“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana
So, about 2 1/2 weeks into my new diet (about 1.5weeks ago), I cheated. Up until now, I had been doing pretty well. I had had a couple of rocky days where every fast food place I drove by was flashing giant **MILKSHAKE** signs, but, I had been able to abstain. I now had an opportunity to make a friend/co-worker dessert for her birthday. She absolutely loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup candies. I needed something simple, from a box, especially since I’ve nearly eliminated all flour and sugar from my pantry. Being a recovering sugar addict and confessed foodie, I knew I had seen a recipe for peanut butter cup brownies somewhere.
After an brief internet search, I had the one I wanted. Simple. 1 box Ghiradelli chocolate brownie mix and 1 package mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Grease pan, prepare box per instructions and pour into pan. Then, arrange mini cups as desired and bake! Sounded deliciously rich and just what my sugar free diet had me craving.
After making them, I spent some time deliberating and staring at the batter bowl on the counter. Then, I licked it clean… I just couldn’t bring myself to put that stupid bowl in the sink and turn on the water. I had lost all willpower. The chocolatey goodness was right there in front of me, waiting to be eaten. Then, to make matters worse, I just happened to drop a couple peanut butter cups on the counter. I ate them, too.
Holy BIG MISTAKE! Found myself on the couch 10mins later, one hand on my stomach and one hand on my head. 4 glasses of water, 2 tylenol and 2 hours later, I was still having a migraine. I thought I was going to die. I checked myself for stroke symptoms at least 3 times. Somehow I managed to finish the brownies and get them in the fridge without burning them. I still couldn’t see straight.
Needless-to-say, I did not have any desire to have a brownie the next day at lunch. Everyone said they were delicious. I just took their word for it. Its amazing how much my sugar tolerance decreased in just a few short weeks.
Lesson learned and remembered.