The conversation started over Karen’s purchase of Lilly’s chocolate bars, one of my fav products. We agreed that neither of us likes stevia – which makes it so surprising that we both like Lilly’s, which is sweetened with stevia. I say it’s the dextrin, a good ingredient that I reckon counteracts the stevia taste.
We talked about our respective struggles to stay off of sugar. Karen is on a roll with being sugar-free. I’ve had two good days, after a disastrous day on Sunday. (I bought three gooey pastries from my store’s wonderful bakery case, intending them to last three days – and devoured all three of them on the way home. Horrifying.)
“It’s not just being sugar-free”, she said. “I want to be free period.” This really spoke to me: “When I’m into sugar, an addict inside of me takes over. I am driven by the addiction and live from one sugar fix to the next. It’s a lot like when I was a smoker. Maybe the worst part of it was the craving, the living from one fix to the next, the lack of freedom.”
“I want to be a bigger person”, she said. “Right up there with staying off of sugar is to get enough water in my daily diet. They say we should consume a gallon of water a day. That’s actually pretty hard. I thought I drank a lot of water, but when I measured it I came up way short. Nowadays I start my day with two quarts of water – and still it’s a push to reach the gallon. When we are dehydrated, we get tense and tight. How many of us experience a lot of that in our days? What if we knew that it was caused by lack of water?”
Karen inspired me. I want freedom. I want to be free of my sugar addiction. At work, I will sip on my morning 16-oz. mug of coffee for two hours – two hours without water. I want to be open to changing some of my most beloved habits in the name of freedom.