One of the things some of you have mentioned about diabetes is that saying "no more sugar" is a bit overboard, and yes, I agree, but there is a reason. See, when it comes to sugar, I am similar to an alcoholic. I simply cannot control my intake once it stops; there is no "less and less sugar intake" for me. This is also why sugar-free candies and non-diet soda are also out. I'd eliminate diet sodas, too, if fruit juices didn't require refrigeration.
I tried going off sugar for one month in 2004, and it worked as part of a "how long can I go without sugar?" but then the year got so depressing what with Fran's death, money problems, my job woes, and all... I needed it back. After that it was apparent that I was bingeing. I couldn't stop. I tried and lasted maybe a day before I got really shaky.
My friend Ben, while he was working at AOL, went on "the patch" to quit smoking. This was before they were over-the-counter, and his doctor told him, "Now that you have the patch, if you smoke, the rush of nicotine will KILL YOU!" [horn section] Ben went cold turkey after the patch, and we both wondered later on if the doctor could have just given him a piece of tape and said it was the patch. Ben has now been smoke-free for 9 years and has two wonderful kids.
I need that threat of death. I am not scared of dying since I have had an NDE and don't fear the afterlife at all, but it seems to be the tool I need in order to not to go back to sugar. I need the excuse, whatever my brain is translating it as; "finality" or whatever. I get my sugars from fruits and the like, and I am sure I'll get it from from other things like General Tso's chicken or something, but what do I have to lose by saying, "No, I am a diabetic, I can't have that or I'll go loopy?"
So in effect, I am doing the same thing that pissed poor "Timmy" off. Although medically I have diabetes, so it may not be the same, but I don't have to take 3 shots a day of insulin.