Happy Easter, Sugah!
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Surely the last month or more, you have stumbled across a fair amount of Easter eggs, bunnies, lilies, chics and crosses not to forget a few wooly lambs, ruffly dresses with matching bonnets, palm branches, and then THERE IS SUGAR. Chocolatey, marshmallowy, crunchy, chewy or melty – but, surely, yummy, SUGARY DELICIOUSNESS.
This time of year is a sugaraholic’s dream. Yes, I am a recovering sugaraholic. Please wait for a second; I HAVE NOT recovered. I have had to cope with my addiction for decades, and though I have managed it marvelously over the last few years, oooh, that evil one still pops up her ugly head a few times a year.
Easter is exciting for those celebrating Christianity. It is the foundation of the Christian faith. Jesus, the Son of God, fulfilled a prophecy and died on the cross for us to be forgiven for OUR sins. The New Testament states through His death, He has given the gift of eternal life in heaven to those who believe in His death and resurrection.
Many people celebrate Easter who are not Christians. They participate in the Easter Egg hunts, take their unwilling children for family photos, and get together for large family dinners.
There is a fasting period before Easter called Lent, in which many partake in the public and spiritual support system to focus on a time for repentance and remembrance. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts 40 days ending on Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion (this excludes Sundays).
Whether Christian nor not, many peeps will kick off on a 40-day withdrawal from alcohol or sugar or institute other healthy habits such as gratitude journaling or starting a workout program. It is too bad we don’t use these 40-day spurts throughout the year. Maybe even quarterly like the seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Are we on to something, my friends?!
I perhaps should celebrate my Sugar “Lent” during the biggest sugar times of the year – from Halloween through Christmas then take a bender break around Easter. I love them all, whether it is candy, chocolates, baked goods, or the like. I know how to moderate my little sugary loves, but only by bringing small batches into the casa; itsy bitsy morsels. I KNOW THIS! That is why only one donut makes its way into the house when I crave a box. ONE. So during the holidays, I avoid the candy isles, ignore check-out end caps, and do my best to stay hunkered down away from the Sugar Monster because holidays can throw me right back into the bad-girl behavior, and bam my ass is in bed with migraine madness for days on end.
AND HERE WE ARE – today, I am battling Day 5 of what is for sure partly to blame for my recent Sugar Binge. I know I just told you I know how to moderate. I did avoid all the store’s teasers. I did. And, I can, in part, blame this head-pounding hitch a bit on my quarterly migraine botox shots coming up, and we have had a few storms roll onto the shore from the Gulf, therefore the barometric pressure is crappy, and I have worked a lot…whoa look at those deflections from sugar consumption. Confession time ~~~ consuming a batch of no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies this week may have significantly contributed to my current sorrowful discontent. And the damnedest thing, I KNOW WHAT MY “AFTER” WILL LOOK LIKE BEFORE AND DURING MY SUGARAHOLIC PARTIES, which is no different than any other addict of anything – it IS NOT a surprise, and you want more and more and more. Ultimately you feel like crap physically, mentally, and emotionally.
So now that I have shared my Easter Holiday with you, I sincerely hope you are enjoying your family day and celebrating a time of remembrance, new beginnings, Spring, and honoring your faith, whatever that is for you.
Love you, mean it… Coach Peggy