Months earlier, I'd been scrolling through YouTube and stumbled upon this comedic video about a couple giving up added sugar for a month. They detailed their struggles--limited fast food and pre-packaged food options--and successes--craving sweets less than before. The kids thought it was funny and one of them said, "Can we do this Mami?" I laughed and said "Yes" but I secretly thought, "They have no idea what they'd be in for!"
I kept thinking about the video, especially when I reached for one chocolate...followed by another...and maybe a third. I prided myself on being controlled with bags of chocolate truffles my husband often gave me for my birthday. One bag of chocolates could often last for months, but there were some weeks that I'd eat one (or two) every day and I knew it was a habit I wanted to change.
A few days after the Chocolate Wrapper Incident, as I now call it, I told the Munchkin and her 9-year-old brother Monkey we were going to stop eating any product with added sugar. No bread made with sugar, no jarred tomato sauce (they almost all have sugar!), no sugary treats they'd sometimes get at lunch, and absolutely no candy. My husband, who has a less-than-healthy snacking obsession was not exactly pleased with my announcement (goodbye BBQ chips!), but promised to follow the guidelines at least when he's with the family. Now we had to set a start date, go shopping and kick-off our sugar-free week.