“I generally avoid temtation unless I can’t resist it” – Mae West

I have been trying to avoid sugar since January, and I have done pretty well considering I was a little out of control with sugar over the holidays.  I am very good at avoiding and buying sugary treats unless they are right there in front of and then I don’t have a whole lot of power to resist them.

However temptation island has made it’s way to outside my freaking cube at work. It started the week of Valentines when the guy who sits next to me put out 3 candy dishes full of Valentines candy. Up until last week the only thing I had allowed my self was two Hershey’s Kisses. However last week my arch nemesis moved onto the island and now all three dishes (which were almost finally empty) have been refilled with Easter candy (my favorite I think probably because of the colors, since that’s the only thing that changes from one holiday to the next). The Butterfingers I could leave but I love gummy candy and there’s a dish of Sweet-Tart gummy bunnies that I keep sneaking one here and there as I go by.

Then today a box of cookies showed up, and then a box of danish after lunch that disappeared right before I went to take this picture (and as I write this someone is adding more candy to the dishes).

I have to pass this every time I go to my desk.

I then went on to start talking to my coworker about how sneaking labeling laws are in regards to lots of stuff but mostly GMO and Sugar. Did you know that if something has 2 grams of sugar or less they can say it’s sugar free even though it has sugar in it (I found this out at my 2nd class on Monday)? So depending on the amount of that product you eat you could end up with way more sugar than you expected. Plus it’s a beast that’s known by many names so unless you know what your looking for you could miss sugar being in something.

Here is a list of the different how hidden sugar and sweeteners can be listed on your labels:

  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Malt syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Pancake syrup
  • Fructose sweetner
  • Liquid fructose
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Cane Juice
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Granulated sugar
  • Jaggary (unrefined cane sugar)
  • Palm sugar (made from sap of the Palmyra palm)
  • Anhydrous dextrose
  • Crystal dextrose
  • Sucrose (table sugar)
  • Refined Cane Sugar
  • Beet Sugar
  • Dextrose (crystalline glucose from starch)
  • Fructose (fruit sugar)
  • Maltose (malt)
  • Lactose  (milk sugar)
  • Fruit juice concentrait
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Gluclose
  • Invert sugar (simple syrup)
  • Galactose (dairy)
  • Tubinado sugar (sugar cane-brown)
  • Confectioner’s sugar (powdered)
  • Caramelized sugar
  • Caramel
  • Agave
  • Acesulfame Potassium
  • Aspartame
  • Cyclamate
  • Neotame
  • Saccharin (Splenda)

The list goes on and on, these are just the common ones. I also shared with her this video from Robin O’Brien’s TED Talk on GMO’s and food allergies.

The bill that allowed for GMO foods to be used was passed in 1992 which would have been when I was 6. Now pretty much all of my friends that have had babies have been born with some sort of food allergy, and I wholeheartedly believe it’s because all of the additives, artificial dyes and GMO ingredients that have been in our food for the majority of our lives. I could go on about GMO’s but I will save that for another day this post has fulfilled it’s mission which was to distract me from temptation island until it was time to go.

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3 thoughts on ““I generally avoid temtation unless I can’t resist it” – Mae West

  1. You are much stronger than me. Sugar is my biggest weakness, and I definitely would not have been able to eat just two Hershey kisses. In fact, I probably would have housed all of those bowls by now. Keep up the good work!

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    • Ha ha Jess it’s certainly hard not to just grab a little something every time I pass by it. Although I might just start throwing away a piece every time I go by it. After Easter hopefully the island will disappear until Halloween.

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