Hello humans. je m’appelle Ciaran Callam and I’m a sugar addict. For as far back as I can remember I’ve been literally, irrefutably and undeniably addicted to the sweet tasting white poison we all love to cram into our food. I can’t bear to think about how much money I’ve spent on candy, chocolates, and other forms of junk throughout my life because I know it’s a figure that would horrify me to see written on paper. You see; I’ve spent countless hours gorging my face on delicious carcinogens and while I’ve got to admit that these form some of the happiest memories of my life, the fact remains that I am addicted and that something desperately needs to change. I’ve done a lot of research into the harms of sugar and now that I know just how toxic it is to my health, I can’t justify putting it into my body anymore. There’s also the fact that I’ve been feeling the negative effects of having sugar in my diet for a few years now.  Whenever I eat sugary things, my thoughts and memory get hazy as all hell, my hayfever kicks into 5th gear, I feel physically sick and my vision actually deteriorates. Tis time for a change; so for the next 30 days I’m going cold turkey to once and for all beat my lifelong sugar addiction.

Wish a brother luck!

Day number 14

You know something? I’m really proud of how far I’ve come during my sugar detox. Deep down I knew I could do it but I did have doubts and today I took a good look at myself and said ‘good for you Ciaran.’

The more I do this, the more I can feel my brain reprogramming itself and the more I feel ecstatic for having started this at Christmas instead of waiting until now (the new year). I’ve got lots of plans for what I want to do in 2017 and sorting out my diet/health is right at the top of that list. Having started when I did lets me know that I’m not messing around and now I’ve got the whole year ahead of me, I feel extremely confident.

I’m still having cravings however, and while they’re under control they do worry me for obvious reasons, so to further cement this new mode of thought into my brain I made 3 lists today.

List number 1 – the benefits I’ll get from eating healthily

  • I’ll look younger
  • I’ll have more energy
  • My mind will be sharper
  • This will make me more productive
  • I’ll be able to better manage my life
  • I’ll be more confident
  • I’ll live longer
  • I’ll save money
  • My vision will improve

List number 2 – the negatives that will come from my eating healthily

  • I won’t be able to eat the sugary foods I enjoy
  • The willpower required will be painful
  • It might alienate me from some friends

List number 3 – how eating junk food has negatively impacted my life

  • My memory isn’t what it used to be
  • My vision has suffered
  • I get terrible hayfever
  • If I had back all the money I’ve spent on junk I’d be a wealthy man indeed

When I sat down and read what I’d written it was pretty sobering to say the least. I once heard someone say that eating junk food is pretty ridiculous because the only benefit is the few seconds of mouth pleasure you get when you’re chewing, but after that it literally poisons your body. To carry on doing that when I know the effect sugary junk has on me would make me the proverbial addict with a needle in his arm. I’m done paying good money to poison myself, thank you very much.

I don’t wanna be that dude! Oh and here’s my sweeties. I still haven’t eaten them!