I’ve been trying to eat better this summer. As a matter of fact, I’m always trying to eat better. I think I do fairly well, but I have one really big vice: SUGAR. There is nothing more glorious in the world of food than brownies or chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven.
I have a terrible sweet tooth, and it’s at it’s most extreme when I get into high mileage running while training for a marathon. I especially crave sugary desserts the closer I get to my 20 milers.
Oh, who am I kidding? I crave sugary desserts when I’m running 3 milers, too.
I’ve always had a sweet tooth. When I was a kid I used to save our coke bottles (in those days they were glass and you could return them for a deposit), strap on my roller skates, and take them to the 7-11 a half mile or so from our house. I would spend ever single cent that I got back from the deposit on candy, returning home with a bag full of Tootsie Rolls, Sugar Daddys, Jawbreakers, and anything else that caught my eye.
I came across this video of Jack LaLanne, the Godfather of Fitness, on The Primal Blueprint, a website dedicated to eating more like our ancient ancestors. I used to watch LaLanne every morning during summer vacations when I was a kid. His fitness show was broadcast from 1951 to 1985, and and was the longest running television exercise program. He passed away this January at the age of 96.
I think I can cut back on just about everything on his list, except that #11, soda pop, will be the hardest. I only drink one, ONE!, Dr Pepper a day, but I really look forward to that can of liquid candy at lunchtime. It’s been a week since I had my last DP, and just thinking about it makes me want one. I’m thinking of what I can do to reward myself.
Does this mean I have to give up my 90% cocoa supreme dark chocolate, too? This could get ugly . . .
I guess I truly am addicted.