There is no secret that November 1st of every year is National Parent Candy Eating Day (yeah, I made it up, and it is a thing, lol!). However, when this oh-so-special day turns into NPCE week, there's a problem. You tell yourself, 'but they're mini and only a fraction of calories from the real thing'. Or, '...it's only once a year'. And the other many, MANY, excuses we comfort ourselves with in order to justify the sweet creamy chocolate we allow to touch our lips, over, and over again!
So this is how I know sugar is the devil. See, I've been pretty consistent to limiting my 'sweets' intake to only a few times a month- and they most, if not all, of the times were dark chocolate (me making it beneficial, ha!) Limiting caffeine, gallon-a-day water intake, no meat, you know, just working really hard to be great.
Enter: the week after Halloween.
With my lifestyle of eating and exercising, I have miraculously demolished the 2pm work day slump. So walking into the break room to fill up my water mega mug around noon, what do I see?!? A bounty of the 'good' chocolate Halloween candy sitting pretty, right there on the table. WTH?!?!? And whyyyyyyy is the flesh so weak?!?! Somehow, completely unbeknownst to me, a handful of these chocolate 'devils' jump into my hand and walk me back to my desk- the nerve! After about only 15 minutes of being back at my desk I start to hear something. Low and behold, the Halloween candy begins whispering my name, louder, Louder, and LOUDER!! So me, trying to not to call any additional attention to myself, immediately put the candy in my mouth to keep down the noise, LMAO!! When I tell you, these little portions of delight blessed my soul something beautiful!!
I begin to feel my eyes get heavier and heavier. The usual podcast I listen to while working seems to now be singing a lullaby. All of a sudden I'm hearing this 'pinging' noise that startles me into snapping my head back to the upright position from being tilted all the way back, with yes, my mouth wide open in mid-slumber! It just so happens that my fingers properly in the home-row position, have acquired a bit of additional pressure from me FALLING ASLEEP!!! This NEVER happens! I am usually always alert at work, especially with my mid-day workout. As I begin to assess what could have possibly altered my sleep the night before, it hits me. The Halloween candy. That one piece of candy turned into me consuming 3 pieces within a 10 minute period. People, the sugar-rush struggle IS REAL!!!
Thankfully I had a 16 oz. mason jar of my usual morning green juice (spinach, cucumber, green apple, banana, ginger) I hadn't drank yet waiting in the fridge. I kid you not, I drank the entire jar and within 30 minutes you would have thought I had a shot straight to the vein of concentrated caffeine! It was unreal!! I didn't have that 'jittery' effect associated with a cup of strong coffee. It was like I was on a natural high! Even hours later after getting home and beginning my evening job as 'wife/mommie', I was still good, not winding down until it was my bedtime!
I say all of this to relay, beware of the sugar monster, it is a thing...a very, very baaaaaaad thing. It is indeed satan. Here's your proof from me, tried and true!
But as always, don't take my word for it! I gave you the ingredients of my SUPER green juice above, you try it and let me know how you felt afterwards in the comments below!!
Make it a Great Tasting (sugar-free) Day!
Is this you? Did you do this too? Are you like me? Having these grand ideas full of optimism for a lush green Spring/Summer garden overflowing with beautiful vegetables and herbs? I mean, I bought seeds and plants. Lined up what grows best together and planted accordingly. Even created a new garden area in my backyard for them to flourish...hmmm, thinking now that may have been the downfall (relocation shock!) But Mother Nature just wouldn't let me....I mean, you, be great?!?! Black Thumb be damned!!
Well no fear, AC Art of Food is here to share with you the great news of green thumb redemption! Planting is not just for the warmer months of the year. Check out the beautiful veggies listed below that you can grab now and start to planting, along with a few tips to get you started. Hopefully this time we can get it right!
Be sure to let me know in the comment section below if you have a 'green' or 'black' thumb along with whatever tips, ideas, and gardening grandeur you may have!
What to grow in the Fall/Winter:
Winter Gardening Tips:
Remember, SHARING is caring!