What’s your kryptonite?

Published: December 17, 2013, 9:42 am, by Jen Mulson

cake frostingMy kryptonite is lurking in the breakroom right now: Cake with thick, slightly dry, softly crunchy frosting. Gobs and gobs of sugary nirvana.

Sugar is my weakness. Specifically, candy. Not so much cookies, pie or brownies. Straight-up candy, though I do love the frosting.

What’s your poison? We all have one, don’t we? That thing we know isn’t good for us, but can’t seem to let go of. And of course, this could be anything, not just a food or beverage.

Every week I set the intention to stop consuming delightful licorice bits and peppermints. And every week, somehow a box of Good & Plenty winds up in my shopping cart. How’d that get there?

I’ve researched how to put the kibosh on sugar cravings. My latest find is the amino acid L-Glutamine. I can’t explain to you the science behind it (go Google it!), but one of its side effects includes beating the sugar habit. It’s also good for ulcers, apparently, which I happen to unfortunately have experience with.

Other ways people beat the sugary beast back are to consume protein or a fat, like a bit of cheese or avocado, when a craving hits. You can also brush your teeth. That might sound strange, but I find that to be a deterrent to chomping on some fruit sours.

kryptoniteI’m planning to write a January column on beating sugar cravings. What tricks do you use? Or, if sugar’s not your kryptonite, what is?

Write me: jen.mulson@gazette.com.