Exit Strategy: Holiday Eating

I love sweets, particularly cake, cookies, and especially gummy candies. And they were everywhere this past week, sitting in little candy dishes I had out for a holiday party. They had to be eaten! I couldn’t let them go to waste.

Usually I have one small dessert a day. Anymore makes me jittery, tired and contributes to flares of lupus. For the past seven days my sweet tooth had free reign.

And now it’s time to reign it in, but how?

I prefer the I just met a hungry bear sitting in the middle of the path when I’m deep in the forest hiking all alone method;

Back away slow!

Day 1) Let myself eat whatever I want. Just one more day, right!

Day 2) Phase out any cakes or sweetbreads.

Day 3) No cookies for breakfast!

Day 4) No cookies or candy until after 3PM.

Day 5) No sweets. Got to deal with the psychological withdrawal. (Oh my little gummy bears, I miss you 🙁    …)

Day 6) No sweets. Beat the sweet tooth.

Day 7)  Back in sugar balance, one small dessert after dinner.

This is what works for me. If one round doesn’t quite do it I start again.

Cold turkey works better for some people, or a longer withdrawal time so that their mind doesn’t suck them back in with cravings.

Whatever works for you.

Why wait for New Years.

Beat the sugar monster now.



About Frances Wiedenhoeft

After a lifetime in nursing, anesthesia and the Army I now write, blog, attend school for journalism and massage, and watch my 3 grandchildren. I am a veteran of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan and try to serve other vets such as myself, and to work for peace.
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