Splurge Friday: Sugar and Doughnuts

It’s National Doughnut Day!

Not splurging on those, though.  No way.

But first, as always, the run down:

The Numbers:

  • Fasting blood sugar:  94 mg/dl.  Good considering another late night dinner
  • Weight:  185 lbs.
  • Exercise:  45 minutes, 10 miles.  Hard to get going this morning, but once the rhythm kicked, I was fine.
  • Mood:  8.5.  Friday, my official splurge day.

What I ate:

  • Breakfast:  Banana and a slice of leftover spinach/garlic pizza, a new family favorite. 
  • Lunch:  Turkey sandwich and an orange.
  • Dinner:  Grilled chicken and vegetables (pachuga gringa) at our favorite Tex-Mex restaurant.
  • Snacks:  Carrots.  Yum.

 

Happy National Doughnut Day!

Jelly Doughnut.  Lots of fat and sugar.To celebrate National Doughnut Day today both Dunkin’ Donuts and and Krispy Kreme were giving away free doughnuts.

In years past, I would have figured out a way to work out a visit in the morning to a store to get my free doughnut.

Now, after hearing the news that today is National Doughnut Day, I just think to myself, “that’s nice” and go about my business.   I am not participating.

Humorless me, eh?

For me they once hit a several dietary hot buttons.  Fried, made with lard and sugar.  Sweet, hot and gooey.   Nothing better and hard to resist.

That’s why I had the trouble I did.  I couldn’t, or to be more accurate, didn’t want to resist.  I had a heck of a sweet tooth and I indulged the craving with gusto.

Jack LaLanne famously once said sugar is poison.  He swore off sugar in his early teens and spent 80 years avoiding the stuff.  Cold turkey so to speak.

Jack implied he had a sugar addiction and dealt with it by refusing to eat it.

At a party for his 90th birthday he skipped the birthday cake.  Made with sugar, can’t eat it.

Is Sugar addictive?  

Some say yes and I think that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but eating sweet stuff is an easy habit to acquire and a hard a habit to break.  There is no evidence that sugar is addictive.

Sweet is a basic flavor our tongues crave.  That’s why sugar or some sort of sweetener is added to so many processed foods.  It enhances the flavor experience, as a food scientist might say.

That’s the reason I try to avoid processed food now as well as sugary sweet stuff in general.  Truth is, I don’t miss it all now.

Truth is, too,  sugar will not cause type 2 diabetes, but it will cause obesity and that will cause type 2 diabetes.  So, I just skip it, mostly.

My one lone indulgence remains my Friday margarita at our favorite Tex-Mex restaurant on Splurge Friday.  But I usually get the grilled chicken and vegetables, which is closer to real Mexican food than what is usually served at a Texas Tex-Mex place.

Yes, every now and then, I do fall off the wagon and indulge.  I always seem to get a sugar buzz from it and it’s not pleasant

Mostly, I skip the sweet stuff.  Heck, I don’t even have birthday cake on my birthday anymore.  Me and Jack.  I just wish I had his arms.

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Splurge Friday: Sugar and Doughnuts was last modified: June 12th, 2013 by Dave LeBlanc
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3 Comments

  1. Dave – thanks for the inspiration. That was my last splurge for a while. We have started our biggest losers project at the office and I plan to win the pool of money we chip in.

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