• Day 1: I succeeded once giving up candy – for almost two years. Really I did!

    Date: 2010.02.28 | Category: Uncategorized | Tags:

    I actually did give up sweets one other time, for close to two years. My super-inspiring friend Michael Mitchell, who runs the amazing Body Soul Adventures in Paraty, Brazil (Go!) challenged me to give up Starbucks Frappucinos and sweets in early 2002.  I tried it for a month and kept going!

    I did so well that I didn’t touch sweets once, even during an unpleasant breakup with an unpleasant man.  But my Waterloo Candyloo came over the Christmas holidays in 2003 when I was climbing Mount Roraima in Venezuela. (You can read my New York Times article here.) The last three-hour slog up steep boulders was tough and our Indian guide handed us a big yellow box of Brazilian chocolates like the serpent offering Eve the apple.  Mmmm, yum.

    Bingo – exit Sugar-Free Paradise.   I slipped down that slope so fast back into Candyland I never looked back. Six months later I went to Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nev.  We had to bring our own food in for a week – and we packed a lot of candy purchased in bulk at a Wal-Mart.

    I’d never had a weight problem before.  But returning to sugar after a two-year absence screwed something up in my metabolism.  I put on 15 pounds in 2004.

    Since then, I’ve struggled to return to Candy-Free Eden – to no avail.  Will this time be the charm?