|A doughnut at the office - newsworthy?|
The other day I had a doughnut in the office, the first I've had since my November experiment with blood sugar (2 D-nuts = blood sugar 212, ugh). My co-workers snapped this photo. However, when my kids visited my office and all laughed at the picture of me eating a doughnut, I realized it was a more significant photo than I had thought. The secret to me not eating doughnuts all day every day wasn't that I have an iron discipline, that failed me for 30+ years. What changed was I learned not to like doughnuts. What enabled that was shifting from a sugar dependant metabolism to a flexible, fat burning and ketone making metabolism, and then noticing over a few years of running on fat, that doughnuts were just another pile of sugar, nothing special, nothing exotic, nothing magic.
Freud said "Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar." He was trying to say "It has no sexual connotation when I smoke a stogie." Well, to get control of sugar snacking behavior, you have to get to the point that a doughnut is just a doughnut. When your metabolism is not sugar ingestion dependent, it doesn't make you feel much different when you eat a doughnut, or some other carb laden sugary treat. When, on the other hand, you are dependent on carb ingestion to sustain blood sugar levels and mood, the doughnut is a lot more than just a doughnut. To the unconscious mind, that doughnut was a life line, a way out of the darkness, a light at the end of a dark tunnel. In that context, you'd be hard pressed to oppose the unconscious mind's association to goodness the next time you reach a close point of approach with a doughnut.
Getting to the point of not eating sugar all the time so that I could become a fat burning machine was more a matter of organization and habit than will power. The right organization and the best habits were discovered by years of trial and error. Or as I like to tell the kids, "You have to fail to succeed."