Fueled By Sugar
In real life, I try to keep my diet clean eating as little processed goods as possible. However, I do have a heckuva sweet tooth. In the summer, I tend to overindulge in ice cream, so that basically I am working out just to eat ice cream. My workouts are usually 45 minutes of strength-training, three times a week. This means I hit the gym and lift weights but I eschew cardio specific exercise- just because I hate it. Getting on bike or walking or the only ways I work cardio into my life. (I have been trying to refigure this, but I simply hate cardio exercise.) Well, on this bike tour, I rewarded myself plenty and just ate a lot of calories each day because I knew I was burning them. My bike weighed in at 35.6 lbs and my gear weighed somewhere in the ballpark of 30-50 lbs at different times. Daily sweets helped motivate me when I lacked enthusiasm, but after my return I needed a sugar detox to get myself off the addicting white stuff. This by the way lets me know I am an addict through and through- I could be addicted to anything that makes me feel good, including sugar. I have a real problem with portion control when it comes to sweetened foods.
My sugar addiction is also a constant sparring partner. I recently read the Sherzai's, " The Alzheimers Solution" and found sufficient reason to get serious about countering this, for me, addictive substance. Sugar really sets the stage for dementia, and, of course depression. I have cycled long distances and the activity definitely stems my desire for sugar as long as I am getting enough food of other kinds. "How Not To Die" by Michael Greger is another valuable standby resource for my guidance. I hope you find all the help and peace you need. I am hoping to pull a trailer on my next tricycling trip-- lots of calories out and low speed/distances! All my best. John Foster
John, thanks so much for your comment. I actually own the book by Greger! I'd love to hear about your trailer adventure. Best, J
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Hi, I'm Reverend J, a queer+ sober wanderer, activist, writer and ordained minister.