August 10th, 2018


Addictions ...

I have read a couple of books in the past few years that are all about how addictive sugar is, and how it should be "controlled". Of course, as a libertarian, I think the latter part of that is hogwash, but I sure do get cravings from time to time. And, needless to say, while trying to maintain a diabetes-friendly diet, snarfing down candy is not something that I should be doing.

However ... there's the dollar store. And there's the candy aisle in the dollar store. And there are (at least) two of my all-time favorite candies in the candy aisle in the dollar store. One of which is gummy bears, and the other being Red Vines ... a nice, big, 6oz (supposedly 5 "servings") bag of Red Vines (which one can try to convince oneself are healthy, since the main ingredients might be argued to be "corn", "wheat", and sort of "citrus"!) ... for a buck. As you know, I have been remarkably successful at keeping myself "clean & sober" over the past few decades, but the siren song of this stuff is too much for me, so every now and again, into the cart they go.

Now, I'm not a daily candy eater, but when I've got a craving, I've got a craving, and having some around seems a better option than having my going nuts or having to make a guilty (and pricey) late night run over to 7-11 to scratch that itch. And today, whilst surfing the web, I had an inclination to have "a few" Red Vines. I'm not a moron, so I knew going in this was going to be more than a 3-piece "serving", but I had really expected eating less than half of the package. So, there I was, reading stuff online, and pushing those sweet red sticks into my face ... not paying much attention to the quantity, until, that is, I suddenly realized that there weren't any more left in the package. OOOPS!

And, you know what? I just took a sniff of the empty bag ... addictive behavior patterns are addictive behavior patterns. I guess I should at least be glad that it wasn't a dozen gin gimlets!

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