My name is Emma and I’m in the grips…GRIPS(!) of a vegan carrot cake addiction. Every day for the last err, I don’t want to
know think about it, I’ve been frequenting the lovely Cafe Babalu round the corner from my stupendous Reykjavik pad and engaging in what can only be described as frivalous carrot cake devouring. More demolishing than devouring really. Jeez, it’s been a torrid affair, a delicious romance, an unrequited love-fest of colossal proportions. I’ve given the best afternoons of my life to this cake and in return it’s given me nothing but empty promises (and purse) and regret. Well hear this, no more!
Truth be told it’s not really the cake I’m addicted to. It’s not even the coffee shop with its gay surroundings (no really), free wi-fi, comfy couches and sultry mix of suave Icelandic and European coffee suppers. Oh no! It’s something much darker, more dastardly…
“I’ve had many friends and clients who gave up all other drugs, all the stimulants, with relative ease, compared to the struggle of giving up sugar…It is the real gateway drug, the one that leads to all the other drug addictions. I myself found sugar more difficult to quit than all the other stimulants put together. It made quitting smoking seem easy by comparison”
Elwin Robinson, LionHeart Herbs
Yes. I’m a self-confessed, full-on sugar addict. Having managed to largely avoid refined sugar in all its evil forms for the best part of three years I’ve turned in to a fully fledged sugar addict. Within the space of two weeks! It’s really not important for me to analyse how it got to this, but I know it has to end. Truth is, I feel err, bigger and generally all the side effects of sugar imbalance. All I care about now is overcoming this torrid affair and moving on to food that does love me 🙂 (Check out this earlier blog on unrequited food love)
So what now?
Step 1 – cut out the sugar. Seems pretty obvious doesn’t it but as the quote above illustrates well, sugar is more addictive than it’s given credit for. So that’s why I am…
Step 2 – making myself accountable. Posting this blog means I can’t screw around with you guys as easily as I can delude myself and say I’m not eating the cake when I am. That would make me feel bad. I also need to…
Step 3 – take massive action. I am one of those people that needs to take drastic measures or massive gestures to shock myself out of this behaviour which is why I’ve decided to…
Step 4 – do a juice/smoothie feast. I’ve worked out that it’s within my flimsy Icelandic budget to afford 4 juices a day at the local juice bar. So it’s my intention to juice feast on vegetable juices until I’ve got this addiction kicked in the arse.
Can I do it. Of course. Will I? Who knows? Let’s find out shall we?
It’s also the new moon tomorrow – new moon, new start 🙂
Meantime, you can read the rest of Elwin Robinson’s article on sugar here
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/