What I love most about running my blog (besides helping others) is that it helps keep me accountable. Although eating this way has become a lifestyle and my passion, it doesn’t mean I don’t ever get tempted by my former pleasures. I’d even go as far as to call them former addictions. People laugh when I tell them “I can’t eat that, I am addicted to sugar”. But sugar addiction is very real. I bet many of you remember the fascinating study they performed on rats? When given the choice between sugar water or cocaine they went for the sugar every time! Even the rats that were formally addicted to cocaine switched over to the sugar water. Research shows sugar can be even more addicting than cocaine for humans as well as rats. When we eat sugar there is an intense release of dopamine (one of our feel good chemicals) and as time goes by we need more and more sugar to get that same level of high. I believe it! I have noticed that when I give into the temptation (as I did yesterday) there is no amount of sugar that seems to satisfy, which inevitably leads to a binge. Maybe like other types of addicts, I too will always be one, which means even indulging once in a while is not an option for me.
Well today is a new day and instead of self loathing I think it’s time for some healing. I will go back on the phase 1 diet for a week and keep my gratitude in the forefront. I’m grateful I have this knowledge that I didn’t have just 7 or 8 years ago. I’m grateful for all the healing that has occurred in my body over the years, and I’m thankful for the 2nd and 3rd, and hundreds of chances that God gives us. Remember, faltering occasionally is not the definition of failure but giving up is!
- 1 package of Against the Grain Rolls (they are yeast/wheat/sugar free)
- 2 pounds of pork roast (shoulder or butt)
- Barbeque Sauce - This bbq sauce recipe is from Doug Kaufmann's book "Eating your way to good health"
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped green bell pepper
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup tomato juice
- 2 teaspoons mustard power
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 2 tablespoons honey or (stevia to taste)
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Instead of chips on the side try Beanitos, they are such a great alternative and the pinto bean flavor is very similar to a corn chip!
- Place pork and ½ cup of water in a crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
- Once the pork is done it will be so tender you can split it with a fork. Remove the pork and place in a large bowl. Add your homemade barbeque sauce and roughly pull the pork apart with a fork. Serve on against the grain buns and top with coleslaw if desired.
Know the Cause has a great post about sugar addictions this week. To view click here