I’m feeling a LOT better than I was yesterday, and I’d have to think that at least part of that was that I didn’t do my first impulse and sit down and eat a bunch of cookies because I was in pain and seeking comfort by eating something tasty.
Don’t get me wrong — I love sugar! Cookies are my friends! I like making them and I like eating them! And doughnuts, cake, ice cream, etc.
I just don’t eat those sugary things very often anymore. That doesn’t mean I’ve cut them out entirely — but I make sure that I only eat them if they are something really tasty and I’m going to enjoy a lot. And then I go back to my regularly scheduled plan of not eating them.
Calling sugary things “bad” food isn’t exactly how I’d put it, but it does work for a concise and catchy title. It’s more like that sugar is nutritionally inappropriate a lot of the time.
Sugar has a few potentially bad properties that I’d rather avoid as much as I can:
- It can cause inflammation. Since Crohn’s is already an abundance of inflammation, any more isn’t going to be good for me.
- It can feed the intestinal bacteria that I don’t want. Intestines are filled with bacteria, the key is to encourage the kind of bacteria that makes you healthier and discourage the kind of bacteria that makes you sicker.
- It has a lot of Calories and I’m trying to get leaner and more fit.
And so on. You get the point. This isn’t really a rant about sugar for today.
So what helped me avoid a pig-out of eating cookies all day?
I didn’t have any in the house to eat. That’s it.
Short, simple, it works!
If I don’t keep something in the house, then it is much more difficult to eat it.
That’s a lot easier than sheer willpower.