9/30/09

Dear Carbs: The Natives are Restless


Dear Carbs:

You are determined for me to come crawling back to you, aren't you? This is why Americans are obese; you won't let go. You refuse to respect the end of a relationship. You're like chocolate butter cream frosting clinging to my arteries. You are chocolate butter cream frosting clinging to my arteries.

I see that you've decided to play hard ball. Convincing my youngest daughter to go on strike until she gets sugar was a bit of genius. "No Hugs, No Sugar," that's the rallying cry around here these days. But psyche on you! The rallying cry used to be, "You're a bad mommy," so I'm thinking this is an improvement.

Oh, and don't think that lasagna at the swim team banquet changes anything. It was a moment of weakness, that's all. Goodbye. End of story.

I am on to you like white on rice so watch your back.

22 comments:

Margaret said...

We're about a month into our low glycemic diet, which, you may recall we instituted in an attempt to control my older daughter's seizures. The good news is, I think the diet is working because she seems to be having a lot fewer seizures. The bad news is, I think the diet is working and therefore we cannot chuck it out the window and go back to our happy sugar and high carb ways.

The note in the picture really was made by my younger daughter, who really is on strike.

Cafe Observer said...

Goddess MF, I'm glad the diet is working!! Everyone responds differently to particular foods. And they can feel the difference too!

So, I'm gonna do a mini-celebration and have me another Japanese cream puff before lunch.

Desiree said...

Bad mommy, bad bad mommy!
UGH! There is no worse feeling than making difficult, challenging decisions for your children, and having them resent you for it.

You can always ponder Medea and find yourself the better woman...

Kate said...

Well, hang in there. If the diet's working then fantastic. But these things are so hard. I'm struggling with cutting out stuff and trying to be healthy and that's just for me!

Olga said...

Ah, the things we do for our children that they just don't appreciate. My son used to stand outside our apartment door and shout, "I have the worst mother in the whole world." He's forty now, though, and hardly ever does that anymore...
Congratulations on the diet success, and condolences on the diet success.

... daisy... said...

You're daughter is on the right way to becoming as witty as you are! :-) Fantastic!!!!!! :-D

... daisy... said...

and... brilliant like you are...

Margaret said...

Thanks, Pup. Enjoy your cream puff.

Dez: Yes, I guess I can do a lot of bad mommy business before I reach Medea's heights.

Kate: Good luck. It is hard, isn't it. The naughty foods are just everywhere.

Olga:You make me laugh, and tell you're soon to knock it off!

Daisy: Thanks. I think I needed that.

Susan C said...

A few weeks ago I saw a supermarket tabloid with the headline, "Kate Gosslett's children say they hate her." (Of John & Kate Plus 8 Fame) I thought, "This is news?" I figured I wasn't doing my job if my daughter didn't hate me once in a while.

Susan C said...

PS That really is good news about the seizures diminishing.

Maybe you can share your secret stash with younger daughter.

Jean Spitzer said...

Well, your younger daughter has flair; I'm sorry she's exercising it on you. And I'm very glad to hear that your older daughter's doing better. Hang in there.

Joanne said...

Food affects us in so many ways. My family was just discussing how we seem to prefer eating home, knowing the food well and how it's been cooked/processed. Lately, it just tastes better than what we get out. How wonderful that the diet is diminishing your daughter's seizures. Great news!

Nomad said...

The only way I could stay away from carbs is if they made their way into veggies.

pasadenaadjacent said...

So are you missing the hugs? that is kinda sweet in a non white sugar kind of way.

Shell Sherree said...

That's marvellous news, Margaret. {Err, about the change of diet working - not the withholding of hugs!} Good on you all ~ surely it will get easier...

Margaret said...

Susan: I felt too bad about the secret stash so I don't have it anymore, but my youngest is not totally deprived. We have sugar-free ice cream and puddings and when my oldest is out, I usually hustle the youngest over to Starbucks.

Jean: I agree with you about the flair. We are actually rather impressed. She is fighting power with the only tool she possesses.

Joanne: It really is amazing how sugar and salt are in so many processed things -- even things like multigrain bread and even a lot of vitamins have sugar in them.

Nomad: I hate to break it to you, but they are in some veges, especially potatoes, which I just adore.

PA: It is kind of sweet. She can be very stubborn, but I always like to tell her that stubborn is just another word for determined.

Shell:It is good news and a relief. I hope it continues.

Lynne said...

The calendar is on her side, it's October today. Just one month until the sugar lovers holiday arrives, Halloween. Then she just needs to ask the neighbors for candy! Although I've known people who bought back the halloween candy that is uneaten from their kids. Then instead of hugs vs candy it could be candy vs money!

altadenahiker said...

Something tells me you're looking good these days. (Not that you always didn't.)

gaelikaa said...

Manipulation is a terrible thing; don't give in!!!!

I respectfully question the wisdom of making the whole family take this diet. But it's your family......you know best....

It might seem a little unfair to the youngest one....that's all. But I'm glad your older daughter's improving.

I think you're a great mother!

Bec said...

You're a good mom - I know it must be hard. I'm trying to get back on the no sugar / no white flour diet for awhile to help my energy levels and mood swings so I'll stop posting all the baking :)
Check this out: http://healthyindulgences.blogspot.com/

Montag said...

I don't know if it's just carbs. I always check ingredients, even on packages of foods I always eat. About a year ago, Planter's Dry Roasted Peanuts began listing corn syrup solids in the ingredients.
So I looked at the label for something like Planter's Sweetened dry roasted whatevers...nothing about it on the label.

When you think of all the time and effort that goes into a sincere effort to diet...

I sense a conspiracy.

Margaret said...

Montag: Reading labels is a science. It's mind boggling when you realize that even many vitamins have sugar in them!