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I Can’t Escape the Sugar Junkies!

Today, I simply couldn’t escape carb compulsiveness.

It all began during lunch at this speakers convention I’m attending in Atlanta. Suffice it to say that what they served us was horribly unhealthy and virtually uneatable for me. (Three weird wraps, with greasy, cheesy, processed meats, a slab of potato salad, and more inedible crap.)

Hungry for something healthy like a salad topped with a piece of fish or some other protein, I left the luncheon program and dashed off to a mall next to my hotel. As I purposefully darted about the area, I passed by at least a dozen junk-food joints, including a Dairy Queen, a pizza place, a deep-fried chicken eatery, and a subway hut.

As I vainly wandered about the mall in search of a nutritious meal, many, many heavy, hefty folks — seemingly oblivious of all their excess padding — clamored for these carb-heavy meals and rich desserts. (It sure was hard to believe that millions of Americans nationwide are on a low-carb diet.)

I finally got a good lunch back at my hotel, where I saw a number of other lunch defects, including one man who agreed with me that the meal choices we’d been offered were awful.

Then, late this afternoon, at 4:10 p.m., at a fascinating Internet marketing session kicked underway, I witnessed further evidence of the sugar addiction that’s controlling many Americans.

– The obese woman to my left was noshing on M&M’s.

– The overweight guy seated to my immediate right was drinking a rich, coffee-chocolate drink, topped with a big chunk of whipped cream.

– And the big-bellied man to his right was gorging on vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips.

Evidently, these three were in the grips of a blood-sugar slump, and so, like millions of folks around us, clamored for some quickie carbs for "relief."

What a series of sad, depressing sights I was confronted with today. I’m still marveling at the fact that people are so unaware of what harm they’re doing to their bodies.

Clearly, these two incidents provide just more evidence of the urgent need to raise people’s consciousness about the dangers of overconsuming processed carbs and neglecting quality carbs and foods.

What did I do about my two afternoon non-delights? Absolutely nothing. Sometimes keeping mum is the best way to go. But I sure did get some fodder for this blog! And, of course, I just got more determined to make a difference!

Do you, too, sometimes (or often) feel besieged, cornered, and discouraged by ignorant, diehard sugar and quickie-carb junkies? Frustrated by their lack of awareness? Share your surrounded-by-sugar-addicts stores.

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5 thoughts on “I Can’t Escape the Sugar Junkies!

  1. What people around me choose to eat is their concern. What annoys me is when there are so few options around for good food. Life is social and you are not always in a good place to get some decent food.
    As for low-carb – most people have dropped that like a stone. Watch for the pro-carb backlash!!

  2. Yeah, that’s what was so, so frustrating to me — the lack of healthy options!!
    What I often tell members of my free online KickSugar group is that we have to plan, plan, plan!! It’s just that when you’re out of town it’s a bit tougher. So that was my challenge.
    …I’m glad to be back in New York where I can find lots of salad bars and healthy food every few blocks.

  3. Hi Connie,
    What a great topic! Yes, I do feel surrounded by sugar addicts. In fact, I’ll go you one better and say that I’m one of them, BUT I do adhere to a healthy lifestyle of daily exercise and eating organic healthy foods — but do need a shot of sugar from time to time. Mostly, though, I want to be healthy for quality of life so I stick to this regimen. I get teased for being so “holistic” though. In fact, somehow people think I’m one of “those.” LOL! Well at least I CAN run and also play in the swimming pool with the kids!
    Have a tail waggin’ day!

  4. Well for many of the reasons you and others have posted on this blog, I started a sugar-free healthier bakery in 1989! In our 15th year, we’ve become fairly well known in LA. Please stop by if you’re around and say hi! Most of our products are sweetened with fruit juice reduction, barley malt and other non cane sugar products. Nice to see others in other parts of the country who are also interested in alternatively sweetened snacks and foods!

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