My Nemesis Sugar

Saturdays I walk with fellow 90210er producer/director Gavin Polone and talk raising kids, saving Chimps and lately, my diet. I’m a woman of an age where things previously put on my plate (yogurt, cereal, salt-free chips) are having some undesirable effects (food baby belly).

Gavin hasn’t missed a day at the gym in fourteen years, is a vegetarian, and has nary an ounce of fat on him. Both he and my trusted trainer, Lesley Goldberg, who makes me work  out so hard my triceps tremble simply moving the car from neutral to drive, happily offered to help me shed the five (or ten) extra pounds. I texted photos of everything I ate for two days.

Healthy lunch with unsweetened tea at Lemonade

Healthy lunch with unsweetened tea at Lemonade

Goldberg identified my nemesis: sugar. She suggested I cut back on wine. My innocent looking 2-3 glasses a week had to go in order for me to shed pounds? Wah!

Gavin concurred. “Yeah, the wine just turns straight to sugar. Cut back.” Double wah!

Gavin also questioned the cereal I was using to top off my Chobani yogurt. “Ah, it’s healthy,” I waved him off. “I got it from Whole Foods.”

“Just check the sugar. There should be about 3 grams per serving.”

Tastes good. No wonder I never thought to check the sugar.

Tastes good. No wonder I never thought to check the sugar.

Uh, oh. Try 15. Wah! Wah! Wah!

Goldberg advised that if I do eat something with sugar, like my yogurt, that I eat it later in the day so my body didn’t “crave” sugar all day long.

I trudged back to Whole Foods to return the tasty sugar-laden cereal I used to eat and swapped them for low or no sugar brands. Instead of feeling proud, though, I’m worried.

How do you pronounce it?

How do you pronounce it?

One package looks like a mix of sand and birdseed. The other looks and feels like styrofoam peanuts.

Is it edible?

Is it edible?

Perhaps my High School Kid won’t mind being the taste tester. He routinely drinks ‘healthy’ smoothies made of celery, kale and parsley. He says the pineapple chunks in there really make the flavor pop. The other day he offered me a sip. When I lifted the lid the pungent odor, a cross between a fish tank that is overdue on cleaning and a facial pore cleanser almost sent me to the floor.

Come to think of it, if my High School Kid gives the cereal a thumb’s up, does that really mean it’s okay for me to eat?

This morning I opted for a hard-boiled egg and low fat cheese on a flax cracker. I think I’m safe from my nemesis sugar. We’ll see if I’m brave enough tomorrow morning to face Qia.

Breakfast of Mama Champions

Breakfast of Mama Champions

 

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Cynthia Baseman

Cynthia Baseman is the author of 'Love, Mom: A Mother's Journey from Loss to Hope.' She writes about motherhood, the environment and education.

There are 6 comments. Add yours

  1. 19th July 2013 | Cameron says: Reply
    Try kickin' it old school.....Just 1 gram of sugar in Cheerios!
    • 19th July 2013 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      Yeah, but is there flax in Cheerios? Sounds like a good plan, Cam.
  2. 18th July 2013 | Gavin says: Reply
    Still too much sugar in the Qia. We're not made to eat refined sugar, anymore than you are made to exist on a diet of bamboo, like a panda. You are literally poisoning yourself. You may not want to believe it but it is true and the science confirms it. Logic confirms it. Read ths: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?pagewanted=all
    • 18th July 2013 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      The Qia is ZERO grams of sugar but it had no flavor. None. Just a really strange after-taste. Thanks for responding. It's really a challenge to rid sugar when it's seemingly in everything I touch. But I don't give up easy.
  3. 17th July 2013 | Christina Simon says: Reply
    Ugh! I just started a diet of sorts. Less sugar, carbs and food in general. Your pics look good!
  4. 17th July 2013 | Elaine says: Reply
    You are too funny...and I feel your pain!

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