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I'm not sure if I've talked about this yet, but I've decided to cut out added sugar from my diet. This means staying away from candy, pastries, baked goods, almost anything sweet. If I have a sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied, fruit is what I have to work with.

I decided to do this after watching a YouTube video about what sugar does to your body; it mentions how it messes with your hormones to make you more stressed, retain fat (especially belly fat, which is a problem for me) more easily and really can become an addiction. I recognize that I display addictive behavior when it comes to sugar; I'll plant little stashes wherever I tend to hang out, so that candy is always within easy reach of me when I need a boost. When I get stressed or sad, a cookie or pastry is one of the first things I reach for. Worst of all, I tend to hide just how much sugar I eat from My Husband, The Dragon, because I know he'll disapprove. He knows it's a problem, and he's been trying to get me to change for some time -- I've had fasts before, like the Year Without Candy or my Whole30 experience. But every time I end those fasts, my sugar consumption creeps up again until it becomes a problem. While I'm definitely eating less sugar overall than I used to, it's clear that I can't really modulate my desire for it. If I indulge, it tends to lead to...more indulgence.

As you might expect, cutting out sugar has been a big adjustment. I've gotten headaches and my energy levels are a little wonky -- but that might be due to stress from any number of things, now that I'm thinking about it. But I can tell that my body is craving it because I had my first "candy dream" last night. That's exactly what happened during the Whole 30 and the candy fast before that. It wasn't anything particularly interesting; just me sneaking Tootsie Rolls while hanging out with friends. But it's a good signpost on where I am with the sugar fast. It'll be maybe another week before I'm reasonably "clear" of the dependence, and I think I'll break my fast on Thanksgiving with ONE dessert only.

I didn't manage to work on either of my short stories yesterday; my attention was focused entirely on the two English essays that are due today. I'm pretty happy with my revision of Critique #1, but the new essay will need a bit of polish before I feel it's ready. Depending on how quickly I'm able to wrap that up, there MIGHT be time to work on the werewolf story before my English class this evening. I'll do whatever I can to make that happen.

For now, though, there's a lot of work to get through before I head off for two hours to volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank this afternoon. My employer is wonderful enough to give us 16 hours of volunteer time-off a year, and it organizes a few opportunities around this time to spend them. I'm really glad that they've afforded me an easy chance to help out my community, and I'd be disappointed in myself if I didn't take it. That squeezes me for time pretty much everywhere else, though, so it's time to grind it out as much as I can. 

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