7:00 AM Eat a cookie (or whatever baked goodie there may be on hand) while preparing a healthy and delicious breakfast for the family.
8:00 AM Breakfast.
9:30-ish - time for a snack. How about a piece of candy?
10:30 - another cookie or perhaps a piece of chocolate.
12:00 Lunch (maybe ... peanut butter and HONEY?) and a treat for sure!
2:00 PM - candy again??!
3:30 - 5:00 PM there must be something sweet around here.
5:00 PM snack on ....candy? Again?! (I am honestly shaking my head right this minute. Seriously! what was I thinking?) while preparing (an honestly healthy) dinner.
6:00 PM Dinner and dessert (of course!)
8:30 PM bedtime snack - you guessed it - something sweet.
You have no idea how lowering it is to recall and write that. I can barely bring myself to look at it. Really - I have to squint before I can. lol. In my (very feeble) defence there just never seemed to be a compelling reason to abstain from all the sugar. Weight has never been an issue (fortunately slim by nature), I did eat fruits, veggies, and all the other good stuff, and I really enjoyed it - so why not? Well, I had a very loud wake-up call and now I know why not. But that is not what this is about.
It is about this!
As embarrassing as my old (and ridiculously sadly missed) eating habits are .... today I am validated! According to a recent study in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology people who chose dessert (as opposed to a savoury snack or nothing at all) proved to be more likely to help a person in need. The study also showed that the sweet-tooth-types are generally perceived as being kinder than our (perhaps wiser) peers.
I no longer graze my way through the day on sugar but I hope, with all the hope I can generate, that I am part of that demographic. I want to be the person that sees the need and responds to it. I want to be kind today and kinder tomorrow. Honestly sweet through and through. Totally validated and not a bit embarrassed about it.