One of my favorite things to do is to go unwind at Fort Lauderdale Beach. I can go on and on about how pristine, white, soft, and clean the sandy beaches are over there. I love the myriads of fancy hotels and restaurants on the strip. I love to see people jogging, swimming and riding their bikes nonchalantly. Everyone there seems to be free from anxiety or responsibility—just happy-go-lucky. I also love the historic charm that is associated with Fort Lauderdale Beach. I always feel renewed and full of life after a visit there.
Similarly, one of my favorite restaurants in the area is Sun Surf Sand (S3). Yesterday, after a long meeting with a colleague; I decided to close our deal over dinner at S3. S3 has an interesting menu that serves up a variety of tapas-style small plates, which allows everyone at the table to sample each one of the small plates. My guest and I sampled a few small plates, and they were delicious. We tried the goat cheese croquettes, the wok edamame, and the lamb chops. We both have a flair for great food, but unlike me; she never struggled with weight or sugar addiction.
After we ate our meal, she ordered the chocolate chip Blondie, which is served in a skillet with chocolate and walnuts, topped with a creamy gelato. She ate some and naturally, she asked me to sample some of it. I politely declined because I have taken the vow to not eat any processed sugar, since January of this year. She insisted and said” only one night, it won’t hurt you”. I stood my ground. She ate half of it, then three quarters of it—finally, she said “Dr. Emile, I’m stuffed; please have this small piece”. At this point, I had to explain to her about how I was addicted to sweets, and that I would normally eat that entire cookie and another one. She said “wow, that’s a lot of willpower”! I responded, “No, that’s freedom”. You see, as I looked at that last piece of cookie, drenched in chocolate and ice cream, I thought “I have no taste for it—it’s not for me. I wasn’t enticed by it; I didn’t struggle with the thought of caving in. I love it!!!!!!
Now, let me clarify that I’m not against people having dessert every once in a while, but for me; I decided to only have sugar in its purest forms. So far, it has worked for me, and I don’t have an obsession with sweets any longer. That is a type of freedom that I’m not willing to trade. What an extraordinary evening that was!
So, if you face a similar attachment to sweets, and you’re asking how can I overcome sugar/flour addiction? I can help—feel free to email me at DrKarlynEmile@gmail.com or check out my Facebook group, 365 Healthy Eating and Wellness:
It can be done, I’m living proof.