Marry Me, My Sweet Friend
I love sugar so much. I could write poetry about sugar.
Sugar, sugar, my dear friend
I will love you ‘til the end
In candy, cookies, even plain
Be you high fructose corn syrup or simple cane
You have made my life so sweet
I’d rather have you than all the meat
I didn’t say it would be good poetry.
If Oreo Packages Were Like Really, Really Big and Stuff
In case you can’t tell, I am Team Cake (vs Team Steak) any day. Left to my own unfettered devices with no thought of the future or regard for the present, I could live inside a package of Oreos and be Just. Fine. Thank. You.
This isn’t a diet blog. I don’t and won’t talk much about health – at least physical health.
But here’s what I’ve learned over years of dieting and following every way of eating under the sun.
How I eat directly correlates to how together my life is.
When I eat like crap, my house and life are a mess. Picture my husband finding me passed out in bed with my young son, covered in potato chip crumbs. Embarrassing, yes. And more than a little sad.
Conversely, when my house and life are a mess, I tend to eat like crap. I realize this is not a revelation to most.
I also know that my impulsivity and difficulty fathoming long-term consequences lend themselves to a diet lacking in self-control. In other words, ADHD-revelant.
Again – duh.
Eating junk, especially sugar, makes me so, so very tired. And even less concerned than usual about consequences.
My body moves more slowly and with more difficulty. My opportunistic fibromyalgia flares like a blow torch. She is not very nice. A fuzzy blanket snuggles around my brain – a cushioning numbness. I skip chores. Sometimes I couldn’t even do them if I wanted to.
More Like When Dorothy First Found Him – Rusted. Shut.
While it’s true I was overweight, I seriously think the sugar sludge slogging through my veins wreaked more pain and stiffness havoc than the actual poundage. I lost the pain before I lost the weight, so I’m doing the math here.
At my worst, I felt like the Tin Man when he needed a
little lot of oiling.
Does any of this sound familiar?
So about a year or so ago, I started eating sugar in moderation.
I mean, I had totally given up sugar before. All sugar. Even to the point of reading labels on savory foods. Which is a major pain in the butt, by the way. Not exactly summer deck reading.
But I felt amazing.
Well, other than the intense anger and hatred of my life. And the depression.
Kidding – but kind of not.
I have also binged on sugar nonstop.
Also mostly amazing.
During the actual eating, anyway. Afterward, not so much.
I have even binged on sugar in controlled ways (yes, that is possible). That kind of worked for the non-binging times. But the occasional overeating totally confused my body. The after effects of overeating were even worse than during uncontrolled binging periods.
Or Possibly Veruca Salt
The one thing I had never done in my life was eat sugar intentionally in moderation. I was always like, if I can’t have it all, I don’t want any.
Remember, I’m basically a toddler at heart.
While learning to enjoy sugar without banning it or abusing it had the expected effect on my waistline (lost lots of weight – booyah!), what astonished me was the effect it had on my life.
Okay, so I had done super healthy diets before, like the 21-Day Fix, and my energy levels went through the roof. Garbage in / garbage out is real, guys.
But every time I went all in, I spent most of that energy on intense exercise and meal planning.
And on wishing I could eat other stuff.
And also on wishing I did not have to:
- Spend 6 hours a day in the kitchen.
- Run my dishwasher 3 times a day.
- Spend a million dollars a week at the grocery store.
I just couldn’t seem to maintain a no-sugar lifestyle. I’d give up the diet du jour, binge on sugar, and notice immediately the plummet in my energy level. Downright exhaustion, actually.
What Would a Sugar Cube Look Like Wearing Satin Boxing Shorts?
Having a ton of energy rocked, yes, but once I start to slide a bit on that slippery slope, sugar vs energy was a no-brainer. Sugar won every time.
You can only take away my sugar for so long before I get downright nasty. And possibly suicidal.
I exaggerate… slightly.
My point – moderation has changed my entire everything.
For one thing, at my core, I had assumed moderation was not possible. Not who I am. Changing that core belief, alone, has impacted everything for me.
Because if that wasn’t true, then what other core beliefs that I’ve had are also not true?
Maybe I can even be an astronaut? A middle-aged, extremely near-sighted, prone to motion-sickness, uber distracted, avoider of all discomfort, space traveler.
It could happen, right?
Anyway, this is deep stuff I’m probably not ready to discuss yet. I only bring it up to explain why I’m sharing some healthier recipes on a website called My Organized ADHD Life.* Eating a little better affects my thinking and my ability to live the life I want. If you find that’s true for you, as well, these recipes will give you more options.
I’m not preaching. Not converting. Not even suggesting. Just sharing. Take it or leave it. After all, I’ve only done it this way for 2% of my life. Who am I to judge?
If I’m Eating a Salad, I Should Already Be Getting a Medal, Added Sugar Or Not
Even though I am sharing low sugar desserts (the recipes I mean – if you think I’d share an actual dessert, you must be high – try it and see what getting stabbed with a fork feels like), I still eat regular desserts. Like Olive Garden’s black tie mousse cake (OMG how do they do that??). And I don’t count sugar grams in barbecue sauce or salad dressing.
However, when I want to be a functioning member of society, I opt for sweets that keep me awake and alert. And maybe not zipping my jeans with pliers?
So check out the low sugar, mostly easy dessert recipes in the Meal Planning category on my site. I’ve also linked them below for your convenience, and will continue to update this post as I add more.
I apologize that most don’t have photos yet. I could hold these back until I’ve taken great photos, but I’m a total amateur when it comes to photography. So it’s either share them sans photos or never share them at all. I opt for the former.
- Not Snickers Salad**
- Mock Dole Whip (coming soon)
- The Best Two-Ingredient (N)ice Cream (coming soon)
NOTE: Not all of my recipes are low sugar. If you’re only looking for low sugar dishes, double-check the recipe so you don’t accidentally end up with one of those by mistake!
*Be prepared for other odd posts that may seem unrelated to ADHD or organizing. I’m a creative person – I can cram in anything and justify it.
**Originally, this was called Snickers Salad but I looked up Snickers Salad. It has pudding and cut up Snickers bars. This is definitely Not Snickers Salad.