Greetings from my grandparents' house! I'm here tonight for dinner, where I ate a delightful dish of chicken, rice and veggies -- with a side of sugar. But I'll get to that in a minute.
When I arrived at the g-rents', I walked into the kitchen where I noticed a pan of freshly baked brownies. Heartbreak! Before we even ate, I had to turn down dessert. And while I explained to my grandma why I'm giving up sugar, I mindlessly fiddled with a package I found on the kitchen counter, which turned out to be fudge, and that just further proves the title of my last post: sugar is everywhere.
Anyway, in the middle of my first bite of chickeny goodness, my grandmother pulled a bowl of beans out of the fridge. Three bean salad. I've never been a big fan, but vegetables are vegetables, you know? So naturally, I plopped a scoop onto my plate and took a bite. Little did I know that shortly after, the entire planet would shatter into several million pieces, each of which would punch me in the face. Hard.
"I'd hate to tell you this," my granda said. "But I think that has sugar in it."
Pardon me while I weep!
My grandpa suggested, however, that since the bean salad came from a can, it might have sugar alcohol instead of sugar. I googled sugar alcohol, which turns out to be sweetener I don't condone. But for the sake of my sugar free year, I needed to know: sugar, or sugar alcohol?
So my grandparents and I may or may not have dug through two trash cans to find the label from the bean salad. (Relax. We washed our hands.)
The ingredients are as follows: Green beans, water, wax beans, kidney beans, distilled vinegar, dehydrated onions, red peppers, salt, soybean oil, turmeric and...
I'm still in shock. I refuse -- though I am tempted -- to call myself a failure. It is neither my grandparents' fault nor mine. (Feel free, however, to write angry letters on my behalf to the staff of Seneca Foods Corp. in Marion, NY.) (Oh, I kid!)
I think there's a lesson in this, though: living sugar free is going to be harder than I thought. But I still believe it'll be worth it.