the next Holiday season. I’m slowly forgetting my answer to that question as I get closer to 100 days. Here’s the reddit thread of people…

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Will I partake of Halloween Candy?

Will I partake of Halloween Candy?

Last year at this time, I was committed to not eating Halloween candy. It didn’t go so well. I’m a sucker for kit kat bars and reeses sticks. This year, I have something more to lose however.  I’m 92 days into my 100 Day challenge. I will drown in sorrow if I fall. I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow. ______ I weighed myself this morning. I’m down to 176lbs.  I haven’t been this low since I was a…

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Today’s Fishing Conversation

Today’s Fishing Conversation

I’m not a fisherman.  I think I’ve caught 5 fish my whole life.  My grandpa used to live on a river so we would go bass fishing now and then. Last night I got a call from a friend.  They had joined a competitive fishing event and needed a 6th guy.  I told him that I don’t know a rod from a reel, but I’d be happy to experience it with them. I woke up this morning at 4:00 am. …

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Cruise Control, with speed bumps

Cruise Control, with speed bumps

As the 100 Days off of sugar is getting very close, my mind has basically given up on tricking me into eating sweets.  I’m committed to 100 days and there’s no amount of donuts or talk of moderation or chocolate cake that is going to persuade me into caving. Take last Sunday for example. It was my sister’s birthday.  So we celebrated it with a chocolate cake. On my list of sweet cravings, chocolate cake is #2.  Here is my…

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Over 50 Days Sugar Free – Down 55 lbs

Over 50 Days Sugar Free – Down 55 lbs

I went to bed last night at 11:30pm.  I woke up this A.M. at 5:30 and jumped out of bed. I don’t want to sound like Mr. motivator or whatever.  I’m actually not happy about this. I told my wife that I’d prefer to sleep in, because I get bored in the morning. My body and mind just aren’t tired anymore.  I used to be the sleepiest guy in the world.  Now, I am wide eyed at 5:30am trying to…

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Day 43 of No Sugar – So Much Easier Now

Day 43 of No Sugar – So Much Easier Now

I’ve never been past 50 days of no sugar.  Right now I’m trending in the right direction and I’m feeling great. I don’t have the intense cravings, I don’t even think about sweets anymore.  My mind knows I’m not going to do it and it has largely left me alone.  It is usually at about this length of abstinence that my mind starts tricking me into the “moderation trap”. The Moderation Trap Life is great for people that can eat…

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August was Sugar Free – I can now stare a doughnut in the face

August was Sugar Free – I can now stare a doughnut in the face

I made it through August Sugar Free (According to these Sugar Broke guidelines). I’m going to get to 100 Days.  I’ve tried many times and failed.  This time it feels a little different. For example: Over the weekend my 6 year old boy asked me if I’d take him and a friend to Krispy Kreme. Usually Krispy Kreme is very triggering for me.  I crave doughnuts.  I love them.  They love me.  We just don’t do well together.  The sights,…

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A beach in the 70’s

A beach in the 70’s

On Reddit, a user posted a photo of what a beach looked like in the 70’s. I’m not about to fat shame anyone.  I care very little with body shape, size or figure.  We all are unique. I do care about activity level, discipline and the over saturation of sugar in our food culture. The Sugar industry is to blame.  We are to blame.  Quit buying sweets, and the convenience stores will take notice.   A beach in 70s. Not…

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14 Days of No Sugar – 10% Happier

14 Days of No Sugar – 10% Happier

Yesterday was my 2nd full week off of sugar (according to these Sugar Broke Rules) Unfortunately, we had a pool party with friends and relatives that I hadn’t seen in a long time.  Pool parties always turn into sugar festivals with everyone bringing their best dish to one up the next person’s.  There’s also a lot of pressure to eat a lot of sugar.  With my new philosophy of keeping my sugar diet to myself, it is difficult to join…

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Washington Post on Sugar Detox

Washington Post on Sugar Detox

Ran into this article this morning in my news feed: Does a sugar detox work? I’m on it and have had some surprising results. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/does-a-sugar-detox-work-im-on-it-and-have-had-some-surprising-results/2019/08/02/561245b4-a724-11e9-9214-246e594de5d5_story.html?noredirect=on “For the first several days, frankly, my detoxing was hell. Making certain foods forbidden made me want them more. Ice cream. Pasta. Chocolate. Even wine, which contains a fair amount of sugar. My cravings were intense and seemed never-ending, and if I cheated I felt like a loser. I was irritable and moody — and,…

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Sugar Free Weekend

Sugar Free Weekend

Stopping and Starting a Consistent Theme My all time no sweets record is 50 days.  That was a nice time of life.  I remember not even being tempted by sugar anymore.  I didn’t want it, I didn’t care for it and it was a pleasure to leave it alone. Something creeps in my mind, a weakness, a discouragement, an abandonment, and I think “I’ll just go to DQ tonight for a blizzard and that will be just fine.” I read…

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Yesterday’s Temptation – Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday’s Temptation – Chocolate Chip Cookies

My wife and I came home yesterday from going on a date, and she told me that someone is ‘delivering’ chocolate chip cookies to her.  She wanted me to be prepared for it. I asked, “They are delivering chocolate chip cookies to you?”.  “Who the hell delivers cookies?” Well, apparently, there are new cookie businesses opening up from all over the Western Hemisphere that deliver boxes of Cookies.  GIANT COOKIES. So when we got home, we took a peek: This…

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These Deer turds ruined my Sugar Broke Streak

These Deer turds ruined my Sugar Broke Streak

I was up to 10 days again. My goal is 100.  I’m going to get there. There are setbacks, learning opportunities.  Speed bumps on the road to complete sugar sobriety. But, yesterday I ate sugar.  And, I woke up with a sugar hangover. This is what I ate: Coconut Almonds.  Yes, they taste good.  But, I could feel the texture of the sugar granules.  The chocolate is hardly “dark”.  It has plenty of sugar per serving (20 grams). It’s garbage…

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Conversation on quitting sugar Cold Turkey vs Tapering Off

Conversation on quitting sugar Cold Turkey vs Tapering Off

A nice thoughtful commentary from Reddit on quitting sugar cold turkey versus tapering off. As you know, I am firmly planted in the cold turkey, complete abstinence camp. However, I am open minded enough to understand that the method of Sugar Broke is not for everyone. Consider this example: Don’t try to quit cold turkey. This may work for some people, but not for most imo. Your brain is absolutely and completely addicted to dopamine you’re used to getting from sugar. If you…

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Quit Sugar and Sleep Better

Quit Sugar and Sleep Better

There is more than just anecdotal evidence that quitting sugar helps you sleep better. It will take a few days for most people as your body readjusts.  But, you’ll see a difference, guaranteed. I’m encouraged by these types of posts where people are able to get off of sugar, and see results.   Quitting sugar -> better sleep? from r/sugarfree Card Go here for the whole conversation: https://www.reddit.com/r/sugarfree/comments/cd80mc/quitting_sugar_better_sleep/

With Me and Sugar, it is all or nothing

With Me and Sugar, it is all or nothing

My thoughtful and educated and smart wife texted me an article today about sugar.  She is in the “sugar in moderation” camp.  Though, I think she is curious about potential health benefits from just cutting out sweets entirely.  I’m not pushing her one way or another.  But, I did want to respond to the article that she sent me. This is the title of the Article: How Much Do You Really Need to Worry About Sugar? It is on a…

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Intermittent Fasting as a way to break sugar addiction

Intermittent Fasting as a way to break sugar addiction

I am an intermittent faster.  If I eat, I eat too much.  I’m a binge eater.  So I go long periods of time without food.  My body prefers this way.  It feels good to me.  Some people can’t and won’t do this, and I don’t blame them. What does this look like?  I often don’t eat anything until 2:00pm.  Most days I eat at 11:30am (bowl of oatmeal, peanuts, raisins, etc.) and than a big dinner. Today, it is 2:30pm…

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Tired From Sugar – New Book to be Released

Tired From Sugar – New Book to be Released

I’ve been working on a book project for a few months now.  It is in the style of memoir, with some science, research and anecdote mixed in to create a persuasive piece.  I’m not sure how fancy it will be, and even though I plan to pitch it to a few publishers, it might end up being self published. But it is motivational for me and I hope it can be inspiring to someone else on a similar journey. I…

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Broke in Boston

Broke in Boston

So, I was doing pretty well.  I had about 3 weeks under my belt of no sugar and my body had settled in really nicely. However, I knew danger was lurking as I considered my trip to Boston. I haven’t fully committed my mind to the proposition of being sugar abstinent on vacation.  There are a lot of social pressures to break up with my diet while I’m away from home. So I Did. The First Place I Ate Sugar…

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Camping and Sugar

Camping and Sugar

I made the mistake last weekend of going Camping. Well Camping wasn’t the mistake. It was the muddy buddies, smores, Albertson’s cookies and donuts that were the mistake. I’m just now waking up from my sugar coma.  What is today Tuesday?  I’m only two full days off sugar now.  But, proud that I skipped sugar on Sunday, which was Mother’s Day and we had a full spread of sweets laid out. I felt a lot like this person who’s story…

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One Week Sugar Free – “It is the unemotional, reserved, calm detached warrior who wins”

One Week Sugar Free – “It is the unemotional, reserved, calm detached warrior who wins”

Just passed the one week sugar free mark.  It has been fairly easy, I’ve changed my mindset from “sugar is my enemy” to more content, peace and meditation. My thoughts don’t have to be “I need to avoid sugar at all costs and sugar is the devil and everyone that eats it is loony.”  I can be more “sugar is not for me and I will have compassion for anyone that struggles against it.” I try not to pre-occupy my…

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1/5 Kids won’t drink water today – they will drink Sugar

1/5 Kids won’t drink water today – they will drink Sugar

This is a staggering statistic. One in five kids aren’t going to drink water today.  But they will drink sugary drinks. Read the research article here: https://gizmodo.com/one-in-five-u-s-kids-dont-drink-water-but-they-do-drin-1834243916 Remember when you are tempted with a sugary drink: Drink Water Dammit 

Easter Slumber – 22 Day No Sugar Streak Snapped

Easter Slumber – 22 Day No Sugar Streak Snapped

To be honest, just to be 100% honest, I was on a 22 Day no Sugar streak: But, I knew it was going to come to an end. My mentality was off.  I was grinding too hard.  White knuckling most days until my head hit the pillow. I had turned sugar into the enemy and was pre-occupied with defeating it. I was less meditative and more combative. I knew the walls would come tumbling down. Maybe it’s good that they…

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Off of Sugar – “I never get sick anymore”

Off of Sugar – “I never get sick anymore”

As you may know by now, my #1 Weakness is Donuts. I love(d) donuts.  I think I could eat a full dozen by myself, in my prime. We have some landscapers working on our yard this week. My wife asked if I would pick them up some donuts on the way home. I stopped at Krispy Kreme. And I went inside.  That place is delicious. I ordered an Assortment of a Dozen I got a free dozen glazed as well:…

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Utah has a Sugar Addiction Problem

Utah has a Sugar Addiction Problem

I don’t mean to pile onto to the culture that is Utah.  I like Utah (from a distance).  I vacation there.  I went to school there. But it is a strange and ambitious place. If you follow any Utah housewives on Instagram, you will undoubtedly have feeds full of homemade cookies, treats and large kitchens with sugar creations. I find it repulsive.  But not mean spirited. I don’t mind that there are a lot of skinny-fat people in Utah (workout…

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10 Days off sugar….and Counting…..Went to the Dentist

10 Days off sugar….and Counting…..Went to the Dentist

I find that the first 10 days of being off sugar are the hardest.  It gets easier. After 10 days, I find that I get less disciplined. I forget how hard it is to be sugar free.  My mind starts negotiating a cookie here, a blizzard there, a treat before bed. Than I partake, and crash and have to start over. It really is self flagellation. Two nights ago, the eve of my 10th day sugar free anniversary, my wife…

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There is no “Sugar Rush” of energy

There is no “Sugar Rush” of energy

I feel pretty validated this morning, as I read through my news feed. Researchers are telling us to give up on the “sugar rush” theory that we all grew up with. It’s bunk. https://www.studyfinds.org/sugar-doesnt-improve-mood-makes-people-feel-tired/ “The idea that sugar can improve mood has been widely influential in popular culture, so much so that people all over the world consume sugary drinks to become more alert or combat fatigue,” says co-author Dr. Konstantinos Mantantzis, from Humboldt University of Berlin, in a media release. “Our findings very clearly…

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Sugar Addiction is NO Joke – Sugar Free April

Sugar Addiction is NO Joke – Sugar Free April

Not eating sugar is probably the hardest thing I do on most days. Maybe some people don’t crave sugar and sweets? I’m sure that’s true. For me, it’s a daily grind.  Some days are better than others, and usually have a couple of weeks of abstaining, I feel some cruise control. However, just one sweet bite and my mind starts cravings more. I enjoyed this Honest Take from Reddit today   Sugar addiction is no joke! from r/sugarfree Going Sugar…

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New Month, New Resolve – Insulin Resistance explained in Layman’s terms

New Month, New Resolve – Insulin Resistance explained in Layman’s terms

I broke over the weekend. I was weak for some reason.  I had about 23 days under my belt, than I caved in to lousy sugar treats.  You can see that confession here: https://www.sugarbroke.com/confession-time-i-ate-sugar/ Once I ate a little, I craved more.  So, I gave in again. So, here I am on April 1st.  The 1st day of my new sobriety. I’m still aiming for the 100 Day Challenge. Insulin Resistance Our bodies really get out of whack when we…

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Good Old Fashioned Fear Mongering Time – “Heart attacks in Young people more common”

Good Old Fashioned Fear Mongering Time – “Heart attacks in Young people more common”

I have seen the evidence in my own life. Young people have heart problems. My 35 year old friend has a cardiologist.  And he doesn’t have any genetic heart defects.  It’s because of diet and lifestyle. This article about the Former Miss Teen Universe’s fatal heart attack really shook me: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/miss-teen-universes-fatal-heart-attack-left-fans-reeling-doctor-explains-happened-171353803.html “Heart attacks are no longer just an old man, old age disease,” says Patel. “There are almost 360,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest every year [in America] and there…

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Confession Time – I ate Sugar

Confession Time – I ate Sugar

Last week my wife and I decided at the last minute to drive to Salt Lake City (a 12 hour drive) for the Gonzaga games. We had a great time. The best time.  It was refreshing and energizing.  I need to remember to take time off for these diversions.  It charged my internal batteries. We also had some great food. We started at Rich’s Burger in Downtown SLC: (Yeah yeah, I know the sauces have sugar in them, please see…

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CNN: Why I can’t just eat one cookie. The Science.

CNN: Why I can’t just eat one cookie. The Science.

Scrolling through my phone news feed, which is a chore and a boredom.  I get dizzy reading headlines. It’s the same stuff everyday.  All the headlines crafted in a way to catch our attention, which I have very little of. I saw this headline from CNN: “The Bliss Point: Or Why you can’t eat only one cookie” There is a little bit of scientific explanation, not much, but a little.  It starts with our evolutionary process: To our caveman ancestors,…

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DWD: Drink Water Dammit

DWD: Drink Water Dammit

When I first got off of sugar, I relied heavily on diet coke and diet mtn. dew to get through the day. It provided a sweet tooth craving release, at least momentarily. I began to notice a few things though: 1). My sugar cravings increased tremendously; 2).  I was bloated and felt crap 3). It just felt like a work around. 100 Day Challenge Rules As you can see, our rules for sugar abstinence include “No Diet Sodas/Chemical replacements” Some…

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Monday Check in……Day after St. Pat’s

Monday Check in……Day after St. Pat’s

I made it through The Day of St. Pats, with its green jellos, green frosted cookies and cakes, celebrations and temptations. Still Sugar Free. Going on 15 days and counting. Here is someone on reddit that needs some support after caving. My thought. Forget the immediate past. You are sugar free right now. That means something.   Quit sugar for lent. I caved and went all out. Now I feel destroyed. from r/sugarfree

Weekend Sugar Temptations

Weekend Sugar Temptations

I’m still on my feet, but this weekends temptations almost broke me. It’s my son’s 11th birthday and he’s a chocolate guy, like I am. So he started with these donuts in the morning for breakfast: Then for Dessert he had a chocolate cake: So moist and so yummy.  I abstained.  It wasn’t easy.  It would have been much easier to just binge and restart.  But I’m so much better off when I just leave it alone. On Sunday I…

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Day 10 off Sugar – Didn’t sleep a wink

Day 10 off Sugar – Didn’t sleep a wink

Yesterday was my 10th day off of sugar.  Last night I didn’t sleep.  Well, I slept, but not much. Oddly enough, I woke up early and energized. I think my body is still in the process of resetting and my sleep patterns are adjusting. Important that I don’t cave into sugar and restart the whole process from the beginning again. Joining in Lent really has been a motivator for me.  I feel committed and optimistic. Everyone has there reason for…

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