But too many cookies and caffeine really wreck havoc with my digestive system and I've decided to abstain from sugar for the next 30 days. Unfortunately the next 30 days just happens to be during the worst time of the year for sugary treats!
I'm taking my inspiration from a story in Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project. She also struggled with this dilemma during the holidays, but found the best solution was to totally cut off all sugar consumption. Eating a cookie here or there created too much temptation to eat more, but making a solid decision not to eat any sweets made it much easier to stick with her goal.
While this may make me sound like a total scrooge, I think it's a good thing to set limits, particularly around this time of the year. I still plan to bake and decorate cookies with James, and I'm sure I will appreciate the time much better without the accompanying sugar highs and lows that usually come with it.
Have you ever had to cut out sugar during the holidays, or challenged yourself to some other diet restriction during a challenging time? How did you get through it, and did it become a permanent habit for your life?
I'm off to see if my UN-caffinated brain can get some work done!