Do you like sugarless gum?
August 18, 2018

“Do you ever try adding foods back into your diet one at a time,” a friend once asked, “like people do when testing for allergies?”

“Oh, yes,” I told her.

The Willpower WorkaroundI continue to experiment. I recently tried adding sugarless gum to the mix. I remember getting home after a late-night grocery run, unwrapping and chewing every single stick -- in quick succession! -- from a big pack. That’s how much I craved those hits of even fake sugar. This is not how I want to spend my free time. So I thought, “Nope. Not even sugarless gum.”

Maybe you’ve heard the suggestion, offered in twelve-step programs, to admit you’re powerless over alcohol or whatever it is. That was a big turning point for me. I’m no match for sugar, and acknowledging it makes life easier. “Sugar is crack,” I often tease people (except I’m not really teasing). “Just say no.”