For as long as I can remember, sweets have been one of the more forbidden pleasures of life. As a child, there were the sneaky trips to the cookie jar at night for a forbidden snack. As a teen there were lunchtime donuts consisting of frosting and jam. As a young adult there was pretty much anything I wanted, considering I lived alone for a decade and was gainfully employed for most of that time. Sometime around 30 this began to change. While the occasional sweet was still very much enjoyable, the quantity I wanted waned. By my mid-30s, having a sugary sweet was something I could do no more than twice a week before feeling queasy. Last year, at the age of 37, I noticed that while there was still the desire to enjoy a chocolate chip cookie, a chocolate bar, or donut, I'd often lose interest after smelling the food. Not always, mind you, but often enough that the body's disinterest in sugary foods could not be ignored.
Not wanting to gorge on foods and beverages rich in refined sugar certainly has its benefits. Our bodies change over time and this is likely yet another sign that middle age wants to wrest the last vestiges of youth away in the hopes that I give up the illusion of invincibility and accept my fate as an ordinary human, as frail and flawed as anyone who has ever walked the planet. What I find interesting about this change is its selectiveness. Carbohydrates, foods that are incredibly rich in all kinds of sugars and starches, are still very much a part of my diet and I enjoy these with every meal of every day. Bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta are not disappearing off the table anytime soon. So what is it about the sugar in snack foods that is no longer interesting?
Unfortunately I don't have the answer to this question. What I can say is that it's nice that the body is providing a natural reason to ignore the sugary treats. I just wish the mind would also stop reminding me of how much I used to enjoy the unhealthy foods from my past.