Since sugar also gives you the lift-then-crash effect similar to caffeine, naturally, I have been interested in getting off of sugar as well. One thing I’ve noticed about going off of coffee is how it helps one to cut back on sugar almost automatically. Coffee + donut = deliciousness. Coffee + water = not quite as exciting. For instance, there was a box of donuts and cinnamon rolls from a local bakery in the Hospitality Room. I had half of a cinnamon roll, but without coffee to balance the sweetness, it just wasn’t as enjoyable – I threw out the other half. So it follows that once you give up coffee, you may just begin giving up sweet things as well.
Here is something that has been helping me: I have found that it really helps to get online (nerdy as this sounds) and look up the nutritional info of whatever treat is sounding good to you at the moment. Once you realize what’s in it, it doesn’t have as much of an appeal. And I guess I’m not alone in taking notice – I have come across a slideshow that I find helpful and amusing when it comes to resisting caffeine and sugar: http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2010/11/08/40-unhealthiest-coffees.html
(Two of my previous favorites are in there: Panera Bread’s cafe mocha, as well as their pumpkin spice latte! Yikes.)
Last night, the graduate students all gathered at a local coffee shop for coffee drinks and pie, provided by the graduate program. Ryan and I split one piece of pie between the two of us instead of getting individual pieces, and we each had a Swiss-water-decaffeinated iced coffee with cream, no sugar. So we’re definitely not quitting altogether, as you can see. Just trying for moderation.
Here’s something interesting: I found a video online that gives a nice visual presentation of your sugar consumption using sugar cubes, each of which is worth about 4 grams of sugar. So if you are drinking one of the coffee drinks from the slideshow above – let’s say, you are having a large coffee coolata from Dunkin Donuts – you are essentially consuming almost 22 sugar cubes all at once, which is a whole lot more than the daily recommended intake of sugar.