Sugar Pie Honey Bunch

This is my second day without bread or sugar.  Except for those four cookies yesterday. But other than that, I’m good.  I’ve come to believe that refined sugar is a poison, which sounds extreme, but I think it may really be killing us. And my bread eating habit, amounting to six or seven slices on any given day, is out of control. So I’m trying to live without bread (which is really just sugar in sheep’s clothing) and without sugary foods like cookies and any kind of dessert worth eating.  

Today instead of my customary sandwich for lunch I had two hard boiled eggs, a couple of those cute triangular cheeses and an apple.  It was good actually.  I went out into the back yard, sat in the sunshine and ate my lunch with organic Italian grapefruit soda instead of lemonade in my Arnold Palmer.  Although, come to think of it, there is probably sugar in the soda.  Rats. Okay, I’m new to this; it may take me a day or two to get the hang of it.

So while I was in a sugar-free mood, I thought it would be fun to purge my writing of sugar-related descriptions and phrases along with my diet.  Not for any particular reason, and not permanently, but just for the exercise. And here’s my list; see what you can add to it:

Sweetie Pie, Honey, Sugar, Cupcake, Sweetness, Sweetpea (at a pinch), Sweet as honey, Sweet on someone, Sweet tooth, Revenge is sweet, Short and sweet, Sweet nothings, Sweet talking, a Sweet deal, Sweet FA, Sweet nothings, Sweet talk, the Sweet smell of success, Take your own sweet time, Sweet sixteen, Home sweet home, Sweeten the pot,  Sweetness and light, Sweet Caroline, Sweet Adeline, Sweet Jesus, Sweet home Alabama, Sweet rolls, Bittersweet, Sweetener, Say sweetly.  

Then there’s the honey trap:  Sweet as honey, Land of milk and honey, Honey roasted, Honey I’m home, Honeybun, Honeymoon, Honeyed words.

Hotcakes, Take the cake, Cake (meaning money), Have your cake and eat it, Icing on the cake, Caked with mud, Piece of cake.

And of course, Mary Poppins’ immortal Spoonful of sugar.

 

 

 


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4 thoughts on “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch

  1. Sweet Pea is a wonderful, fragrant flower and honey is natural sugar (do you really want to cut natural sugar?) If you cut natural sugar that would include all kinds of fruits. Are you trying to cut carbs? That’s a whole lot to do at one time. Cut the carbs and when you’re used to not having anything good to eat, you can cut the sugar and really deprive yourself of the rest of the good stuff. You might as well take vitamins and eat cardboard. xo

    • I’m really just cutting out refined sugar, Nancy, the super-sweet kind we add to cakes and pies and cookies and such. The sugars in fruit are more complex, so I feel they’re okay. I think honey is essentially the same nutritionally as refined sugar–but I don’t much care for it so cutting it out of my diet is no hardship! Examined closely, all I’m giving up is bread and baked goods–there’s a reason they call them “goods.” Sigh.

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