1. Goal: Eliminate white sugar: Without a doubt, I am not up for cold-turkeying this one. Keeping in mind that the only use I have for white sugar is in coffee, I opt for a gentle weaning:
a. Do now: Stop buying white sugar. Not so hard, just don’t walk down the sugar/flour/spice aisle in the grocery store anymore. Which is also not so hard, because I am phobic about grocery shopping and carts and grocery store people, and I am up for just about anything that reduces the time I spend in the grocery store. Unless of course the sugar/flour/spice aisle is also the coffee aisle. Then I’m screwed. Until I remember that there is a Starbucks somewhere else inside the grocery store, and, mercifully, near an exit. Phew, close one.
Aside: Don’t worry about the storehouse of white sugar that I currently have on hand. I will use it up, somehow.
b. Do by Jan 20, 2012: Replace white sugar in coffee with Splenda/Sugar mix. This is the “Coffee B” in my Weekly Food and Activity Journal … I discovered Splenda/Sugar recently, along with Splenda/Brown sugar. It doesn’t have the bitter, chemical-waste taste of other artifical sweeteners and it has the texture of sugar so I can fool myself when I’m shoveling it out of the sugar bowl into the coffee mug.
c. Do by Feb 1, 2012: Replace the Splenda/Sugar mix with pure Splenda. This will be yucky but not as yucky as if I had gone straight from sugar to straight artificial. If I can without too much more psychosis than I already suffer, I will skip this and go straight to d.
d. Do by Feb 15, 2012: Eliminate the Splenda and drink coffee that is not sweetened at all. This will take an Act of God. But since I trust that He is on board with the general ideas that excess refined sugar is bad for me, and that a smaller body is good for me, He will come through.
Next up, 2. Eat breakfast.