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Sugar Blues Part One: My Sugar Story

Growing up, I was not allowed to drink soda or watch TV, but I was allowed to eat copious amounts of candy on a daily basis.  I loved (still love) candy, especially junior mints, york peppermint patties, and peanut butter m&ms.  After being picked up from school, my mom would take my brother and I to 711 everyday for a casual slurpee + candy.  Then most evenings, we would convince my dad to take us down to Walgreens for dessert for some more candy.  Thinking about this now feels insane to me.  My parents have always been very health conscious and fed us extremely well and at the same time took us for candy at least once every day.  I used sugar to cope with the stress and awkwardness of adolescence and to "treat" myself for all kinds of insignificant achievements.   Read More

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